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Cherie Winner


Cherie Winner was a staff writer/editor for Oceanus from 2009 to 2014. In October 2014 she moved to Penn State, where she continues to write about scientific exploration as associate director of research communications and editor of Research|Penn State magazine.

Prior to coming to WHOI, she covered research stories for Washington State Magazine and the Washington State University news service. As a freelancer, she has written 22 books for children, on subjects ranging from the ecology of Alaska’s North Slope to the history of blood transfusion, and stories for Boys’ Life, Wyoming Wildlife, the Casper Star-Tribune, and other periodicals. 

Featured Work

» To Banish Biofouling
A slimy new front in the age-old battle against barnacles

» Taking It To the Limit
Light, matter, and scientific immortality

» Medicines from Marine Microbes?
Ocean bacteria vs. cystic fibrosis

» Of Dogs, Drugs, and Medical Decisions
How our genetic makeup influences our response to medications

» 50 Years of the WHOI Buoy Group
Interactive timeline of key events in the history of WHOI’s Buoy Group

» Beach Closure interactive
Kid-friendly interactive feature about beach contamination

» Welcome to Mildew Manor
And you think your house needs work

» Rare Bird
Profile of ornithologist Paul Johnsgard

» Lost Glories, Found
The search for New Zealand’s Pink and White Terraces

» Contagion
Unraveling the mystery of emerging diseases

» A Glacier’s Pace
Ocean and ice: Research on Greenland’s fjords and glaciers

» Counting Cougs
Tracking elusive mountain lions

» Dive & Discover Expedition 14
Daily dispatches, slideshows, and multimedia from a research cruise in the Mediterranean

» An Ocean Rescue
Heather Goldstone of WCAI interviewed me about a dramatic turn of events on the Dive & Discover cruise

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From Penguins to Polar Bears

From Penguins to Polar Bears

Polar ecosystems are especially vulnerable to climate change. They are also notably hard to study and to manage. Scientists came to WHOI recently for a Morss Colloquium to address the issues.

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Rebuilding Alvin: Phil Forte

Rebuilding Alvin: Phil Forte

A new installment in our series on the team of people at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution who helped design and build the new and improved version of the submersible Alvin.

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Jet Stream Gets Fish in Hot Water

Jet Stream Gets Fish in Hot Water

WHOI scientists traced a heat wave in the North Atlantic, and the disruption of fisheries that it caused, to an unusual pattern in air circulation months earlier.

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Lush Life, Deep Down

Lush Life, Deep Down

Scientists find an active ecosystem of bacteria, archaea, and fungi in the sediments far beneath the sea floor.

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What Doomed the Stromatolites?

What Doomed the Stromatolites?

About a billion years before the dinosaurs became extinct, stromatolites roamed the Earth until they mysteriously disappeared. Well, not roamed…

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The Harshest Habitats on Earth

The Harshest Habitats on Earth

With help from ROV Jason and a new, high-tech sampling instrument, scientists discover that even in a hyper-saline realm, with no light and no oxygen, under crushing pressure, life still finds a way.

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An Ocean Instrument Is Born

An Ocean Instrument Is Born

Every new ocean instrument goes through growing pains. But the Submersible Incubation Device, nicknamed SID, has been a particularly long…

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Rebuilding Alvin: Kurt Uetz

Rebuilding Alvin: Kurt Uetz

From the beginning of 2011 to May 2013, Alvin, the U.S. science community’s only human-occupied submersible dedicated to deep-sea research,…

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Rebuilding Alvin: Al Suchy

Rebuilding Alvin: Al Suchy

From the beginning of 2011 to May 2013, Alvin, the U.S. science community’s only human-occupied submersible dedicated to deep-sea research,…

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Rebuilding Alvin: Dutch Wegman

Rebuilding Alvin: Dutch Wegman

From the beginning of 2011 to May 2013, Alvin, the U.S. science community’s only human-occupied submersible dedicated to deep-sea research,…

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Rebuilding Alvin: Paul Keith

Rebuilding Alvin: Paul Keith

From the beginning of 2011 to May 2013, Alvin, the U.S. science community’s only human-occupied submersible dedicated to deep-sea research,…

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Rebuilding Alvin: Lisa Smith

Rebuilding Alvin: Lisa Smith

From the beginning of 2011 to May 2013, Alvin, the U.S. science community’s only human-occupied submersible dedicated to deep-sea research,…

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Rebuilding Alvin: Phil Santos

Rebuilding Alvin: Phil Santos

From the beginning of 2011 to May 2013, Alvin, the U.S. science community’s only human-occupied submersible dedicated to deep-sea research,…

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Rebuilding Alvin: Jeff McDonald

Rebuilding Alvin: Jeff McDonald

Since the beginning of 2011, Alvin, the U.S. science community’s only human-occupied submersible dedicated to deep-sea research, has been undergoing…

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Rebuilding Alvin: Loral O’Hara

Rebuilding Alvin: Loral O'Hara

Since the beginning of 2011, Alvin, the U.S. science community’s only human-occupied submersible dedicated to deep-sea research, has been undergoing…

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Rebuilding Alvin: Rick Sanger

Rebuilding Alvin: Rick Sanger

Since the beginning of 2011, Alvin, the U.S. science community’s only human-occupied submersible dedicated to deep-sea research, has been undergoing…

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Rebuilding Alvin: Will Sellers

Rebuilding Alvin: Will Sellers

Since the beginning of 2011, Alvin, the U.S. science community’s only human-occupied submersible dedicated to deep-sea research, has been undergoing…

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Rebuilding Alvin: Ben Pietro

Rebuilding Alvin: Ben Pietro

Since the beginning of 2011, Alvin, the U.S. science community’s only human-occupied submersible dedicated to deep-sea research, has been undergoing…

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