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New Research Unlocks Clues About the Iconic Flight of the Wandering Albatross

December 2, 2022

Wandering albatrosses’ wingspan of up to 11 feet and is the largest known of any living bird, and yet wandering albatrosses fly while hardly flapping their wings. Instead, they depend on dynamic soaring in addition to updrafts and turbulence.

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The Ocean Pavilion announces schedule of events for COP27

November 8, 2022

The Ocean Pavilion, the first time the ocean has been a singular focus of a pavilion inside the central “Blue Zone,” will host approximately 60 sessions over the two-week period, Nov. 6-18.

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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Receives $2 million from State for CWATER project

November 4, 2022

Funding is part of $3 million economic development package secured by Falmouth legislators.

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Arctic Hydrothermal Vent Site Could Help in Search for Extraterrestrial Life

November 1, 2022

When scientists discovered a hydrothermal vent site in the Arctic Ocean’s Aurora hydrothermal system in 2014, they did not immediately realize just how exciting their discovery was.

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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Elects New Corporation Members and Chairs at Recent Joint Meetings

October 28, 2022

The Board of Trustees of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) recently welcomed five new Corporation Members.

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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution honored with IEEE Milestone for Technical Innovation and Excellence

October 27, 2022

HOV Alvin recognized as one of world’s most important deep-sea scientific instruments

Emperor penguins granted protections under Endangered Species Act

October 25, 2022

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution among research groups that offer key findings to support federal protection of species, increasingly under siege by climate change


Propeller Announces $100 Million Fund to Invest in Ocean-Climate Companies

October 20, 2022

Unique partnership with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and veteran leadership team deploys vital capital to blue economy ‘narwhals’ at the nexus of ocean innovation, science and technology.

Study Examines the Impact of Coral Chemical Compounds on Reef Composition and Health

October 17, 2022

The study found that the organic chemical compounds produced through metabolism —known as metabolites or exudates—vary significantly by coral species and that the compounds impact the abundances and compositions of reef microorganisms differently.

WHOI Named 2022 Mass Save™ Climate Leader for Outstanding Commitment to Energy Efficiency

October 7, 2022

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) has been selected as a 2022 Mass Save™ Climate Leader; one of just 19 commercial and industrial organizations across the Commonwealth to receive this recognition.

First ever ocean-focused pavilion in the Blue Zone

October 6, 2022

Leading ocean science and philanthropic organizations to highlight the global ocean at UN climate conference

Resilient Woods Hole Awarded Grant from Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management

October 6, 2022

Resilient Woods Hole (RWH), a private/public collaboration to prepare the village and blue economy of Woods Hole for major climate impacts such as sea-level rise, coastal flooding, and shoreline loss, has been awarded a second grant from the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management to continue its work in implementing community climate resiliency solutions.

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution receives Seagriculture Innovation Awards

October 5, 2022

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI)-led teams earned Gold and Silver Innovation Awards for seaweed solutions projects, presented at the first annual Seagriculture Conference USA 2022 in Portland, Maine.

“Digital Reefs” awarded $5 million

September 21, 2022

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) $5 million to participate in NSF’s ground breaking Convergence Accelerator Program. The project, led by WHOI scientist Anne Cohen, builds the world’s first Coral Reef Digital Twin, a 4-dimensional virtual replica of a living coral reef powered by state-of-the art data and models.

The bolder bird gets (and keeps) the girl

September 14, 2022

A new paper by WHOI researchers demonstrates a connection between personality and divorce in albatross

How marine predators find food hot spots in open ocean “deserts”

September 7, 2022

A new study led by scientists at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and University of Washington Applied Physics Laboratory (UW APL) finds that marine predators, such as tunas, billfishes and sharks, aggregate in anticyclonic, clockwise-rotating ocean eddies (mobile, coherent bodies of water). As these anticyclonic eddies move throughout the open ocean, the study suggests that the predators are also moving with them, foraging on the high deep-ocean biomass contained within.

Marine Protected Areas in Antarctica should include young emperor penguins, scientists say

August 31, 2022

Scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and European research institutions are calling for better protections for juvenile emperor penguins, as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service considers listing the species under the Endangered Species Act and the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) considers expanding the network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in the Southern Ocean.

WHOI welcomes Yessica Cancel as Chief People Officer

August 30, 2022

WHOI announced the appointment of Yessica Cancel to its executive team in the newly created position of Chief People Officer (CPO)

Human-occupied vehicle Alvin successfully completes science verification

August 23, 2022

After three weeks in the Puerto Rico trench and Mid Cayman Rise, Alvin is certified to return to research with its new max depth of ~4 miles

As oceans warm, snapping shrimp sound a warning

August 18, 2022

Research published by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) scientists today in Frontiers in Marine Science confirmed their previous observations that rising temperatures increase the sound of snapping shrimp, a tiny crustacean found in temperate and tropical coastal marine environments around the world.