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Applied Ocean Physics & Engineering Dept.

July 18, 2014

A Drop in the Ocean

Scientist pioneered tracer to reveal hidden ocean flows

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
July 2, 2014

Alvin's Animals

Hundreds of previously unknown species have been discovered by the sub

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
July 2, 2014

Alvin's Fun Facts

Amazing, bizarre, and just plain interesting

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
June 18, 2014

Rebuilding Alvin: Chris German

A series on the people who reassembled the iconic sub

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
June 11, 2014

At 50, Alvin Gets an Extreme Makeover

Same name, but dramatically upgraded submersible

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
June 9, 2014

Bringing Alvin Back on Board

Specially trained swimmers are key links between sub and ship

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
Alvin 50th logo
June 5, 2014

Iconic Research Submersible Alvin Turns 50

SOURCE: News Release
May 30, 2014

Rebuilding Alvin: Don Peters

A series on the people who reassembled the iconic sub

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
May 23, 2014

Rebuilding Alvin: Durante & Skowronski

A series on the people who reassembled the iconic sub

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
May 23, 2014

Rebuilding Alvin: Logan Driscoll

A series on the people who reassembled the iconic sub

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
May 16, 2014

Rebuilding Alvin: Bruce Strickrott

A series on the people who reassembled the iconic sub

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
May 10, 2014

Robotic Deep-sea Vehicle Lost on Dive to 6-Mile Depth

Scientists think Nereus imploded exploring the Kermadec Trench

SOURCE: News Release
May 9, 2014

Rebuilding Alvin: Rod Catanach

A series on the people who reassembled the iconic sub

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
May 9, 2014

Rebuilding Alvin: Anthony Tarantino

A series on the people who reassembled the iconic sub

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
May 1, 2014

Ready, Set, Dive

Video shows the daily dance to deploy Alvin into the ocean

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
April 9, 2014

Rebuilding Alvin: Jonathan Howland

A series on the people who reassembled the iconic sub

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
April 2, 2014

Rebuilding Alvin: Phil Forte

A series on the people who reassembled the iconic sub

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
February 27, 2014

Li'l Alvin

Diving enthusiast builds miniature version of famous sub

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
Alvin
January 24, 2014

Deep-Diving Sub Alvin Cleared to Return to Service

Navy certification is final step in Alvin upgrade project

SOURCE: News Release
December 23, 2013

WHOI Scientists Garner Awards in 2013

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
September 25, 2013

Rebuilding Alvin: Elder and Fournier

A series on the people who reassembled the iconic sub

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
 A War of Knowledge to Save Sharks
August 8, 2013

A War of Knowledge to Save Sharks

A graduate student battles to stop shark slaughters in Turkey

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
Swimming with Sharks
August 5, 2013

Swimming with Sharks

An underwater robot learns how to track great whites

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
July 12, 2013

Rebuilding Alvin: Al Suchy

A series on the people who upgraded the iconic sub

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
July 9, 2013

Rebuilding Alvin: Dutch Wegman

A series on the people who upgraded the iconic sub

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
July 1, 2013

Rebuilding Alvin: Patrick Hennessy

A series on the people who reassembled the iconic sub

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
June 25, 2013

Rebuilding Alvin: Paul Keith

A series on the people who reassembled the iconic sub

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
June 5, 2013

Rebuilding Alvin: Hugh Popenoe and Rob Lewis

A series on the people who reassembled the iconic sub

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
May 31, 2013

Rebuilding Alvin: Phil Santos

A series on the people who reassembled the iconic sub

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
May 29, 2013

Jeff McDonald

A series on the people who reassembled the iconic sub

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
April 9, 2013

Timothy Kling

A series on the people reassembling the iconic sub

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
April 4, 2013

Brian Pepin

A series on the people reassembling the iconic sub

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
March 19, 2013

Ben Pietro

A series on the people reassembling the iconic sub

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
March 12, 2013

Robert Waters

A series on the people reassembling the iconic sub

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
March 8, 2013

Geoffrey Ekblaw

A series on the people reassembling the iconic sub

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
February 22, 2013

The Synergy Project, Part II

More videos on collaborations among artists and scientists

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
February 15, 2013

The Synergy Project

A co-laboratory experiment among scientists and artists

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
Putting Alvin Back Together Again
January 11, 2013

