R/V Neil Armstrong: WHOI's Next Ship in a Long Line

The R/V Neil Armstrong is scheduled to arrive at WHOI in 2016.  It will continue WHOI's proud tradition of seagoing oceanography that is the driving force behind the Institution's leadership in ocean science and engineering.

Expeditions 2016

Join fellow Associates and WHOI scientists on expeditions exploring Southeast Asia and Antarctica in 2016.

Decline of the Emperor Penguin

With funding from the WHOI Ocean Life Institute, the WHOI Access to the Sea program, the National Science Foundation and others, WHOI biologist Stephanie Jenouvrier authored a study that links disappearing sea ice to the declining emperor penguin population in Antarctica.  

An Investment in People and Ideas

Grants totaling $5.2 million from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation will help WHOI scientists shed new light on the world of microbes.

Every gift advances scientific discovery

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is a world leader in ocean science because its people share a common set of goals: to interpret the past and understand the present; to invent the technology that enables exploration of the unknown; to inform ocean policy and encourage conservation; to take science to application; and to educate for the future.

Private philanthropy to WHOI has paved the way for discovery since our founding in 1930. Gifts to the Oceanographic make it possible for our scientists, engineers and students to:

  • Undertake innovative studies of ocean pollution and its impacts on marine life and society
  • Explore the mid-ocean ridge system and discover new hydrothermal vents
  • Identify hundreds of new marine species
  • Develop new commercial, pharmaceutical and energy resources from the sea
  • Study and conserve fisheries, ocean ecosystems and endangered species
  • Understand the role of the ocean in climate change
  • Conceive of, create and implement new technologies that can facilitate ocean exploration
  • Collect and analyze crucial baseline data related to natural disasters

That entrepreneurial spirit lives on today, thanks to the investment our donors continue to make in WHOI. Private support for WHOI provides the seed money for high-risk, high-reward projects. Every gift advances scientific discovery by allowing our talented researchers to find creative solutions to the world's most difficult problems. Every gift also has the potential to leverage exponentially greater federal support. Please make a gift today.

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