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WHOI Postdoctoral Scholar Kakani Katija studies the power sources that propel water movement in oceans. Katija’s evidence in biogenic ocean mixing shows that the movements of sea creatures could have as powerful an effect on ocean currents as that of the winds and tides. The creatures in our seas could be as important to ocean circulation and global climate as the winds and tides, said Katija, who has identified a mechanism that would allow swimming animals to mix water when they swim.