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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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Finding New Homes Won’t Help Emperor Penguins Cope with Climate Change

Finding New Homes Won't Help Emperor Penguins Cope with Climate Change

Unlike other species that migrate successfully to escape the wrath of climate change, a new study shows that dispersal may help sustain global Emperor penguin populations for a limited time, but, as sea ice conditions continue to deteriorate, the 54 colonies that exist today will face devastating declines by the end of this century.

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PlankZooka & SUPR-REMUS

PlankZooka & SUPR-REMUS

Much of marine life begins as microscopic larvae—so tiny, delicate, and scattered in hard-to-reach parts of ocean that scientists have…

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More Frequent Extreme Ocean Warming Could Further Endanger Albatross

More Frequent Extreme Ocean Warming Could Further Endanger Albatross

As scientists grapple with the behavioral, ecological and evolutionary impacts of extreme climatic events, the journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B created a special June issue to explore what is known on the topic and pioneer new approaches to this challenging and rapidly expanding field of study. The issue, which was published online May 8, 2017, was co-edited by Wood Hole Oceanographic institution (WHOI) biologist Stephanie Jenouvrier.

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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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The Amazing Acquired Phototroph!

The Amazing Acquired Phototroph!

There are autotrophs, such as plants, that can make their own food. There are heterotrophs, such as animals, that consume other organisms. And then there are curious organisms called mixotrophs, which can do both, switching how they get food depending on the conditions in their environment.

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