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WHOI names Paul Salem as new Board of Trustees Chair

August 9, 2022

Paul Salem, a leader in private equity and non-profit board service, has been named Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s new Chair of the Board of Trustees. Salem will transition into the role officially on January 1, 2023, taking over for David…

Rapid warming in the Gulf of Maine reverses 900 years of cooling

August 8, 2022

Rapid 20th century warming in the Gulf of Maine has reversed long-term cooling that occurred there during the previous 900 years, according to new research that combines an examination of shells from long-lived ocean quahogs and climate model simulations.

Weddell seal moms sacrifice to provide for their pups

August 2, 2022

Seal mothers dramatically limit diving and foraging while lactating to provide more iron to their young

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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution leads multi-ship study of northwest Atlantic

August 2, 2022

Partners from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, University of Rhode Island, to study Ocean Twilight Zone Woods Hole, Mass. (August 6, 2022) – Scientists from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), along with partners from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)…

Human-occupied submersible Alvin makes historic dive

July 21, 2022

World’s most successful research submersible reaches 6,453 meters, its deepest dive ever Woods Hole, MA – Today, the human-occupied submersible Alvin made history when it successfully reached a depth of 6,453 meters (nearly 4 miles) in the Puerto Rico Trench,…

Hydrothermal field discovered at the East Pacific Rise 9°54’N

July 21, 2022

A new high-temperature, off-axis hydrothermal vent field on Pacific seafloor at 2550 meters depth was discovered in 2021 by a team that included researchers from Lehigh University; Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO); the University of Bergen Norway; and Woods Hole…

WHOI and CMA CGM Group deploy acoustic monitoring buoy near Norfolk, Virginia

July 20, 2022

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and The CMA CGM Group, a global player in sea, land, air, and logistics solutions, have deployed an acoustic monitoring buoy 33 miles off the coast of Norfolk, Virginia. A second buoy is slated for…

Mid-depth waters off the United States East Coast are getting saltier

July 6, 2022

A new study led by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) shows a significant increase in frequency of warm saltwater intrusions from the deep ocean to the continental shelf along the Middle Atlantic Bight, which extends from the Gulf of Maine…

Scientists link the changing Azores High and the drying Iberian region to anthropogenic climate change

July 5, 2022

Projected changes in wintertime precipitation make agriculture in the Iberian region some of the most vulnerable in Europe, according to a new WHOI co-led study that links the changes to increased anthropogenic greenhouse gases.

WHOI signs a memorandum of understanding with Portuguese Ocean Institute

June 29, 2022

Today, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) signed a memorandum of understanding with Instituto Português do Mar e da Atmosfera (IPMA), the Portuguese national authority responsible for monitoring the country’s ocean, atmosphere, and land.

Innovative, new “road map” for kelp crop improvement

June 24, 2022

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), the University of Connecticut, and Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences have executed a license agreement for a kelp germplasm, or collection of microscopic cells called gametophytes, containing more than 1,200 samples all developed and isolated…

Climate change could lead to a dramatic temperature-linked decrease in essential omega-3 fatty acids

June 23, 2022

The effects of global climate change already are resulting in the loss of sea ice, accelerated sea level rise, and longer and more intense heat waves, among other threats. Now, the first-ever survey of planktonic lipids in the global ocean…

WHOI joins world leaders at UN Ocean Conference: June 27 – July 1, Lisbon, Portugal

June 22, 2022

Thousands of participants from around the world will converge in Lisbon beginning June 27 as part of the 2022 United Nations Ocean Conference. Among them will be representatives from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), the world’s largest independent organization dedicated…

WHOI-led projects receive UN endorsement as part of Decade of Ocean Science

June 9, 2022

Four projects led or co-led by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) scientists were named on World Ocean Day by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to receive Endorsed Action status as part of the UN Decade of…

Geoscience technology company founded by MIT/WHOI Joint Program student awarded $3.8M from U.S. Department of Energy

June 2, 2022

Eden, a geoscience technology development company co-founded by Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program student Paris Smalls, will receive $3.8 million in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Energy Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E).

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Yawkey Foundation and WHOI present Summer Speaker Series, “Dispatches from an Ocean Planet”

June 1, 2022

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, in partnership with the Yawkey Foundation, proudly presents “Dispatches from an Ocean Planet”, a summer series of film and literature. The series marks the return of WHOI in-person events after a two-year hiatus due to the…

Arc volcanoes are wetter than previously thought, with scientific and economic implications

May 26, 2022

This increased amount of water has broad implications for understanding how Earth’s lower crust forms, how magma erupts through the crust, and how economically important mineral ore deposits form, according to a new paper led by authors from the Woods…

WHOI campaign sheds light on new strategies and solutions for the coral reef crisis

May 26, 2022

In advance of World Ocean Day on June 8, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) is launching its Give Reefs a Chance campaign, aimed at raising awareness of what WHOI scientists and engineers are doing to tackle the corals crisis, the…

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WHOI Board and Corporation welcomes new 2022 Board of Trustees and Corporation Members

May 24, 2022

The Board of Trustees of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) today welcomed five new Trustees and 10 new Corporation Members at its Spring Joint Meeting of the Board and Corporation.

Innovation Takes Off at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

May 20, 2022

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), the world’s largest independent institution specifically focused on ocean science, engineering, and education, today announced the establishment of the George and Wendy David Center for Ocean Innovation, the latest in a series of new initiatives…