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Mark Abbott
June 30, 2015

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Names Mark Abbott President and Director

Mark Abbott has been named WHOI's tenth president and director. Abbott will assume the office October 1, 2015, succeeding Susan Avery, who served from 2008 to 2015.

June 25, 2015

Camera's Eye Sees Large Numbers of Young Scallops Off Delaware Bay

NOAA researchers and colleagues from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) have reported what appears to be a banner year for young sea scallops off the Delmarva Peninsula in mid-Atlantic waters of the U.S.

June 24, 2015

Anna Michel Receives Gulf Research Program Early-Career Research Fellowship

Anna Michel, an assistant scientist in the Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering Department at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), was chosen by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) to receive a 2015 Gulf Research Program Early-Career Research Fellowship.

map of area off New Jersey
June 11, 2015

Accelerated Warming of the Continental Shelf Off Northeast Coast

Water temperatures along the continental shelf off New Jersey have experienced unprecedented warming over the last 13 years.

IGT
June 8, 2015

Making Organic Molecules in Hydrothermal Vents in the Absence of Life

A new study is the first to show that methane formation does not occur during the relatively quick fluid circulation process.

June 5, 2015

Diverse Corals Persist, But Bioerosion Escalates in Palau's Low-pH Waters

As the ocean absorbs atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) released by the burning of fossil fuels, its chemistry is changing, lowering its pH in a process known as ocean acidification. This process also removes carbonate ions, an essential ingredient needed by corals and other organisms to build their skeletons and shells.

 

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June 4, 2015

Dr. John Holdren to Give 2015 Joint Program Commencement Address

Dr. John Holdren, President Obama’s science advisor, will present the commencement address at this year’s graduation ceremonies of the MIT/WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography/Applied Ocean Science and Engineering.

streams from helicopter
June 3, 2015

Sudden Draining of Glacial Lakes Explained

Scientists have found a surprising mechanism that triggers the abrupt draining of glacial lakes atop the Greenland Ice Sheet.

May 26, 2015

Deep Sea Explorations Come to Life in Extraordinary New Book

WHOI scientists Daniel Fornari and Timothy Shank and their colleagues Jeff Karson (Syracuse Univ.), Deborah Kelley (U. Washington) and Michael Perfit (U. Florida) bring their deep-sea explorations to the public with an extraordinary new book, “Discovering the Deep: A Photographic Atlas of the Sea-Floor and Ocean Crust. 

May 18, 2015

WHOI Scientist Hyodae Seo Receives 2015 Young Investigator Award

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) has selected Hyodae Seo, an associate scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), to receive a 2015 Young Investigator Award from the U.S. Navy.

May 14, 2015

Revealing the Ocean's Hidden Fertilizer

Phosphorus is one of the most common substances on Earth. An essential nutrient for every living organism—humans require approximately 700 milligrams per day—we are rarely concerned about consuming enough of it because it is present in most of the foods we eat. Despite its ubiquity and living organisms' utter dependence on it, we know surprisingly little about how it moves, or cycles, through the ocean environment.

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May 13, 2015

Study Reveals How Rivers Regulate Global Carbon Cycle

Scientists from WHOI calculated the first direct estimate of how much and in what form organic carbon is exported to the ocean by rivers.

ESP test on dock
May 11, 2015

Gulf of Maine Red Tide Bloom Expected to Be Similar to Past Three Years

New England’s spring and summer red tides will be similar in extent to those of the past three years, according to the 2015 Gulf of Maine red tide seasonal forecast.

May 6, 2015

Securing the Supply of Sea Scallops for Today and Tomorrow

Good management has brought the $559 million United States sea scallop fishery back from the brink of collapse over the past 20 years. However, its current fishery management plan does not account for longer-term environmental change like ocean warming and acidification that may affect the fishery in the future. A group of researchers from WHOI, NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service, and Ocean Conservancy hope to change that. 

April 27, 2015

Ocean Bacteria Get 'Pumped Up'

Scientists have discovered a surprising new short-circuit to the biological pump. Sinking particles of stressed and dying phytoplankton release chemicals that can have a jolting, steroid-like effect on marine bacteria feeding on the particles.

April 13, 2015

Coexisting in a Sea of Competition

Diversity of life abounds on Earth, and there's no need to look any farther than the ocean's surface for proof. There are over 200,000 species of phytoplankton alone, and all of those species of microscopic marine plants that form the base of the marine food web need the same basic resources to grow—light and nutrients.

map of west coast
April 6, 2015

Trace Amounts of Fukushima Radioactivity Detected Along Shoreline of British Columbia

Scientists at WHOI have for the first time detected the presence of small amounts of radioactivity from the 2011 Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant accident in a seawater sample from the shoreline of North America.

April 1, 2015

WHOI Receives $150,000 Grant from Tower Foundation

The Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation has awarded the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) a $150,000 grant that will help fund a three-year collaborative project with Cape Abilities—a nonprofit organization dedicated to finding good jobs for Cape Cod residents with disabilities.

March 26, 2015

Swirling Currents Deliver Phytoplankton Carbon to Ocean Depths

Just as crocus and daffodil blossoms signal renewal and the start of a warmer season on land, a similar "greening" event—a massive phytoplankton bloom—unfolds each spring in the Atlantic Ocean from Bermuda to the Arctic.  But, what happens to all that organic material produced in the surface ocean?

cyndy chandler
March 25, 2015

Chandler Elected Co-Chair of International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange

Cyndy Chandler, an Information Systems Specialist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), has been elected to serve a two-year term as co-chair of the International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE). Established in 1961, the IODE is part of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO.

alvin underwater
March 10, 2015

Research Submersible Alvin Completes Depth Certification to 4500 Meters

The submersible Alvin has achieved certification from the U. S. Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) for operations to its rated depth of 4,500 meters (approx. 2.8 miles).

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March 2, 2015

New Museum Program Focuses on Impacts of Fukushima on the Ocean

On the fourth anniversary of the disaster, WHOI and the Aquarium of the Pacific debut a new program about ocean radioactivity motivated by the Fukushima nuclear accident.

February 24, 2015

Neel Aluru Receives Outstanding New Environmental Scientist Award

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Assistant Scientist Neel Aluru has received an Outstanding New Environmental Scientist award from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. 

hurricane destroyed house
February 11, 2015

Monster hurricanes reached U.S. during prehistoric periods of ocean warming

A new study of prehistoric hurricanes shows the intensity and frequency of hurricanes the U.S. could experience could intensify as ocean temperatures increase with climate change.

February 5, 2015

WHOI Scientists Featured in 'Women in Oceanography: A Decade Later'

Thirteen scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) are featured in the new publication "Women in Oceanography: A Decade Later," which reviews the progress made over the last 10 years in addressing barriers to career advancement for female oceanographers.

February 2, 2015

Study Supplies Insight into Behavior of African Monsoon

In a study published this week in Nature Geoscience, a team of researchers provides new insight into the behavior of the African monsoon at the end of the African Humid Period and the factors that caused it to collapse.

February 2, 2015

Study Finds Deep Ocean is Source of Dissolved Iron in Central Pacific

A new study led by scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) points to the deep ocean as a major source of dissolved iron in the central Pacific Ocean.

January 26, 2015

Researchers Produce Two Biofuels from a Single Algae

A common algae commercially grown to make fish food holds promise as a source for both biodiesel and jet fuel, according to a new study published in the journal Energy & Fuels.

January 7, 2015

Coral Reefs Threatened by a Deadly Combination of Changing Ocean Conditions

A new study shows exposing corals to added nutrients increases their erosion and dissolution rate tenfold.