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Marine Chemistry & Geochemistry Research Highlights

April 25, 2014

Uncovering the Ocean's Biological Pump

Scientists reveal the hidden movements of particles and chemicals in the sea
Source: Oceanus Magazine
April 17, 2014

Drug Discovery in the Ocean

Marine microbes are potential sources of disease treatments
Source: Oceanus Magazine
February 20, 2014

The Mesocosm Lab

New WHOI experimental facility replicates nature on smaller scales
Source: Oceanus Magazine
October 10, 2013

Mining Marine Microbes for New Drugs

The sea holds potential to combat resistance to antibiotics
Source: Oceanus Magazine
November 6, 2013

An Oddity about Lyme Disease Bacteria

Unlike any other known life form, they don't require iron
Source: Oceanus Magazine
December 17, 2013

Behold the 'Plastisphere'

Colonies of microbes flourish on tiny bits in the ocean
Source: Oceanus Magazine
October 30, 2013

Corals' Indispensable Bacterial Buddies

Like humans, corals may be superorganisms
Source: Oceanus Magazine
April 25, 2013

Japan's Triple Disaster

Earthquake and tsunami led to release of radioisotopes
Source: Oceanus Magazine
Lyme disease
March 21, 2013

Lyme Disease Bacteria Have Quirky Needs

Unlike most organisms, it uses manganese instead of iron
Source: Oceanus Magazine
Groundwater: The River No One Sees
January 16, 2013

Groundwater: The River No One Sees

Corals help measure hidden flow
Source: Oceanus Magazine
December 5, 2012

Barnacles and Biofilms

Could tiny predators help banish barnacles?
Source: Oceanus Magazine
November 20, 2012

The Retreat of the Gualas Glacier

Scientists find a surprising cause for diminishing icefields
Source: Oceanus Magazine
November 16, 2012

The Glacial Chronicles

A student documents life and research in Greenland
Source: Oceanus Magazine
River Quest
November 9, 2012

River Quest

Scientists sample the world's rivers to assess the planet's health
Source: Oceanus Magazine
Bacteria Exhibit Altruistic Behavior
October 25, 2012

Bacteria Exhibit Altruistic Behavior

Some microbes make antibiotics to benefit their kin
Source: Oceanus Magazine
Elemental Journeys
October 19, 2012

Elemental Journeys

Humans have changed how chemicals move on our planet
Source: Oceanus Magazine
September 14, 2012

Deep-sea Vents Yield New Species

Scientists explore the Mid-Cayman Rise in the Caribbean
Source: Oceanus Magazine
September 6, 2012

Do Oil and Corals Mix?

WHOI scientists explore impacts of Deepwater Horizon
Source: Oceanus Magazine
August 10, 2012

Underneath and Overlooked: Groundwater

A conversation with WHOI marine chemist Matt Charette
Source: Oceanus Magazine
Scientist Discover the Vitamin B12 Claw
May 31, 2012

Scientists Discover the "Vitamin B12 Claw"

Newfound protein is key for algae growth in the ocean
Source: Oceanus Magazine
March 9, 2012

Lessons from the 2011 Japan Quake

What have scientists learned about its cause and consequences?
Source: Oceanus Magazine
February 29, 2012

Marine Microbes vs. Cystic Fibrosis

Scientist seeks medicines from nature
Source: Oceanus Magazine
February 6, 2012

Tracking Toxic Chemicals in Oil Spills

Does out of sight mean into the air or into fish?
Source: Oceanus Magazine
February 1, 2012

On the Trail of Mercury in the Ocean

Between smokestack and fish, mercury becomes more toxic
Source: Oceanus Magazine
January 19, 2012

Scientists Solve a Deepwater Horizon Mystery

What was that odd flotsam that appeared after the Gulf oil spill?
Source: Oceanus Magazine
December 28, 2011

Searching for Life on the Seafloor

Mid-Cayman Spreading Center could harbor unknown organisms
Source: Oceanus Magazine
December 2, 2011

Tracking an Elusive Chemical: Estrogens

What impacts might these hormones have in the coastal ocean?
Source: Oceanus Magazine
November 23, 2011

The Ocean's Tiny Chemists

A new tool helps sort out a hubbub of microbial activity in the sea
Source: Oceanus Magazine
October 12, 2011

Every Chromatogram Tells a Story

Technique detects the multitude of chemical compounds in oil
Source: Oceanus Magazine
September 14, 2011

Research Road Trip

Audio slideshow: A three-day, 500-mile quest for tarballs
Source: Oceanus Magazine
September 9, 2011

Psychotherapy for Plankton

Life can be stressful out there in the microscopic marine world
Source: Oceanus Magazine
September 5, 2011

Up From the Seafloor Came a Bubbling Brew

Scientists use a novel method to measure rate of Deepwater Horizon oil spewing into the Gulf
Source: Oceanus Magazine
July 21, 2011

Four Men. Twelve Hours. One Crucial Sample.

