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Tube worm sample

Classroom at Sea

This spring, first-year MIT/WHOI Joint Program students enrolled in an introductory course in biological oceanography had the opportunity to participate in a field exercise on R/V Tioga. During the cruise, students gained first-hand experience in sampling and identifying organisms that live in the ocean or beneath the seafloor. Here, first-year students (left to right) Esther Shyu, Emily Brownlee, Kathleen Pitz examine the remains of a tube from a tube-building worm brought up by a grab sampler moments before. The worms' burrows help bring aerated water into bottom sediments and provide microhabitats for other small invertebrates and microbes. (Photo by Maya Yamato, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)


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