MC&G Student Research


From Oceanus Magazine

The Recipe for a Harmful Algal Bloom

Many ingredients mix in the ocean to make toxic shellfish

A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Ocean

Following seawater pathways to help predict climate changes

Sharks Take 'Tunnels' into the Depths

Spiraling eddies offer conduits to food in the ocean twilight zone

Forecasting Where Ocean Life Thrives

Scientists focus on seams in the ocean called 'fronts'

A Change Has Come in the Arctic

A rise in radium in the ocean signals changes along the coast

Students Get Their Sea Legs

Orientation cruise provides introduction to ocean research

The Bacteria on Your Beaches

Are more antibiotic-resistant bacteria getting into the ocean?

How Is the Seafloor Made?

Scientists use sound waves to probe the fabric of tectonic plates

Unearthing Long-Gone Hurricanes

A hunt for buried scientific treasure

A Double Whammy for Corals

Global warming and local weather combine to cause massive bleaching

How Do Fish Find Their Way?

Hatched in the ocean, larvae may use sound to settle on reefs

Pop Goes the Seafloor Rock

Seafloor lavas reveal the inner workings of our planet

The Amazing Acquired Phototroph!

Stealing parts from their prey, these hunters turn into farmers

Shark Tales

Satellite tags reveal hidden world of ocean's largest fish

Journey Into the Ocean's Microbiomes

A scientist examines a tango between marine animals and bacteria

Minerals Made by Microbes

Some geology naturally requires biology

Through the Looking-Glass of the Sea Surface

Measuring the ins and outs of the critical border between air and ocean

A Mighty Mysterious Molecule

Chemical compounds are the currency in ocean ecosystems

Seal Whiskers Inspire Marine Technology

By observing nature, biomimetic engineer designs new sensor

How Did Earth Get Its Ocean?

A student’s quest to learn the origin of our planet’s water

Specks in the Spectrometer

An atomic odyssey from the Great Calcite Belt to a data point

Epiphany Among the Manta Rays

Can we mobilize a navy of scuba divers as citizen scientists?

Earth's Riverine Bloodstream

Flowing down rivers are clues to how our whole planet works

Ice, Wind & Fury

Scientists investigate the avalanche of winds known as piteraqs

Tracking a Trail of Carbon

Leaf waxes buried in Lake Titicaca holds clues to once and future climates

The Riddle of Rip Currents

Scientists investigate how and where these dire beach hazards occur

Short-circuiting the Biological Pump

Tiny chemical compounds help choreograph a planet-size dance

Coral Crusader

Student seeks clues to conserve beleaguered reefs

Scientists Find Trigger That Cracks Lakes

Fast-draining lakes atop Greenland ice sheet could accelerate sea level rise

A Green Thumb for Ocean Microbes

Growing marine bacteria in the laboratory is a challenge

Hidden Battles on the Reefs

How will corals fare in a changing ocean?

Trouble in the Tropics

Scientist explores mysterious food-borne illness: ciguatera

From Lab to Sea

New course gives students hands-on training in the field

Big Questions About Tiny Bacteria

Novel experiments probe how life thrives at the seafloor

Coral-Current Connections

Remote island lies in a strategic spot for research

Is Ocean Acidification Affecting Squid?

A key animal in the marine food web may be vulnerable

A Mooring in Iceberg Alley

Fjords may link warming oceans and melting glaciers

Uncovering the Ocean's Biological Pump

Scientists reveal the hidden movements of particles and chemicals in the sea

Of The River and Time

Flowing waters run deep with clues to Earth's mountains and climate

Detours on the Oceanic Highway

Student examines leaks from a great deep-sea current

Sassy Scallops

How will shellfish fare as ocean conditions shift?

The Synergy Project, Part II

More videos on collaborations among artists and scientists

The Synergy Project

A co-laboratory experiment among scientists and artists

Bacteria Hitchhike on Tiny Marine Life

Why do pathogens settle on animals called copepods?

Groundwater: The River No One Sees

Corals help measure hidden flow

Brown Tides and Redfielders

Scientists probe the inner workings of harmful algae

The Great South Channel

Where marine life meets to feast every spring

Tracking Toxic Chemicals in Oil Spills

Does out of sight mean into the air or into fish?

On the Trail of Mercury in the Ocean

Between smokestack and fish, mercury becomes more toxic

Powerful Currents in Deep-Sea Gorges

What energy drives these currents in hundreds of seafloor Grand Canyons?