In a tense overnight mission, scientists grab oil from the deep
Source: Oceanus Magazine
July 18, 2011

A Plume of Chemicals from Deepwater Horizon

Some hydrocarbons from the oil spill lingered in the depths
Source: Oceanus Magazine
April 20, 2011

A Small Sip from a Big Gusher

A deep-sea device proves ideal for getting essential samples
Source: Oceanus Magazine
April 15, 2011

Oil, Microbes, and the Risk of Dead Zones

Did oil-eating microbes deplete oxygen in the Gulf of Mexico?
Source: Oceanus Magazine
January 26, 2011

After the Oil Spill, Finding a Drop in the Ocean

New, highly sensitive method can track dispersant in Gulf of Mexico
Source: Oceanus Magazine
January 10, 2011

Recycling Rare, Essential Nutrients in the Sea

Key marine bacterium appears to thrive by reusing scarce iron
Source: Oceanus Magazine
November 5, 2010

Microbes Hitch Rides on Plastics in the Sea

Scientists reveal hidden microscopic world on floating plastic debris
Source: Oceanus Magazine
October 1, 2010

How Does Toxic Mercury Get into Fish?

A WHOI scientist examines mysterious chemistry in the sea
Source: Oceanus Magazine
August 20, 2010

Plastic Particles Permeate the Atlantic

Scientists find new clues about what happens to plastics in the ocean
Source: Oceanus Magazine
Asphalt Volcanoes on the Seafloor
April 25, 2010

Asphalt Volcanoes on the Seafloor

An audio slideshow on the exploration of Il Duomo
Source: Oceanus Magazine
March 12, 2010

The Once and Future Corals

An audio slideshow: Research on the reefs
Source: Oceanus Magazine
March 5, 2010

Bacterial 'Conversations' Have Impact on Climate

'Quorum sensing' helps control how carbon moves in the sea
Source: Oceanus Magazine
November 20, 2009

The Promise and Perils of Seafloor Mining

Can minerals be extracted from the seafloor without environmental impacts?
Source: Oceanus Magazine
October 28, 2009

Exploring an Icy, Invisible Realm in Antarctica

Audio Slideshow: Researchers search for tiny marine life at the heart of a fertile ecosystem
Source: Oceanus Magazine
December 12, 2008

Tracking Nitrogen's Elusive Trail in the Ocean

The 'isotope effect' offers a new way to follow where nitrogen goes
Source: Oceanus Magazine
December 12, 2008

Another Greenhouse Gas to Watch: Nitrous Oxide

Where are steadily rising levels of the gas coming from?
Source: Oceanus Magazine
November 25, 2008

A Most Ingenious Paradoxical Plankton

How do similar organisms co-exist in the same ecological niche?
Source: Oceanus Magazine
October 22, 2008

How Does Nature Deal with Persistent Pollutants?

Graduate student explores biomagnification of chemicals up the food chain
Source: Oceanus Magazine
July 24, 2008

For Graduate Student, Research Is a Gas

Well, two gases actually, and both have key impacts on climate
Source: Oceanus Magazine
July 17, 2008

DMS: The Climate Gas You've Never Heard Of

Made by tiny plants in the ocean, dimethylsulfide helps make clouds in the sky
Source: Oceanus Magazine
June 25, 2008

Earth, Wind, and Fire in Antarctica

Scientists unravel a story inscribed in lava and written by the wind
Source: Oceanus Magazine
May 28, 2008

Popular Way to Assess Oil Spills Can Be Misused

WHOI chemist issues warning before 'pom-pom' method becomes standard practice
Source: Oceanus Magazine
April 3, 2008

Making Nanotubes Without Harming the Environment

Scientists seek to help industry manufacture new 'wonder material' safely
Source: Oceanus Magazine
April 3, 2008

Protecting Public Health by Preventing Pollution

A graduate student seeks ways to curtail contaminants in the environment
Source: Oceanus Magazine
Konrad Hughen
September 26, 2007

Extinction of Neanderthals Was Not a Climate Disaster Scenario

New Research Reveals That Abrupt Climate Change Was Not the Primary Cause of Species Disappearance
Source: Media Relations
Scientists, Policymakers, and Industry Leaders Gather to Discuss Ocean Iron Fertilization
September 25, 2007

WHOI Hosts Iron Fertilization Conference

Woods Hole Symposium Considers the Issues Involved in Using the Seas as a Solution to Global Warming
Source: Media Relations
Acid Rain Has a Disproportionate Impact on Coastal Waters
September 7, 2007

