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WHOI Scientists ‘read’ the messages in chemical clues left by coral reef inhabitants

June 10, 2024

What species live in this coral reef, and are they healthy? Chemical clues emitted by marine organisms might hold that information

Coastal communities in Ghana

WHOI to Receive Funding For Ocean Margins Initiative in West Africa

June 4, 2024

New program at Schmidt Sciences will refine details of ocean carbon cycling and ecosystem resilience

Alvin Christening

Sixty Years of Deep Ocean Research, Exploration, and Discovery with Human-Occupied Vehicle Alvin 

June 4, 2024

In June 1964, the world’s first deep-diving submersible dedicated to scientific research was commissioned. What have we learned over the past 60 years?

Ocean exhibit at Cape Cod Children’s Museum

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Cape Cod Children’s Museum partner for World Ocean Day celebration

June 3, 2024

The Cape Cod Children’s Museum (CCCM) is proud to announce that its Exploring Cape Cod Waters exhibit is now fully complete.

Researchers improve satellite surveillance of emperor penguins

May 29, 2024

New method will provide accurate counts and breeding success of the threatened species in the light of climate change

A Kids Book

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Marine Chemist Authors ‘A Kids Book About Being a Scientist’

May 21, 2024

In his new book, A Kids Book About Being a Scientist, award-winning author and WHOI chemist Chris Reddy encourages young people to explore the world around them

CTD Recovery

New Technologies Revise Scientists’ Understanding of the Oxygen Minimum Zone

May 21, 2024

A new technology detects trace amounts of oxygen in an environment where previously these life-supporting molecules were below the limit of detection.

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Spring 2024: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Elects New Trustees and Corporation Members

May 17, 2024

At Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s (WHOI’s) Spring Joint Meeting of the Board and Corporation today, Institution leaders elected three new Trustees and seven new Corporation Members.

Perkins Students

Perkins School for the Blind Visit Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

May 13, 2024

On Saturday, May 11, WHOI welcomed students from Perkins School for the Blind’s Outreach Program.

Communicator Awards

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution takes home four Communicator Awards

May 9, 2024

The Communicator Awards recognizes organizations committed to excellence, effectiveness, and innovation across all areas of communication.


For microscopic organisms, ocean currents act as ‘expressway’ to deeper depths, study finds

May 2, 2024

New research shows how tiny plant-like organisms hitch a ride on ocean currents to reach darker and deeper depths, where they impact carbon cycling and microbial dynamics in the subtropical oceans.

Sampling Rosette

Human Activity Is Causing Toxic Thallium to Enter the Baltic Sea, According to New Study

May 2, 2024

Human activities account for a substantial amount – anywhere from 20% to more than 60% – of toxic thallium that has entered the Baltic Sea over the past 80 years, according to new research by scientists affiliated with WHOI and other institutions.

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WHOI Physical Oceanographer publishes peer-reviewed book about the Indian Ocean

April 26, 2024

The Indian Ocean and Its Role in the Global Climate System takes a deep dive into warming trends and extreme weather events

Suzi Clark

Woods Hole Center for Oceans and Human Health Receives Additional Five Years of Funding

April 19, 2024

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and National Science Foundation (NSF) have announced that the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) will receive funding to continue operating the Woods Hole Center for Oceans and Human Health (WHCOHH).


A new tagging method for fragile marine species

April 16, 2024

Newly developed bioadhesive sensors (BIMS) are effective and less invasive than traditional tagging. Scientists can attach them with a thin layer of dried-hydrogel in less than 20 seconds.

Stony Coral Tissue Disease

Study: eDNA methods give a real-time look at coral reef health

April 5, 2024

Researchers from WHOI studied the microbes in coral reef water by examining eight reefs in the U.S. Virgin Islands over a period of seven years, which included periods of hurricane and coral disease disturbance.

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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution nominated for two Webby Awards

April 3, 2024

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) has been nominated for two Webby Awards for its work in sharing mostly never-before-seen footage of the wreckage of the RMS Titanic.

HOV Alvin

Five new hydrothermal vents discovered in the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean

March 26, 2024

Ocean scientists discovered the new deep-sea hydrothermal vent sites on the seafloor at 2,550 meters (8366 feet, or 1.6 miles) depth.

Pacific Ocean

Sea Surface Temperature Research Provides Clear Evidence of Human-Caused Climate Change

March 19, 2024

New oceanic research provides clear evidence of a human “fingerprint” on climate change and shows that specific signals from human activities have altered the seasonal cycle amplitude of sea surface temperatures.

Degraded coral

Sonic Youth: Healthy Reef Sounds Increase Coral Settlement

March 13, 2024

Researchers at WHOI demonstrated that replaying healthy reef sounds could potentially be used to encourage coral larvae to recolonize damaged or degraded reefs.