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Kate Madin


I was born in California near San Francisco Bay, and childhood summers included fishing in Washington rivers, digging clams on Oregon beaches, and camping from the California redwoods to the Olympic rainforest. Living close to nature and being the daughter of a chemistry teacher, I inclined toward science. At the University of California, Davis, I met my future husband knee-deep in mudflats diging for marine invertebrates. After a year in Bimini on a science-on-a-shoestring expedition to study open-ocean zooplankton, we returned to Davis, moved eastward to WHOI, and I commuted cross-country for a PhD at UCD. I feel very fortunate to have been able to raise a family, stay close to science through writing and education outreach, and work with wonderful, interesting people every day.

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Decoding the Mystery Fish

Decoding the Mystery Fish

Few marine animals capture biologists’ imaginations more than the mysterious, almost mythical coelacanth, a 5-foot-long fish that was thought to…

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Rebuilding Alvin: Timothy Kling

Rebuilding Alvin: Timothy Kling

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: Robert Waters

Rebuilding Alvin: Robert Waters

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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River Quest

River Quest

Max Holmes and Bernhard Peucker-Ehrenbrink spend a lot of time upriver—one day bundled in a parka on the icy banks…

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Frequency Ranges of Marine Animal Sounds

Marine Mammals: Whales North Atlantic Right Whale. Photo courtesy of WHOI Archives. North Atlantic Right Whale sound frequency: 0.4kHz https://www.whoi.edu/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/NorthAtlanticRightWhale.mp3…

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New Laboratory Opens at WHOI

New Laboratory Opens at WHOI

Scientists and engineers began moving into the newest laboratory at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) in August—a 27,000-square-foot, “green”-designed building…

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Brown Tides and Redfielders

Brown Tides and Redfielders

Come spring, Louie Wurch’s mind turns toward softball and another, less idyllic seasonal phenomenon: brown tides. Both scientist and shortstop,…

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A Taste of Oceanography

A Taste of Oceanography

After Genevieve Brett, an undergraduate physics major at Skidmore College, presented her mathematical analysis of coastal water temperature to WHOI…

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The Ghost Mooring

The Ghost Mooring

Just before leaving for a long-awaited vacation, Scott Worrilow came in to work on a Monday morning in April 2011,…

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All the Pretty Jellyfish

All the Pretty Jellyfish

<!– –> Pat Lohmann recently traveled to the tiny Western Pacific island nation of Palau to locate coral reefs with…

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