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Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo Visits Woods Hole

(From left to right): WHOI Deputy Director and Vice President for Science and Engineering Rick Murray, Mass. Congressman William Keating, Mass. Senator Edward Markey, WHOI’s Carl Hartsfield, U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo and WHOI President and Director Peter de Menocal. (Photo by Jayne Doucette, © Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution) A delegation of U.S., state, and…

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Falmouth Planning Board votes to rename street in WHOI Village Campus

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Oceanographer cartologist Marie Tharp to be recognized during Women’s History Month Woods Hole, MA. (March 11, 2021) – The Falmouth Planning Board has approved the name change of a street that winds through the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s (WHOI) Village Campus. Marie Tharp Lane will be the new name of the street previously known as…

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WHOI Wishes NOAA a Happy 50th Anniversary

Work by NOAA, WHOI and many other partners have helped monitor and protect countless marine species, including humpback whales (shown here lunge-feeding) and critically endangered right whales in waters near some of the nation’s busiest harbors to support ecosystem health, tourism, and industry. Photo by John Durban (NOAA), Holly Fearnbach (SR3) and Lance Barrett-Lennard (Coastal…

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WHOI Scientists Make Woods Hole Film Festival Appearance

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) scientists appear in two shorts and a feature film at this year’s Woods Hole Film Festival (WHFF). In addition, scientists will also participate in Q&A sessions connected to three of the festival’s feature-length, ocean-themed entries. The short films, “Divergent Warmth” and “Beyond the Gulf Stream” are part of a program…

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Working from Home: Scott Lindell

Though pandemic slows countless research projects, kelp breeding program can’t stop. A WHOI community rallies to help Scott Lindell and his lab sort over 2,200 blades.

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Statement on racism from WHOI leadership

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June 1, 2020 WHOI leadership would like to take a moment to acknowledge the recent clear-cut examples of racial injustice demonstrated in our country and their impact on those within our scientific and local community and beyond. The news and footage of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis has shocked the world, as have other recent…

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Working from Home: Matt Long

A marine chemist spends his time at home tinkering on a high-tech buoy in the basement, proving that being homebound doesn’t mean you can’t think big.

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Working from home: Chris German

As I reached the end of April, I realized that too much of my time was getting consumed by zoom calls and email in a bid to over-compensate for not being able to interact with people on-site at WHOI. So starting this week, I have annexed our guest bedroom to set up a quiet reading…

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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.

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COVID-19 Guidelines

As news and information about the novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) continues to develop, you may have questions on best practices, travel, and other concerns. To address many questions on travel, self-quarantine, and related issues, we developed FAQs for WHOI employees and students.

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WHOI Board Launches Presidential Search

The Board of Trustees at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) announced the formation of the Presidential Search Committee (PSC), whose members are tasked with recommending the Institution’s next president and director. Dr. Mark Abbott, current WHOI president and director, announced plans to step down at the end of 2020 at a town hall meeting on…

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WHOI Statement on Recent Wall Street Journal Article

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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution takes claims of a possible cybersecurity breach extremely seriously and continues to maintain the highest state of vigilance against all forms of network intrusion. Despite speculation published in a March 5 article in the Wall Street Journal, the Institution has seen no evidence of any significant security breach since the implementation…

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WHOI and WHOI Advisor James Cameron Participate in UN Ocean Conference

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) joined world leaders and representatives from business, academia, and NGOs this week at United Nations Headquarters in New York for the Ocean Conference— the first truly global conference dedicated to accelerating action to reverse the deterioration of the ocean. WHOI leaders and scientists participated as experts in program sessions…

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