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Homing in on Reef Homes

Homing in on Reef Homes

Justin Suca holds a translucent young mantis shrimp off the Caribbean island of St. John where he does field work.…

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Bleached Coral

Bleached Coral

A coral at Dongsha Atoll in the South China Sea shows the effects of “bleaching.” The phenomenon occurs when ocean temperatures…

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Snap Chatter

Snap Chatter

Snapping shrimp usually look something like tiny lobsters, with one front claw much larger than the other. They use their…

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Merry Christmas 2017

Merry Christmas 2017

Christmas tree worms, named for their resemblance to decorated holiday trees, are tiny, segmented worms that grow slowly and live…

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DISCO Diver

DISCO Diver

WHOI chemist Colleen Hansel swims over a reef off the southern coast of Cuba with DISCO (diver-operated underwater analyzer of…

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Travel Mug of Microbes

Travel Mug of Microbes

MIT-WHOI graduate student Laura Weber uses a Niskin water sampling bottle to collect seawater samples from the Jardines de la Reina (Gardens…

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In the Gardens of the Queen

In the Gardens of the Queen

An unprecedented research cruise investigated one of the most beautiful and unexplored coral reefs in the Caribbean and fostered collaboration between U.S. and Cuban scientists.

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Happy Hallow-Marine

Happy Hallow-Marine

A pair of anemonefish (Amphiprion bicinctus) take shelter in a pumpkin-shaped sea anemone on a coral reef in the Red…

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Coral Investigators

Coral Investigators

Researchers Paul Henderson (left) and Luis Vasquez-Bedoya collect coral samples from a large reef in the waters off Mexico’s Yucatan…

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Homing in on Home

Homing in on Home

Justin Suca dives to the seafloor to install an audio recorder off the coast of the island of St. John in…

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Coral Chemistry

Coral Chemistry

MIT-WHOI Joint Program student Chawalit “Net” Charoenpong teaches WHOI Summer Student Fellow Brooke Rasina to measure the amount of nitrogen…

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How Do Fish Find Their Way?

How Do Fish Find Their Way?

An MIT-WHOI Joint Program graduate student is exploring how tiny larvae hatched in the open ocean find their way to coral reefs where they settle down and live.

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Summer School

Summer School

WHOI Summer Student Fellow Shavonna Bent siphons a mucus sample from a live coral under the watchful eye of WHOI…

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Reservation Required?

Reservation Required?

Restoff Island in Kimbe Bay, Papua New Guinea, is a biodiversity hotspot that is home to hundreds of coral reef…

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Settling Behavior

Settling Behavior

Marine reserves promote coral reef sustainability by preventing overfishing and increasing fish abundance and diversity. But to be effective, they…

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Reef rhythms

Nat Geo Voices

article by WHOI guest student Jessica Perelman

Deep Garden

Deep Garden

The research vessel Atlantis and human-occupied submersible Alvin were in the far north in July 2002 on a cruise supported by the National…

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Stressful Times

Stressful Times

When water temperatures get too warm, corals expel their algal symbionts, a process known as coral bleaching. Without symbionts to…

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A Symbiotic Superorganism

A Symbiotic Superorganism

WHOI microbiologist Amy Apprill says there’s more to coral reefs than just corals and fish. Reefs also teem with microscopic…

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