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Carl Wirsen

Carl Wirsen

Oceanographer Emeritus


Office Phone: +1 508 289 2307

Fax: +1 508 457 2134

WHOI Mailing Address:

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

266 Woods Hole Rd.

MS# 52

Woods Hole, MA 02543-1050


B.S. University of Massachusetts, 1964, Zoology
M.A. Boston University, 1966, Microbiology

Research Interests

Microbial degradation of organic matter in the deep sea; activity of marine bacteria at elevated hydrostatic pressure and reduced temperatures; equipment development for conducting in situ deep sea microbiological experiments; physiology and morphology of sulfur bacteria from oceanic thermal vents; physiology of thermophilic microorganisms from hydrothermal vents; physiology and ecology of marine bacteria; continuous culture techniques.