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These corals, including cup corals and bubblegum corals, were found near the edge of a mussel bed while exploring a gas seep area near the northeast submarine canyons—unique and biodiverse habitats in the Atlantic Ocean. Less than one percent of the underwater canyons off the U.S. east coast have been explored. Image courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition 2013.

WHOI to Join $94 Million Cooperative Institute

May 6, 2019

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) will join a new $94 million consortium led by the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography to support ocean exploration, responsible resource management, improved scientific understanding of the deep sea and strengthen the...

Rick Murray

WHOI Names Rick Murray Deputy Director & Vice President for Research

May 1, 2019

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) announces that Dr. Richard W. Murray has accepted the position of the Deputy Director & Vice President for Research of the institution. He will assume the office on Sept. 1, 2019. A geochemist whose research...

Conrad Hughen

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Receives $5 Million to Accelerate the Advancement of Knowledge about the Ocean

April 30, 2019

The Deerbrook Charitable Trust has awarded $5 million to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) to establish the Deerbrook Ocean Science Acceleration Fund (DOSA Fund). This gift launches the new WHOI Research Accelerator, a lasting endowment to drive ocean research, innovation,...

Glen Gawarkiewicz

News tip: Study of Fishermen, Scientists Partnerships Published

April 25, 2019

A review paper recently published in the journal Annual Review of Marine Science highlights the value of collaboration between researchers and fishing fleets in monitoring ocean conditions in New England and beyond. “There is a dire need for more data...

Biofilm in a natural seep in Costa Rica. Credit: Peter Barry.

Microbes May Act as Gatekeepers of Earth’s Deep Carbon

April 24, 2019

Two years ago an international team of scientists visited Costa Rica’s subduction zone, where the ocean floor sinks beneath the continent and volcanoes tower above the surface. They wanted to find out if microbes can affect the cycle of carbon...

Corals in the Red Sea Offer Long-term View of South Asian Monsoon

April 15, 2019

When it comes to understanding future climate, the south Asian summer monsoon offers a paradox. Most climate models predict that as human-caused global warming increases, monsoon rain and wind will become more intense—but weather data collected in the region shows...

New species of coral found in Lydonia Canyon

New Deep-Sea Coral Species Discovered in Atlantic Marine Monument

April 9, 2019

DNA analysis recently confirmed that Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) scientists and their collaborators at OceanX, the University of Connecticut (UConn), and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) discovered two new species of deep-sea corals during a September 2018 expedition in...

New Report Explores Threats, Solutions Impacting Right Whales

New Report Explores Threats, Solutions Impacting Right Whales

March 28, 2019

The North Atlantic right whale is a critically endangered whale species that is protected under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, the Marine Mammal Protection Act, and Canada’s Species at Risk Act. These animals, of which there are only 411 remaining,...

WHOI to be Featured in Upcoming BBC Program 'Blue Planet Live'

WHOI to be Featured in Upcoming BBC Program ‘Blue Planet Live’

March 20, 2019

Scientists, engineers, vehicle operators, and ship crew from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) will be a featured part of the upcoming BBC program “Blue Planet Live,” which will air over four nights beginning March 24. The series will include...

Court

WHOI Selects New Chief Development Officer

March 12, 2019

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) has selected Court Clayton, an expert in fundraising and philanthropic giving, as the Institution’s new Chief Development Officer (CDO). Clayton brings two decades of frontline fundraising and management experience to WHOI within higher education and...

The Iselin Marine Facility, shown here in 1960, was constructed in its current configuration in 1969 to accommodate an expanding fleet. © Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

WHOI, Falmouth Win Second Seaport Economic Council Grant

March 7, 2019

Members of the Massachusetts Seaport Economic Council (SEC) gave the green-light to a $1 million grant proposal from the Town of Falmouth and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). The SEC, chaired by Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, promotes economic growth in...

Waters West of Europe Drive Ocean Overturning, Key for Regulating Climate

Waters West of Europe Drive Ocean Overturning, Key for Regulating Climate

January 31, 2019

The Atlantic meridional overturning circulation (MOC)—a deep-ocean process that plays a critical role in regulating Earth’s climate—is primarily driven by cooling waters west of Europe, finds a new international study published Feb. 1 in Science. In the Atlantic MOC, warm,...

For Zombie Microbes, Deep-Sea Buffet is Just Out of Reach

For Zombie Microbes, Deep-Sea Buffet is Just Out of Reach

January 21, 2019

Far below the ocean floor, sediments are teeming with bizarre zombie-like microbes. Although they’re technically alive, they grow in slow motion, and can take decades for a single cell to divide—something their cousins at the surface do in a matter...

Emperor Penguins' First Journey to Sea

Emperor Penguins’ First Journey to Sea

January 17, 2019

Emperor penguin chicks hatch into one of Earth’s most inhospitable places—the frozen world of Antarctica. Childhood in this environment is harsh and lasts only about five months, when their formerly doting parents leave the fledglings to fend for themselves. New...

The long memory of the Pacific Ocean

The long memory of the Pacific Ocean

January 4, 2019

The ocean has a long memory. When the water in today’s deep Pacific Ocean last saw sunlight, Charlemagne was the Holy Roman Emperor, the Song Dynasty ruled China and Oxford University had just held its very first class. During that...

Why Is Sea Level Rising Faster in Some Places Along the U.S. East Coast Than Others?

Why Is Sea Level Rising Faster in Some Places Along the U.S. East Coast Than Others?

December 19, 2018

Sea levels are rising globally from ocean warming and melting of land ice, but the seas aren’t rising at the same rate everywhere. Sea levels have risen significantly faster in some U.S. East Coast regions compared to others. A new...

Groups of Pilot Whales Have Their Own Dialects

Groups of Pilot Whales Have Their Own Dialects

December 18, 2018

In humans, different social groups, cities, or regions often have distinct accents and dialects. Those vocal traits are not unique to us, however. A new study from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) has found that short-finned pilot whales living...

Coral Larvae Use Sound to Find a Home on the Reef

Coral Larvae Use Sound to Find a Home on the Reef

December 12, 2018

Choosing a place to call home is one of the most consequential choices a coral can make. In the animal’s larval stage, it floats freely in the ocean—but once it settles down, it anchors itself permanently to the rocky substrate...

Greenland Ice Sheet Melt 'Off the Charts' Compared With Past Four Centuries

Greenland Ice Sheet Melt ‘Off the Charts’ Compared With Past Four Centuries

December 5, 2018

Surface melting across Greenland’s mile-thick ice sheet began increasing in the mid-19th century and then ramped up dramatically during the 20th and early 21st centuries, showing no signs of abating, according to new research published Dec. 5, 2018, in the...

Flounder Now Tumor-free in Boston Harbor

Flounder Now Tumor-free in Boston Harbor

November 28, 2018

In the late 1980s, more than three-quarters of the winter flounder caught in Boston Harbor—one of the most polluted harbors in America—showed signs of liver disease, many of them with cancerous tumors. But now, a scientist at Woods Hole Oceanographic...