Jefferson Grau

A series on the people reassembling the iconic sub

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
September 14, 2012

Deep-sea Vents Yield New Species

Scientists explore the Mid-Cayman Rise in the Caribbean

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
August 2, 2012

Shifting Tactics in Shifting Shoals

Enterprising scientist jury-rigs kayak into research vehicle

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
June 19, 2012

The Boy in the Alvin Sphere

Testing the sub's personnel sphere—then and now

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
May 9, 2012

In Search of the Pink and White Terraces

WHOI vehicles help find landmarks lost in 1886 eruption

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
September 5, 2011

Up From the Seafloor Came a Bubbling Brew

Scientists use a novel method to measure rate of Deepwater Horizon oil spewing into the Gulf

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
September 1, 2011

Shifting Sands and Bacteria on the Beach

Does ever-moving sand transport microbes along with it?

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
July 21, 2011

Four Men. Twelve Hours. One Crucial Sample.

In a tense overnight mission, scientists grab oil from the deep

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
July 18, 2011

A Plume of Chemicals from Deepwater Horizon

Some hydrocarbons from the oil spill lingered in the depths

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
June 24, 2011

From Pac-Man to the Seafloor

Graduate student seeks ways to build a better robot

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
March 30, 2011

Engineer Par Excellence: Donald Koelsch

A pioneer who helped revolutionize seagoing seismic instruments

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
February 8, 2011

The Music of Sound

Audio slideshow: WHOI researcher mixes work and pleasure

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
October 29, 2010

The Icebot

A video documents expedition to use robots under Arctic ice

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
October 8, 2010

Will More Acidic Oceans Be Noisier?

Acousticians quiet warnings that sounds will travel farther

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
September 2, 2010

A Titanic Tale

A former Alvin pilot recalls his 1986 dives on the shipwreck

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
Rod Catanach and Sentry
May 5, 2010

A Robot Is Resurrected at Sea

Engineers rebuild damaged deep-sea vehicle and complete mission

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
March 19, 2010

R.I.P.  A.B.E

The pioneering Autonomous Benthic Explorer is lost at sea

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
February 22, 2010

A Robot Starts to Make Decisions on its Own

Scientists give more autonomy to autonomous underwater vehicles

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
February 19, 2010

The Squid, the Whale, and the Grad Student

A young scientist deciphers meaning embedded in sonar signals

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
December 31, 2009

The Mysterious Movements of Deep-Sea Larvae

How do the tiny progeny of seafloor animals disperse through the ocean?

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
December 18, 2009

Shipwrecks Offer Clues to Ancient Cultures

Modern deep-sea vehicles expand vistas to see into the past

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
July 22, 2009

Buoys Help Avert Whale-Ship Collisions

Specially engineered mooring system detects whales and warns ships

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
July 15, 2009

Turning a Toy into a Scientific Tool

Engineer exploits model airplane hobby to invent flying research camera

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
July 1, 2009

Floating Without Imploding

A conversation with WHOI engineer Don Peters

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
June 15, 2009

Let There Be Light in the Dark Depths

A conversation with WHOI engineer Jonathan Howland

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
June 11, 2009

Armed and Dexterous

A conversation with WHOI engineer Matt Heintz

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
June 5, 2009

2,000 Batteries Under the Sea

A conversation with WHOI engineer Daniel Gomez-Ibanez

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
June 4, 2009

Nereus Soars to the Ocean's Deepest Trench

New hybrid deep-sea vehicle descends 6.8 miles in the Challenger Deep

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
June 4, 2009

Miles Under the Sea, Hanging on by Hair-Thin Fiber

A conversation with WHOI engineer Andy Bowen

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
April 3, 2009

Jason Meets the Carnivorous Sea Squirt

Expedition to the Tasman Fracture finds unknown species

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
December 30, 2008

A Deep-sea Chemical-Sniffing Bloodhound

WHOI engineer develops a small, tough mass spectrometer to work in the ocean

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
December 19, 2008

The Turtle and the Robot

An old sea turtle teaches a young engineer about swimming

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
November 13, 2008

A Tag Fit for a Porpoise

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

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
November 10, 2008

Building the Next-Generation Alvin Submersible

Plan offers a roadmap to extend sub's diving capacity to reach 98 percent of the seafloor

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
September 23, 2008

Historical Formulas Sealed Behind a Wall

... and other news around the WHOI campus

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
August 14, 2008

Deeply Submerged Volcanoes Blow Their Tops

Telltale rocks reveal evidence of a phenomenon scientists thought was impossible

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
August 8, 2008

Researchers Successfully Forecast 2008 Red Tide

New tool provides early warning of harmful algal bloom along New England coast

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
August 8, 2008

New Robot Sub Surveys the Deep off the Pacific Northwest

Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Maps Sites for Future Ocean Observatory

SOURCE: News Release
May 19, 2008

Pilot Whales the 'Cheetahs of the Deep Sea'

Researchers reveal first glimpse of whales' high-speed, deep-diving hunts for squid

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
May 9, 2008

Can't Bring Deep-sea Samples Up? Send a Lab Down.

