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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…

WHOI scientists receive 2022 Simons Early Career Investigator Awards

May 12, 2022

Two Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution scientists have received prestigious Simons Early Career Investigator in Marine Microbial Ecology and Evolution Awards. Maria Pachiadaki and Harriet Alexander are both assistant scientists at WHOI, focusing on different aspects of microbial ecology.

Smaller female North Atlantic right whales, fewer calves

May 12, 2022

The declining body size of North Atlantic right whales may have critical consequences for the future of the species. New research, co-authored by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s senior scientist Michael Moore, shows that smaller females produce fewer calves.

Fluid Flow Stimulates Chemosynthesis in a Greek Salad of Hydrothermal Microbes

April 22, 2022

A new study uses an innovative approach to examine the bay’s shallow-water hydrothermal system and the production of microbes there in situ and near natural conditions as a model to assess the importance of hydrothermal fluid circulation on chemosynthesis.

Deepest sediment core collected in the Atlantic Ocean

April 21, 2022

A team of scientists, engineers, and ship’s crew on the research vessel Neil Armstrong operated by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) recently collected a 38-foot-long cylindrical sediment sample from the deepest part of the Puerto Rico Trench, nearly 5…

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s “Ocean Encounters” nominated for Webby Award

April 20, 2022

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s virtual education series, Ocean Encounters, has been nominated for a People’s Voice Webby Award in the Virtual and Remote – Series, Health and Science category, and was also named an honoree in the Virtual and Remote:…

WHOI & Pangaea Logistics Solutions to advance ocean science data acquisition through Science RoCS program

April 11, 2022

WHOI and Pangaea Logistics Solutions (Pangaea), a U.S. based, international maritime and logistics transportation company, today announced the launch of a new science program aboard Pangaea’s fleet of ships. Science RoCS (Science Research on Commercial Ships) is an innovative program…

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and collaborators launch world’s largest kelp map

April 4, 2022

To further investigate and track kelp growth and survival over time, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, The Nature Conservancy, University of California Los Angeles, and the University of California Santa Barbara have launched the world’s largest map of kelp forest canopies…

Scientists report complete collapse of East Antarctica’s Conger Ice Shelf

March 25, 2022

Satellite data has confirmed that an ice shelf about the size of Manhattan has completely collapsed in East Antarctica within days of record high temperatures. The Conger ice shelf, which had an approximate surface area of 1,200 sq km, collapsed…

WHOI-led team awarded $7.6M to support Gulf of Mexico Loop Current research

March 25, 2022

A Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution-led research team has been awarded $7.6 million from the Gulf Research Program (GRP) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM).

WHOI engineers invent adjustable, compact marine winch, offering flexibility and improved vessel operations

March 16, 2022

Engineers with the UNOLS East Coast Winch Pool, at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), spent a decade working on a product that offers a lightweight, compact winch model, designed specifically to make for an easier and more efficient experience…

WHOI collaborates with CMA CGM to increase protections for marine mammals

March 10, 2022

A collaboration between Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and the CMA CGM Group, a world leader in shipping and logistics, aims to increase whale detection efforts along the U.S East Coast, particularly for North Atlantic right whales, and reduce the…

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WHOI scientist elected as Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology

March 7, 2022

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution scientist elected as Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology Woods Hole, MA – Colleen Hansel, senior scientist in the Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry Department at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), has been elected as a…

Evidence Bolsters Classification of a Major Spawning Ground for Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Off the Northeast U.S.

March 3, 2022

The Slope Sea off the Northeast United States is a major spawning ground for Atlantic bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus), a new WHOI-led paper affirms. This finding likely has important implications for population dynamics and the survival of this fish.

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution-led study explores effects of noise on marine life

March 2, 2022

New research shows turtles can experience temporary hearing loss from an excess of underwater noise. This high volume of sound, referred to as underwater noise pollution, can be caused by passing ships and offshore construction. These preliminary findings were part…

Resilient Woods Hole releases new, interactive tools to prepare for climate change

February 18, 2022

ResilientWoodsHole (RWH) initiative releases new interactive website tools to further engage the local community in its collective goal of securing a climate-resilient future for the coastal village of Woods Hole

Dissolving oil in a sunlit sea

February 16, 2022

A team of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) researchers discovered that nearly 10 percent of the oil floating on the Gulf after the Deepwater Horizon disaster was dissolved into seawater by sunlight – a process called “photo-dissolution”. The findings were…

OTZ's role in climate change

The ocean twilight zone’s role in climate change

February 16, 2022

A new report from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Ocean Twilight Zone (OTZ) project team offers a detailed look at the climate-altering processes that take place within the zone, in particular those that are driven by animals that migrate between…