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Secrets in the Dust

Researchers investigate dust from the ocean’s farthest point from land to reconstruct the climactic history of the Southern Hemisphere, and understand how micronutrients have influenced biological productivity in this oceanic desert.

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A New Ship’s Mission: Let the Deep Sea Be Seen

What did we learn from the Deepwater Horizon disaster?

‘SharkCam’ films basking sharks off Scotland

Puffins in Iceland are one of the many interests of WHOI acoustic biologist Aran Mooney. During a recent trip to Husavik on the north shore of the island, members of his lab dropped microphones down the side of a cliff and into the burrows of nesting puffins to help researchers learn more about the soundscapes that the birds experience. (Photo by Aran Mooney, © Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
Antarctica seen from the R/V Laurence M. Gould. Photo by Dan Lowenstein, © Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
(Illustration by Natalie Renier, © Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
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Conserving our Coasts
You never want to see a sign like this on the beach. The waters off beaches are regularly tested to ensure that they don’t contain unhealthful bacteria levels. But a lag time between when the water is sampled and when the results come in can cause beach closures after bacteria have dispersed, or openings when bacteria are present but not yet counted. New methods of detection based on identifying bacterial DNA can significantly shorten the time between sampling and results and let managers make more timely decisions about beach closures. (Photo by Elizabeth Halliday, © Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
WHOI marine chemist Ken Buesseler (right), one of the authors of the study, deploys a sediment trap used to study the biological carbon pump during a 2018 expedition in the Gulf of Alaska. (Photo by Alyson Santoro, University of California Santa Barbara)
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Advanced tools at WHOI's DunkWorks rapid prototyping facility are among those available to startups, entrepreneurs, and others who receive funding through the new D'Works innovation fund. (Photo by Tom Kleindinst, ©Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
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