Labs & Groups


Biological and Chemical Oceanography Data Management Office (BCO-DMO)

Principal Investigators: Peter Wiebe, Danie Kinkade, Mak Saito, and Adam Shepherd
BCO-DMO serves investigators funded by the NSF Geosciences Directorate (GEO) Division of Ocean Sciences (OCE) Biological and Chemical Oceanography Sections and Office of Polar Programs (OPP).  BCO-DMO manages and provides access to oceanographic biogeochemical, ecological, and complementary physical data and information generated through scientific research funded by these NSF programs. Contact:

Coastal Groundwater Geochemistry

Principal Investigator: Matthew Charette
The main research goal of the Coastal Groundwater Geochemistry group is to better understand the impact of submarine groundwater discharge on chemical cycles in coastal ocean systems. Specifically, we are interested in the chemical cycles of naturally occurring radioisotopes (e.g. radium, radon), trace metals (e.g. barium, uranium), and nutrients (e.g. nitrate, phosphate).

Computational Biogeochemistry Group

Principal Investigator(s): Scott Doney and David Glover
The focus of the group is on the interactions of chemical/biological/physical processes in the ocean and the coupling of the carbon-cycle and climate in the ocean and on a global-scale. Most of the present work involves the use of numerical models and satellite remote sensing.

Nutrient Analytical Facility

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Nutrient Analytical Facility utilizes several state of the art methods and instruments for quantifying bio-element concentrations in environmental samples.

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.

Molecular Environmental Science

Principal Investigator: Elizabeth Kujawinski
The lab combines research in analytical chemistry, chemical oceanography, microbiology and microbial ecology to elucidate the controls on dissolved organic matter composition in aquatic systems.

Ocean Carbon and Biogeochemistry (OCB) Program

OCB is a dynamic network of scientists working across disciplines such as ocean chemistry, biology, and physics to understand the ocean’s role in the global carbon cycle and how marine ecosystems and biogeochemical cycles are responding to environmental change.

Petroleum Organic Geochemistry Group (POGG)

The Petroleum Organic Geochemistry Group at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution focuses on using a variety of carbon containing compounds to understand processes which have affected petroleum basins and sediment-covered hydrothermal vent areas. A particular focus of the group is gas. Gas formation and migration processes strongly affect subsurface fluid flow which ultimately determines where and how much gas is available to drive geological processes and as an energy resource.

U.S Joint Ocean Global Flux Study (JGOFS)

The U.S. launched the Joint Global Ocean Flux Study (JGOFS) in the late 1980s to study the ocean carbon cycle. An ambitious goal was set to understand the controls on the concentrations and fluxes of carbon and associated nutrients in the ocean.