Engineers develop instruments to analyze materials that only exist in the depths

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
 In Computer Models and Seafloor Observations, Researchers See Potential for Significant 2008
April 24, 2008

Researchers See Potential for Significant 2008 "Red Tide" Season

Conditions are ripe for another large bloom in New England waters; weather and ocean conditions will determine outcome

SOURCE: News Release
April 15, 2008

DNA in Shipwrecked Jars Reveals Clues to Ancient World

New tool offers a way to find out what past civilizations were shipping and trading

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
singh jaguar
April 15, 2008

Arctic Voyage Tests New Robots for Ice-covered Oceans

Putting untethered vehicles under the ice cap is one thing. Getting them back is another.

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
April 10, 2008

Happy as a (Newly Discovered) Clam

Want to find something on the seafloor? Engineer Tom Crook's your man.

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
Dennis McGillicuddy Receives 27th Annual Rosenstiel Award
February 1, 2008

Dennis McGillicuddy Receives 27th Annual Rosenstiel Award

Oceanographer Shines Light on Plankton Dynamics

SOURCE: News Release
December 13, 2007

Robot Paints Stunning Map of Deep-sea Volcano

Sonar images reveal submerged Pacific Ocean volcano in glorious detail

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
October 11, 2007

Put the D-tag on the Manatee

Digital device is enlisted to help prevent boat collisions with endangered species

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
amphoras
October 1, 2007

CSI Deep Water

SOURCE: News Release
September 30, 2007

Building International Bridges to Explore Ridges

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
August 2, 2007

A 3-D Underwater Soundscape

A large-scale experiment sheds light on sound in the coastal ocean

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
July 3, 2007

The Deepest Divers

D-tags give scientists in-depth records of whales in the depths

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
arctic map
June 21, 2007

Explorers to Use New Robotic Vehicles to Hunt for Life and Hydrothermal Vents on Arctic Seafloor

Researchers will probe the Gakkel Ridge during expedition that begins on July 1

SOURCE: News Release
April 12, 2007

A Ridge Too Slow?

WHOI team collaborates on Chinese discovery expedition in Indian Ocean

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
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February 21, 2007

Young Pup Teaches an Old Robot New Tricks

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

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
Jim Ledwell Awarded Agassiz Medal by National Academy of Sciences
February 7, 2007

Jim Ledwell Awarded Agassiz Medal by National Academy of Sciences

Senior Scientist Specializes in the Use of Chemical Tracers to Observe Currents in the Ocean

SOURCE: News Release
October 16, 2006

Harmful Algal Bloom (Red Tide) Models and Forecasts to be Expanded in Gulf of Maine

New Program Could Reopen Valuable Offshore Shellfish Beds

SOURCE: News Release
October 12, 2006

Students Visit the Deep-sea Robot They Named

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
jason jr. at wreck of Titanic
October 4, 2006

Engineers Honored for Pioneering Undersea Robot

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
September 27, 2006

Listening for Telltale Echoes from Fish

Sound waves resonating off swim bladders offer a new way to count fish

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
photomosaic of seafloor
August 10, 2006

Gone Fish Assessing

Undersea robot swims over rocky road where trawls dare not go

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
Jason photo of volcano eruption
August 4, 2006

Jason Versus the Volcano

Undersea robot provides a rare close-up view of a deep-sea eruption

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
July 25, 2006

Ocean Microscope Reveals Surprising Abundance of Life

Widespread bacterial colonies may play crucial role in ocean ecosystem

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
HROV named Nereus
June 26, 2006

New Hybrid Deep-sea Vehicle Is Christened Nereus

Unique underwater vehicle is named in nationwide student contest

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
June 19, 2006

A Laser Light in the Ocean Depths

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

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
HAB
May 31, 2006

Building a Computer Model to Forecast Red Tides

A variety of variables goes into the mathematical mix that simulates harmful algal blooms

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
ABE
April 19, 2006

ABE—The Autonomous Benthic Explorer

WHOI's deep-diving vehicle makes Wired magazine's robotic hall of fame

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
squid
March 15, 2006

New Sonar Method Offers Window into Squid Nurseries

Technique provides a way to monitor the health of squid fisheries

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
March 8, 2006

Dust Busters for the Oceans

A new instrument seeks answers that are blowing in the wind

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
going wireless lead photo
January 11, 2006

Going Wireless in the Deep Blue

Deploying instruments to monitor the ocean is one thing. Getting daily reports from them is another.

