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Benthic Life

Light micrograph of the benthic foraminifer Nonionella stella, which thrives in anoxic sulfidic sediments far below the euphotic zone. Individuals are ~225 microns in diameter. Image credit: J.M. Bernhard.

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News & Insights

Imagining Home: scientist’s stay in the Arctic extended by coronavirus

WHOI biologist Carin Ashjian is aboard the icebreaker Polarstern in the Arctic as part of the year-long MOSAiC research expedition. She should be almost home by now. Instead, her stay has been extended by COVID19.

Finding medical answers in the ocean

The test being used to diagnose the novel coronavirus—and other pandemics like AIDS and SARS—was developed with the help of an enzyme isolated from a microbe found in marine hydrothermal vents as well as freshwater hot springs.

Falling in love with foraminifera

A marine geobiologist falls for the ‘brains’ and beauty of an ancient single-celled creature that can change its shell into a variety of geometric shapes.

How do you study marine metamorphosis?

Kirstin Meyer-Kaiser is a marine benthic ecologist, whose primary research focus is on how invertebrates establish themselves along the seafloor.

Seal Spy

Drones helps WHOI scientist measure the body mass of mother and pup seals during lactation

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News Releases

Epic Arctic Mission Ends


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WHOI in the News


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From Oceanus Magazine

On the crumbling edge

The race to ensure protection for the emperor penguin across the world

Waves of inspiration

Rachael Talibart explores the infinite creativity of wave photography

Sniffing out methane in the deep sea

Scientists cruise the Gulf of California’s Guaymas Basin to test out new tech for detecting and measuring methane in the deep

Burrows on the beach

Rebuilding after a hurricane isn’t easy—especially for those pale, stalk-eyed creatures known as ghost crabs

Life at Rock Bottom

This digital photo essay brings you the forms, figures, and facts of life more than a mile and half deep