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HOV Alvin’s manipulator arm collects samples from rocky outcrop at the crest of a ridge, populated by cold water corals, squat lobsters, anemones, basket stars and deep-sea fish.

Scientists Aboard R/V Atlantis Discover Deep-Sea Coral Reefs in the Galápagos

April 17, 2023

Observations using the newly upgraded human-occupied vehicle Alvin are the first of a deep-water coral reef in the Galápagos Marine Reserve.
The reefs are located at depths between 400-600 m, atop previously unmapped seamounts.

JOIDES Resolution

Building Blocks of Life on the Atlantis Massif

April 12, 2023

An upcoming expedition aboard the US ocean drilling ship JOIDES Resolution co-led by Susan Q. Lang, a geochemist at WHOI and director NOSAMS Facility, will attempt to shed new light on the processes that likely helped jumpstart the formation of life early in Earth’s history.

A pipette droplet of oil extracted from algae.

Natural Wax Holds Promise to Replace Petroleum in Cosmetics and Personal Care Products

April 6, 2023

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Western Washington University Sign License Agreement for Upwell Cosmetics to Make and Market a Marine Microalga-Derived Wax

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CINAR Names Four New Fellows in Quantitative Fisheries and Ecosystems Science

April 5, 2023

The goal of the fellowship program is to engage early-career scientists in research that supports the training and education in the he assessment and management of living marine resources in the Northeast U.S.

CUREE is an autonomous underwater vehicle

Toward a New Era of Reef Solutions

April 4, 2023

WHOI coral reef researchers propose a new technology-centered focus to study and conserve coral reefs

Great Atlantic Sargassum Belt

The Great Atlantic Sargassum Belt

March 29, 2023

Opportunistic sampling shows geographic scope of distribution, offer some of the first sampling opportunities

thermal image of a barn owl

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution partners with zoological facilities to find new ways to study heart rate, respiration in wild animal populations

March 29, 2023

Baseline data collected in controlled settings offers a glimpse into how researchers might be able to use the technique to study animals in the wild

New study uncovers unprecedented declines in iconic kelp forests along Monterey Peninsula, with glimmers of hope in Oregon and Mexico

March 23, 2023

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution part of collaborative team working to save kelp

WHOI helps lead groundbreaking study on the human and ocean health impacts of ocean plastics

March 21, 2023

For the first time, leading researchers from the fields of healthcare, ocean science, and social science have collaborated to quantify plastic’s considerable risks to all life on Earth. The Minderoo-Monaco Commission on Plastics and Human Health report, released today, presents a comprehensive analysis showing plastics as a hazard at every stage of their life cycle.

Where the weird things are

WHOI’s first children’s book “Where the Weird Things Are” now available

March 21, 2023

By Zoleka Filander and llustrated by Patricia Hooning
Where the Weird Things Are is the first children’s book from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and is inspired by the groundbreaking work of the Ocean Twilight Zone (OTZ) project, and Mesobot, an innovative hybrid robot designed specifically to study life in the ocean twilight zone.

solar system

Where Did Earth’s Water Come From? Not Melted Meteorites, According to Scientists

March 15, 2023

WHOI is part of a collaborative study, offering new insight into the extraterrestrial origins of our lakes, rivers and oceans

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WHOI Opens 2023 SXSW Conference

March 9, 2023

WHOI joins experts from Scripps Institution of Oceanography and American Geophysical Union on ocean-based carbon dioxide removal panel

Nanine Linning’s La Mer. (Photo by Brooke Trisolini, courtesy of Boston Ballet)

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Collaborates with Boston Ballet on New Production Focusing on the Ocean

March 8, 2023

La Mer will make its world premiere on April 6

CTD over the side

A Better Understanding of Gas Exchange Between the Atmosphere and Ocean Can Improve Global Climate Models

March 7, 2023

If scientists can improve the way models represent physical processes such as gas exchange, they can have more confidence in future simulations.

rough seas - subsurface buoy

Ocean Observatories Initiative‘s Pioneer Array Relocating to Southern Mid-Atlantic Bight

February 21, 2023

New location offers opportunities for new science observations with continued open access

WHOI’s Matt Long and Jeff Coogan dive to check the status of underwater instruments near an eelgrass meadow,

Excess Nutrients Lead to Dramatic Ecosystem Changes in Cape Cod’s Waquoit Bay

February 21, 2023

The Bay Is a harbinger for estuaries worldwide, say researchers


Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution releases rare video footage from the first submersible dives to RMS Titanic

February 15, 2023

In the submersible Alvin, the mission was the first time humans set eyes on the wreck since it sank nearly 75 years earlier.

Indian Ocean

Paleoclimate data show land will warm more than sea

February 8, 2023

Understanding differences in land vs. sea temperatures may improve climate models, says WHOI study

Research reveals new links behind climate change in Australia

January 11, 2023

A team of scientists, including those from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), have combined stalagmites and climate model simulations to reveal links between monsoon rains and tropical cyclones in Australia.

Porites cf. lobata is a key reef-building coral

Palau’s Rock Islands Harbor Heat-resistant Corals

December 21, 2022

Scientists studying reefs in Palau have identified subgroups of a coral species that exhibit remarkable tolerance to the extreme heat associated with marine heatwaves