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Plastics’ impact on oceans under scrutiny

Cape Cod Times

“We have an opportunity now, where there is public awareness,” said Mark Hahn, a senior scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. “They (plastics) don’t belong there (in the ocean).”

Microplastics research needs innovation, health focus

Environmental Factor

“Studying microplastics is hard because [they are] not a single contaminant like lead or a uniform contaminant like PCBs [polychlorinated biphenyls],” said NIEHS grantee Mark Hahn, Ph.D., a senior scientist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. “It is a diverse and complex mixture of materials.”

The danger of creating a designer planet

World Ocean Initiative|The Economist

In a guest blog, Ken Buesseler from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, calls for better understanding of the ocean’s biological processes before attempting to geoengineer climate solutions.

Diving Into the Creativity of Hands on Learning

The Vineyard Gazette

The event was the culmination of eight weeks of work supervised by Megan Carroll, a research engineer at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Ms. Carroll helped the students build miniature models of the submarines the Oceanographic Institution uses for ocean exploration.

WHOI biologist to join massive Arctic expedition

Cape Cod Times

With financial support from the National Science Foundation, Woods Hole biologist Carin Ashjian, who specializes in polar research, will spend a little more than two months in the Arctic.

WHOI Researcher Makes Case For More Ocean Observation

Cape Cod Times

An official from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution stressed the importance of supporting ocean science and expanding observational capability last week to a House of Representatives committee.

Scientists Say Land and Ocean Are Key to Tackling Climate Crisis


“The ocean is central to Earth’s climate and weather systems as well as our economic growth and national security and must be included in any discussion regarding legislation and policy addressing the environmental changes we see today,” said Richard Murray, deputy director and vice president for research at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Woods Hole, Mass.

Technofixing the climate: who’s in charge?

Economist World Ocean Initiative

Ken Buesseler, senior scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute in Massachusetts, who was researching OIF at the time, recalls: “Governments stopped funding the research—everything came to a halt.”

‘Magic soil’: a green solution to red tide

China Global Television Network

About 30 scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution of the United States and other institutes concluded: “Results to date are generally consistent with published studies from China (reviewed by Yu et al, 2017) which support the view that clay dispersal can be effective without significant adverse environmental impacts.”