Labs & Groups


Cape Abilities Partnership

Cape Abilities partners with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution to provide quality work at the small and mid-scale production level, while offering opportunities to individuals with disabilities in the science and technology field.

Coastal Systems Group

The Coastal Group at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution seeks to better understand natural processes and human impact in coastal areas through historic and paleoceanographic study.

Biogeochemistry Laboratory

Research in the biogeochemistry laboratory is directed towards factors controlling the isotope composition (13C, 14C, 2H, 15N, 34S) of organic materials in marine environments; construction of ancient conditions (pCO2, trophic structure) from isotopic compositions of organic compounds in sediments; techniques of isotope analysis.

Edgcomb Laboratory

The Edgcomb laboratory studies the diversity and evolution of protists and their distribution and community structure, particularly in marine micro-oxic and anoxic/sulfidic environments.

Ice-Ocean Environmental Buoy Program (IOEBs)

The scientific program which generated the IOEB studies the physical, thermodynamic, and biogechemical processes which operate in ice covered oceans, and their response to and effect on climate.

The Gaetani Lab

Studying experimental petrology and geochemistry.

Marine Seismology and Geoacoustics Group

This group focuses on seismic wave propagation in heterogeneous and anisotropic media typical of the marine environment and on the effects of the seafloor in long-range ocean acoustic propagation.  Natural sources (for example, earthquakes, whale calls, and storm generated noise) and controlled sources (for example shipping, explosions and airguns) are considered.  Techniques include borehole seismic experiments in the seafloor and time-domain finite-difference synthetic seismogram methods.

Microbial Biogeochemistry Group

Scientists in the microbial biogeochemistry group at WHOI are studying microbes and microbial processes in environments as different as boiling hot deep sea hydrothermal vents and subzero arctic permafrost.

National Ocean Sciences Accelerator Mass Spectrometer Facility (NOSAMS)

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution's National Ocean Sciences Accelerator Mass Spectrometry Facility (NOSAMS) was established in 1989 to process and analyze a large number of small volume seawater samples (>13,700) collected as part of the World Ocean Circulation Experiment (WOCE).

Northeast National Ion Microprobe Facility (NENIMF)

The Northeast National Ion Microprobe Facility (NENIMF) is an outgrowth of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) Regional Ion Microprobe Facililty.

Ocean Bottom Magnetology Laboratory

Scientific research on magnetism here in the Geology and Geophysics Department at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution centers on various aspects of how the magnetism is recorded by the crust, what the magnetic recording can tell us about past history of Earth's tectonic plates and how Earth's magnetic field itself has varied in the past.

Ocean Bottom Seismometer Laboratory

WHOI has been developing, building and operating instrumentation for ocean-bottom seismology since 1975. Over the past 10 years these instruments have been used in 20 separate projects involving 536 instrument deployments.

Paleo Mass Spectrometer

A new Finnigan mass spectrometer system for the analysis of calcium carbonate samples was purchased by the Paleoceanography research group at WHOI in 1992. It was installed by Finnigan in March 1993 and has been in operation since April of 1993.

Paleoceanography & Climate

The thirty-plus members of the Paleoceanography & Climate Group at WHOI use natural archives—sediment cores, corals, glacial ice—and state-of-the-art analytical tools to understand climate-linked changes in the circulation, biology, and chemistry of the oceans.

Seafloor Samples Laboratory

The Seafloor Samples Laboratory of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution has more than 14,000 archived marine geological samples that have been carefully recovered from the seabed. The inventory includes long, stratified sediment cores, rock dredges, surface grabs and samples collected by DSRV Alvin.

The Mantle Rocks (Veronique Le Roux)

Using petrology, geochemistry, field work, experimental petrology, and 3-D imaging of mantle-derived rocks, Veronique Le Roux's lab aims to answer fundamental questions on the nature of the Earth’s mantle.

WHOI Arctic Group

The Arctic Ocean is an important component of the global climate system. Processes occurring in the Arctic Ocean affect the rate of deep and bottom water formation in the convective regions of the North Atlantic and influence ocean circulation across the globe.