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More insights into the complexity of coral

COSMOS Magazine

“This is the first unambiguous detection and attribution of ocean acidification’s impact on coral growth,” says lead author Weifu Guo of WHOI.

The Ocean Race Summits return to Newport, RI, USA, to shine a light on ocean health

Nautica Report

On September 16, from 10am to 1pm EDT hosts Danni Washington (marine biologist, TV host and science communicator), Liz Bonnin (biochemist, wild animal biologist and TV presenter) and Niall Myant-Best (presenter and host for The Ocean Race) will lead lively conversations with a diverse group of accomplished leaders and youth changemakers, including Dr. Mark Baumgartner of WHOI.

Ocean acidification causing coral ‘osteoporosis’ on iconic reefs

Science Magazine

Scientists have long suspected that ocean acidification is affecting corals’ ability to build their skeletons, but it has been challenging to isolate its effect from that of simultaneous warming ocean temperatures, which also influence coral growth. New research from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) reveals the distinct impact that ocean acidification is having on coral growth on some of the world’s iconic reefs.


Penguin math – Science & Tech – WORLD

World Magazine

Penguins may not know anything about math, but their formations align with sophisticated physics and geometry concepts. The research validates an earlier study in which a team of researchers with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution used robotic, high-resolution cameras at a remote Antarctic research station to monitor the penguins’ behavior and measure the movements of individuals within the colony.

Atlantis getting ‘midlife fitting’ at Dakota Creek

Anacortes American

The Atlantis is a scientific research vessel owned by the U.S. Navy Office of Naval Research and operated by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, a nonprofit ocean research and education organization based in Massachusetts.

Radioactive liquid effluent releases at San Onofre: how worried should we be?

Surfrider Foundation blog

After dozens of inquiries from concerned community members and panicked parents about the actual risk and health impacts, we think it’s time we should all educate ourselves about this confusing and complex realm of radiological exposure in our environment. To help in this endeavor, we reached out to Dr. Ken Buesseler, a senior scientist at the prominent Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

Penguins Are Nature’s Best Snugglers

The Atlantic
the Atlantic

It turns out that penguins execute their huddles with a high degree of mathematical efficiency, as Blanchette and his team discovered. More recently, Daniel Zitterbart, a physicist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts, helped develop and install high-resolution cameras to observe undisturbed huddling behavior.

Scientists pull living microbes, possibly 100 million years old, from beneath the sea

Science Magazine

Microbes buried beneath the sea floor for more than 100 million years are still alive, a new study reveals. When brought back to the lab and fed, they started to multiply. The microbes are oxygen-loving species that somehow exist on what little of the gas diffuses from the ocean surface deep into the seabed. The new work demonstrates “microbial life is very persistent, and often finds a way to survive,” says Virginia Edgcomb, a microbial ecologist at WHOI who was not involved in the work.

Experiments Reveal How Permafrost Carbon Becomes Carbon Dioxide

Eos - Earth and Space Science News

Permafrost has been frozen for far longer than humans have been on the planet. That’s a good thing because permafrost contains over a trillion metric tons of organic carbon deposited by generations of plants, and all that carbon remains locked up when it’s frozen. “But now, because of human activity, it’s starting to thaw,” said Collin P. Ward, an aquatic geochemist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Woods Hole, Mass. “The big concern here is what’s going to happen to all of that organic carbon.”

Research cruises gingerly resume


U.S. research vessels are taking to the sea again after being docked since mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Of 256 cruises scheduled from March to December, about half have already been pushed back or canceled. Some long cruises with large crews on in-demand ships have not been rescheduled. The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution has had to torpedo one such mission, intended to study how carbon sequestered by organisms near the surface sinks hundreds of meters to the mesopelagic region, also known as the twilight zone.

A Story Map for Marie Tharp’s 100th birthday

Story Maps

Data acquired aboard the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) research vessel Atlantis from 1946 – 1953 were shared with Marie as she began to assemble the first detailed map of the Atlantic Ocean.

17 Historical Mysteries People Would Really Like Answers To


In 2002, documentarian Anne MacGregor and Phil Richardson, a physical oceanographer at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts, speculated that the Mary Celeste was abandoned the day after the log’s final entry – November 25, 1872 – perhaps because the ship was taking on water and Briggs had spotted land. Another theory was put forward by Dr. Andrea Sella from University College London in 2006, suggesting an explosion aboard led Briggs to abandon ship.

New president and director for WHOI

Offshore Energy

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) has appointed Dr. Peter de Menocal as the eleventh president and director of the Institution. De Menocal is a marine geologist and paleo-oceanographer who studies deep-sea sediments as archives of past climate change.

HMS Challenger: The voyage that birthed oceanography

BBC - Travel

“The measurements of the Challenger expedition set the stage for all branches of oceanography,” explained Dr Jake Gebbie, associate scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

As if Yemen Needed More Woes, a Decrepit Oil Tanker Threatens Disaster


The task at hand is to keep a bad situation from getting worse, said Christopher M. Reddy, a marine scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. “We have a problem, it has a potential for harm, so how do we do it to create the least amount of damage?” he said.

In Focus: Woods Hole Film Festival goes virtual

Boston Globe

This year’s Woods Hole Film Festival, the 29th, is the first to be virtual. In going digital because of COVID-19, the WHFF follows such other summer fixtures on the local circuit. The WHFF runs from July 25-Aug. 1.