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What happens to marine life when oxygen is scarce?

A new study co-led by WHOI postdoctoral scholar Maggie Johnson looks closely at the changes occurring in both coral reef and microbial communities near Bocas del Toro during sudden hypoxic events, which occur when there is little to no oxygen in a given area of water.

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Brittle sea stars, which usually are in hiding, perch on top of coral to attempt to escape from hypoxic ocean waters, which have little to no oxygen in that area. Sadly, those that cannot escape essentially suffocate.
Image Credit: Maggie Johnson © Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Co-author Sujata Murty retrieving a coral core piece during the underwater drilling process.
Photo credit: Justin Ossolinski.
WHOI President & Director Peter de Menocal meets with U.S. Naval Academy midshipmen on WHOI's Dyer's Dock. 
Image Credit: Jayne Doucette © Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
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A view of the Apollo Vent Field at the northern Gorda Ridge, where samples were collected by the ROV Hercules for studying microbial predators.

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Crew aboard the D/V Chikyu prepare for seafloor drilling
(Illustrations by Natalie Renier, © Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
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U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star enters the winter pack ice
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Anna Michel aboard the R/V Falkor for the Hunting Bubbles Cruise to the Cascadia Margin in 2018. The ROV Sebastian was used to investigate the transfer of methane from the seafloor using a suite of novel deep sea instrumentation.
Image credit: Kevin McHugh, Schmidt Ocean Institute
In his shed at home, Engineer John Reine, pulls out his PVC glider next to the new open-source hydraulic engine (Daniel Hentz, © Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
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