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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution co-produces Emmy award-winning program

A collaborative team from WHOI worked with South Florida PBS on the Emmy award-winning program Changing Seas: “Alvin: Pioneer of the Deep”. WHOI’s Digital Assets and Research Communications teams, including Digital Assets Director, Jayne Doucette, led the project. © Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

February 3, 2022

Woods Hole, MA – Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution has been awarded an Emmy as a co-producer, along with South Florida PBS (WPBT & WXEL) for Changing Seas: “Alvin: Pioneer of the Deep” . The 2021 Suncoast Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Emmy Awards announced the honor in December, for the category “Environment/Science – Long Form Content.”

A collaborative team from WHOI worked with PBS to film interviews with Alvin researchers and engineers last fall. Decades of Alvin archives were meticulously reviewed to help visually tell the story of how Alvin pioneered and changed the way researchers study deep ocean science. WHOI’s Digital Assets and Research Communications teams led the effort to identify and credit the right footage to support the story.

Changing Seas: “Alvin: Pioneer of the Deep” highlights the success and evolution of deep-sea submersible Alvin – which has brought researchers and explorers to extraordinary places for more than fifty years. Now, Alvin is under ongoing upgrades to continue its revolutionary scientific work, with a goal to reach more than 98% of the ocean. How has the research conducted with the Alvin submersible impacted our understanding of the oceans? And what can Alvin’s incredible history of discovery, inspiration, and daring tell us about life on Earth and beyond? This episode dives deep into all of this, and beyond.

The Suncoast Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is the standard-bearer for excellence in the television industry and the gatekeeper of the prestigious regional EMMY® Awards in the Suncoast Region. The Suncoast Chapter represents the best and brightest television and media professionals from all disciplines of the industry and from all the Suncoast region’s television markets.

About Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) is a private, non-profit organization on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, dedicated to marine research, engineering, and higher education. Established in 1930, its primary mission is to understand the ocean and its interaction with the Earth as a whole, and to communicate an understanding of the ocean’s role in the changing global environment. WHOI’s pioneering discoveries stem from an ideal combination of science and engineering—one that has made it one of the most trusted and technically advanced leaders in basic and applied ocean research and exploration anywhere. WHOI is known for its multidisciplinary approach, superior ship operations, and unparalleled deep-sea robotics capabilities. We play a leading role in ocean observation and operate the most extensive suite of data-gathering platforms in the world. Top scientists, engineers, and students collaborate on more than 800 concurrent projects worldwide—both above and below the waves—pushing the boundaries of knowledge and possibility. For more information, please visit

About South Florida PBS

South Florida PBS is Florida’s largest public media company, including Public Broadcasting stations WXEL-TV, serving the Palm Beaches and the Treasure Coast and WPBT2, serving Miami-Dade and Broward counties, and the Health Channel, the only 24/7 channel dedicated to health in the nation. South Florida PBS connects organizations and institutions across our region and preserves South Florida's history. Leading the way in this global society, South Florida PBS is committed to creating and presenting award-winning programs focused on kids, education, arts and culture, health, environment, science, and civic engagement.