Acid Rain Has a Disproportionate Impact on Coastal Waters

Research Suggests Sulfur, Nitrogen Emissions Play a Role in Changing Chemistry Near the Coast
Source: Media Relations
May 18, 2007

B12 Is Also an Essential Vitamin for Marine Life

The vitamin has impacts on the marine food web and Earth?s climate
Source: Media Relations
Effects of Climate Change and Ocean Acidification on Living Marine Resources
May 10, 2007

Effects of Climate Change and Ocean Acidification on Living Marine Resources

Scott Doney, Senior Scientist, Marine Chemistry & Geochemistry Department
Presented to the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation's Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard

April 26, 2007

Ocean's "Twilight Zone" Plays Important Role in Climate Change

New study identifies a critical link influencing the ocean's ability to store carbon dioxide
Source: Media Relations
April 23, 2007

Still Toxic After All These Years

Does oil spilled in 1969 still have impacts on wildlife? Ask a fiddler crab.
Source: Oceanus Magazine
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April 2, 2007

The Growing Menace of Chemical War

Iraqi insurgents are now using suicide bombs laden with chlorine gas, a significant expansion in terrorism. Victims of chlorine gas die miserably, as I learned as an undergraduate chemistry major....
Source: Providence Journal

March 2, 2007

Follow the Carbon Trail

The movement and transformation of carbon in the ocean have large climate implications
Source: Oceanus Magazine
Researchers Find Substantial Amount of Mercury Entering the Ocean through Groundwater
March 20, 2007

Researchers Find Substantial Amount of Mercury Entering the Ocean through Groundwater

New pathway for pollution may change views of how much mercury is lingering in coastal waters
Source: Media Relations
November 29, 2006

How Long Can the Ocean Slow Global Warming?

How much excess carbon dioxide can the ocean hold and how will it affect marine life?
Source: Oceanus Magazine
October 20, 2006

The Coral-Climate Connection

The skeletons of corals on the seafloor preserve records of how ocean circulation has changed
Source: Oceanus Magazine
August 16, 2006

Swimming in the Rain

Novel untethered vehicle catches 'marine snow' falling through the sea
Source: Oceanus Magazine
March 8, 2006

Dust Busters for the Oceans

A new instrument seeks answers that are blowing in the wind
Source: Oceanus Magazine
February 10, 2006

Graduate Student Discovers an Unusual New Species

Unlike other magnetotactic bacteria, the "barbell" bacterium heads in its own direction
Source: Oceanus Magazine
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October 5, 2005

Earth Can't Soak Up Excess Fossil Fuel Emissions Indefinitely

By the end of the century, the land and ocean may reach their capacity to absorb greenhouse gas from the atmosphere
Source: Oceanus Magazine
The Deeps of Time in the Depths of the Ocean
March 8, 2005

The Deeps of Time in the Depths of the Ocean

Discoveries of unusual marine microbes are radically changing our views about the evolution of life
Source: Oceanus Magazine
Mistaken Identity
February 10, 2005

Mistaken Identity

Two bromine compounds found in whale blubber are natural products, not industrial pollutants
Source: Oceanus Magazine
Water Flowing Underground
December 10, 2004

Water Flowing Underground

New techniques reveal the importance of groundwater seeping into the sea
Source: Oceanus Magazine
Oil in Our Coastal Back Yard
October 13, 2004

Oil in Our Coastal Back Yard

Spills on WHOI's shores set the stage for advances in mitigating and remediating oil spills
Source: Oceanus Magazine
Living Large in  Microscopic Nooks
August 24, 2004

Living Large in Microscopic Nooks

Newly discovered deep-sea microbes rearrange thinking on the evolution of the Earth? and life on it
Source: Oceanus Magazine
The Remarkable Diversity of Seafloor Vents
February 13, 2004

The Remarkable Diversity of Seafloor Vents

Explorations reveal an increasing variety of hydrothermal vents
Source: Oceanus Magazine
When Seafloor Meets Ocean, The Chemistry Is Amazing
February 13, 2004

When Seafloor Meets Ocean, the Chemistry Is Amazing

In more and more places, scientists are finding large amounts of natural gas on the ocean bottom
Source: Oceanus Magazine
The Cauldron Beneath the Seafloor
December 1, 1998

The Cauldron Beneath the Seafloor

Percolating Through Volcanic Subsurface Rocks, Seawater is Chemically Transformed into Hydrothermal Fluid
Source: Oceanus Magazine
How to Build a Black Smoker Chimney
December 1, 1998

How to Build a Black Smoker Chimney

The formation of mineral deposits at mid-ocean ridges
Source: Oceanus Magazine

Transient Tracers Track Ocean Climate Signals
December 1, 1996

Transient Tracers Track Ocean Cimate Signals

Source: Oceanus Magazine