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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) is the world's premier independent organization dedicated exclusively to ocean research, technology, and education. We combine state-of-the-art science, engineering, and ship operations to unravel the mysteries of the deep and devise science-based solutions to planet-wide problems.


🛰️ Now that @nasa astronaut Loral O’Hara has made it to @iss, her former colleagues are reflecting on her eight years as a #WHOI mechanical engineer, working on ocean robots and submersibles.⁠
📲 Find out what makes O'Hara "a shining star" from @7news – story link in bio!⁠
📸 by Tom Kleindinst © Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
#Throwback to WHOI’s original #research vessel #Atlantis, seen here transiting the #PanamaCanal in 1956. As the first American ship built specifically for interdisciplinary research in marine biology, marine geology, and physical oceanography, the "A- boat" made 299 cruises and covered 700,000 miles from 1931 to 1966.
👏🏽 Shout-out to Heather Benway, the recipient of the 2023 Ocean Science Award from @americangeophysicalunion!⁠
A #WHOI senior research specialist, Benway focuses on nutrient cycling and #paleoceanography, which involves a complex interplay between marine ecosystems and #biogeochemistry. In addition to her own research, she serves as the executive officer of the Ocean Carbon & Biochemistry Project, an interdisciplinary network of scientists researching the response of marine ecosystems and biogeochemical cycles to environmental change.⁠
According to AGU, Benway’s “scientific efforts have transformed our understanding of the world, impacted our everyday lives, improved our communities and contributed to solutions for a sustainable future.”⁠
🎉 Honorees will be recognized at the AGU Annual Meeting, which attracts over 25,000 researchers from around the world in mid-December. Congratulations, Heather!


WHOI is at the forefront of groundbreaking science and technology development, unlocking the mysteries of our ocean, its connections to life on Earth, and solutions it may hold to some of our most pressing environmental challenges.

Our scientists and engineers lead more than 800 concurrent projects, tackling some of the most challenging and important problems of our time, from climate change and ocean pollution to sustainable food and energy production.

We operate a fleet of research vessels and vehicles, including two large ships (R/V Neil Armstrong and R/V Atlantis), a smaller coastal research vessel, the iconic human-occupied submersible Alvin, and dozens of other underwater robots.

Through our higher education programs, including the prestigious MIT-WHOI Joint Program, we train new generations of ocean scientists, engineers, and leaders-providing access to cutting edge facilities and unparalleled access to the sea.

WHOI plays a leading role in ocean communications, sharing our insights and knowledge about the ocean to the general public, policymakers, educators, and more, so we can make wise decisions about our ocean, our planet, and our future.


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