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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.


A marine #isopod dines on a mantis shrimp in a collecting tank. A relative of land-based pill bugs or roly-polys, there are thousands of these types of #crustacean in the #ocean. Some are scavengers, some are parasites, and some are filter-feeders, but they all play an important role in the carbon cycle that keeps our climate habitable.

This isopod was collected during a research cruise to the Northeast US Shelf Long-term Ecological Research Station as part of an effort to study #zooplankton along the highly productive continental shelf.

📸 by Daniel Cojanu © #WHOI

#WeirdOcean #KeepItWeird #NSFfunded

@lter_community @nsfgov
🌊🏘️ The impact of rising sea levels on our coastal communities is becoming more evident, but are we ready to adapt? #WHOI scientist Andrew Ashton says some areas are far behind when it comes to building a resilient future. ⁠
He spoke with the @Newbedfordlight about what communities can be doing to prepare. Read more at the link in bio!⁠
📸 by Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management


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.


The ocean covers more than 2/3 of Earth's surface and is a fundamental reason why life exists on Earth-but yet many know so little about it. Dive in to learn more about our ocean planet.


For nearly a century, WHOI has been one of the best known and most trusted names in ocean science and exploration. Become a part of the research that shapes our understanding of the ocean, our planet, and life on Earth.