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
Action, Camera ... Lights
November 23, 2005

Action, Camera ... Lights

New deep-sea “light post” illuminates the ocean's perpetual night

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
November 18, 2005

Scientists Find a New Twist in How Squids Swim

In real life, squids behave differently than they do in theory

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
LIDAR
September 1, 2005

An Experiment to Dye For

Researchers trace movement of water using airborne laser

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
allison berg
August 26, 2005

Double Duty for Ensign/Student Allison Berg

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

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
August 26, 2005

Meet the Class of 2005-2007

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

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
August 18, 2005

At the River's End

WHOI scientists explore the complex dynamics in estuaries

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
August 3, 2005

Alvin's Pilots

A tight-knit group with the 'right stuff' to guide a submersible on the seafloor

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
anthony tarantino
August 3, 2005

What Is the Alvin Training Program Like?

A conversation with former Alvin pilot Anthony Tarantino

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
July 15, 2005

Red Tide—Gone for Now, But Back Next Year?

WHOI researchers extend investigations of the Alexandrium bloom of 2005 and look for signs of future trouble

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
Seeing Red in New England Waters
June 1, 2005

Seeing Red in New England Waters

WHOI researchers detect a massive bloom of algae before it hits the coast

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
Risks and remedies from the sea
May 26, 2005

Risks and Remedies from the Sea

Scientists team up to study the ocean's effect on health

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
Robo-Sailors
January 28, 2005

Robo-Sailors

Navy-sponsored research spawns a new generation of underwater vehicles

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
Where Are Mines Hiding  on the Seafloor?
January 25, 2005

Where Are Mines Hiding on the Seafloor?

New research reveals how waves, currents, and swirling sands can bury mines

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
The New Wave of Coastal Ocean Observing
January 6, 2005

The New Wave of Coastal Ocean Observing

Shore stations and seafloor nodes provide connections for long-term studies of coastal processes

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
Shaping the Beach, One Wave at a Time
October 4, 2004

Shaping the Beach, One Wave at a Time

New research is deciphering how currents, waves, and sands change our shorelines

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
Seeding the Seafloor with Observatories
February 22, 2004

Seeding the Seafloor with Observatories

Scientists extend their reach into the deep with pioneering undersea cable networks

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
Timothy Prestero
October 1, 2003

Timothy Prestero

MIT/WHOI Joint Program, Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering

SOURCE: WHOI.edu
Erick Anderson
April 1, 2003

Erik Anderson

MIT/WHOI Joint Program, Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering

SOURCE: WHOI.edu
A New Coastal Observatory Is Born
January 1, 2000

New Coastal Observatory Is Born

Martha's Vineyard offers scientifically exciting site

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
Where the Surf Meets the Turf
January 1, 2000

Where the Surf Meets the Turf

Scientists explore coastal processes that affect beaches

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
Seafloor to Surface to Satellite to Shore
January 1, 2000

Seafloor to Surface to Satellite to Shore

Moored buoys offer potential for continuous, real-time observations anywhere in the ocean

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
NEPTUNE: A Fiber-Optic ?Telescope? to Inner Space
January 1, 2000

NEPTUNE: A Fiber-Optic 'Telescope' to Inner Space

The North East Pacific Time-integrated Undersea Networked Experiments (NEPTUNE) project aims to establish an extensive earth/ocean observatory

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
Putting H2O in the Ocean
January 1, 2000

Putting H2O in the Ocean

The Hawaii-2 Observatory is the first long-term, mid-ocean seafloor observatory

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
ALISS in Wonderland
December 1, 1998

ALISS in Wonderland

Imaging ambient light at deep-sea hydrothermal vents

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine
April 1, 1997

"What a Year!"

WHOI's Deep Submergence Lab Brings Together Four Technologies to Serve Three Diverse Expeditions

SOURCE: Oceanus magazine