Clues in Shark Vertebrae Reveal Where They've Been

Scientists take advantage of a silver lining in mushroom clouds

Whale Heads and Tales

A student probes the mysteries of whales' hearing

Searching for Life on the Seafloor

Mid-Cayman Spreading Center could harbor unknown organisms

The Scientist Who Stays Out in the Cold

MIT/WHOI graduate student studies ice in a warming world

The Latest Fashion in Bowhead Whale Songs

Why do cetacean crooners change their tunes?

Tracking an Elusive Chemical: Estrogens

What impacts might these hormones have in the coastal ocean?

The Ocean's Tiny Chemists

A new tool helps sort out a hubbub of microbial activity in the sea

Between the Beach and the Deep Blue Sea

Student explores the dynamic gateway of the shallow inner shelf

A Drop in the Ocean is Teeming with Life

Scientists reveal hidden relationships among marine microbes

Psychotherapy for Plankton

Life can be stressful out there in the microscopic marine world

From Pac-Man to the Seafloor

Graduate student seeks ways to build a better robot

Where the Food Is in the Sea, and Why

Student unravels the physics at the fertile continental shelf break

A Torrent of Crabs Running to the Sea

A student uncovers the natural history of a little-known species

Holography and Oceanography

An audio slideshow on a new way to use lasers to reveal tiny sea life

Mysteries at High Latitudes

A WHOI graduate student explores tip jets and deep convection

The Squid, the Whale, and the Grad Student

A young scientist deciphers meaning embedded in sonar signals

Dye Sheds Light on Jet-Propelled Salps

A graduate student reveals locomotion in the ocean

Turning Carbon Dioxide Gas into Rock

Audio Slideshow: An MIT/WHOI student examines a fascinating natural process in Oman

Hurricane Hunter

Graduate student uncovers long-buried record of past storms

What Makes the Great Ocean Currents Flow?

Audio slideshow: A graduate student explores the Gulf Stream and the Kuroshio

The Turtle and the Robot

An old sea turtle teaches a young engineer about swimming

Tracking Nitrogen's Elusive Trail in the Ocean

The 'isotope effect' offers a new way to follow where nitrogen goes

A Most Ingenious Paradoxical Plankton

How do similar organisms co-exist in the same ecological niche?

Shellfish's Mysterious Pathways to Adulthood

A grad student peers into the lives of larvae, before they grow up to be scallops

A Tag Fit for a Porpoise

Grad students surmount big hurdles to build a device for a small marine mammal

How Does Nature Deal with Persistent Pollutants?

Graduate student explores biomagnification of chemicals up the food chain

One Man's Swamp Is a Fish's Nursery

Grad student examines otoliths (fish ear bones) to protect critical areas for juvenile coral reef fish

Corralling the Wild and Wooly Southern Ocean

Graduate student creates supercomputer model to tame a vast, remote ocean

Testing the Waters and Closing Beaches

Researchers seek faster, better ways to detect harmful bacteria

Biochemical Warfare on the Reef

In a co-evolutionary struggle, invertebrate adversaries develop weapon and counter-weapon

For Graduate Student, Research Is a Gas

Well, two gases actually, and both have key impacts on climate

Antarctic Andrea

Opportunity knocks for a MIT/WHOI graduate student to join a polar expedition

Protecting Public Health by Preventing Pollution

A graduate student seeks ways to curtail contaminants in the environment

Plumbing the Plume That Created Samoa

A graduate student explores the magmatic origins of islands

Eavesdropping on Whales' Mealtime Conversation

A graduate student journeys to Norway to investigate how orcas orchestrate their hunt

What Does It Take To Break a Whale?

Stress tests on whale bones aim to help endangered species

Current Events off Antarctica

Graduate student helps discover a previously unknown ocean current

Young Pup Teaches an Old Robot New Tricks

MIT/WHOI graduate student improves the Autonomous Benthic Explorer's ability to hunt for seafloor vents

A Rare Glimpse Into the Ocean's Crust

Exploring rocks' magnetic signals, a WHOI graduate student reconstructs how the seafloor forms

A Laser Light in the Ocean Depths

Graduate student works to adapt laser technology to detect chemicals on the seafloor

Graduate Student Discovers an Unusual New Species

Unlike other magnetotactic bacteria, the "barbell" bacterium heads in its own direction

Scientific (and Surfing) Safari

On and off the job, a MIT/WHOI graduate student displays his passion for the ocean

Double Duty for Ensign/Student Allison Berg

First recipient of Pittenger Fellowship pursues a degree in oceanography while serving her country

Meet the Class of 2005-2007

Who are the Navy officers who study at MIT/WHOI?