Ocean Life


Sharing the Ocean

Sharing the Ocean

MIT-WHOI Joint Program graduate student Laura Weber swims past a Caribbean reef shark while working in the Jardines de la…

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Deep Presence

Deep Presence

WHOI biologist Tim Shank (center) and then-MIT-WHOI Joint Program student Santiago Herrera watch live seafloor video from the lab’s Exploration…

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A Telescope to Peer into the Vast Ocean

A Telescope to Peer into the Vast Ocean

There are more single-celled plankton in the ocean than stars in the universe. A new instrument is about to depart on a mission across the vast Pacific to capture images of what is out there.

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New Use for Well-known Algae

New Use for Well-known Algae

A curious chemical compound in certain marine algae has been a godsend for oceanographers, helping them reconstruct past ocean conditions. Now the same compounds also may be useful in a completely different way: to produce jet fuel.

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Growing Crystals

Growing Crystals

Tom DeCarlo conducts experiments in the laboratory of WHOI geologist Glenn Gaetani to precipitate aragonite, the mineral that corals use…

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Oh Christmas Tree

Oh Christmas Tree

During a trip to Exuma Keys in the Bahamas for her Ph.D., WHOI research associate Kristen Whalen snapped this photo…

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Bringing a Lab to the Seafloor

Bringing a Lab to the Seafloor

Scientists can’t really know if new oceanographic instruments will really work until they try them in actual conditions in the real ocean. In this case, the rubber hit the road at the bottom of the sea.

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Toxic Fish

Toxic Fish

Graduate student Katie Pitz collects specimens of coral rubble in an effort to combat a serious and prevalent food-borne illness…

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Nereid Under Ice Vehicle: A Powerful New Tool for Polar Science

Scientists studying the harsh and rapidly changing Arctic environment now have a valuable new tool to advance their work—an innovative robot, designed and built at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) that is changing the way scientists can interact with and observe the polar environment.

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New Museum Exhibit Explores Deep Ocean Environment

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) in collaboration with the Ocean Explorium in New Bedford, Mass., has created new digital content for museum-based spherical display systems that brings high-definition images and video of dynamic, deep ocean ecosystems to the public.

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Trouble in the Tropics

Trouble in the Tropics

An MIT-WHOI graduate student is on the trail of marine toxins that accumulate in fish and are eaten by people.

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Under the Hood

Under the Hood

Jason gets a checkup from assistant engineer Korey Verhein during one of the vehicle’s rare appearance in Woods Hole this…

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Listening In

Listening In

MIT-WHOI Joint Program graduate Max Kaplan positions a DMON acoustic recording device on Helen Reef, the southernmost island of Palau,…

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Reef Ray

Reef Ray

A manta ray glides over a coral reef on Jarvis Island in the Central Equatorial Pacific. A team including MIT-WHOI…

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Coral-Current Connections

Coral-Current Connections

Will climate change shift a key ocean current in the Pacific? A graduate student is looking for clues recorded in coral skeletons.

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Drill Here

Drill Here

MIT-WHOI Joint Program graduate student Hannah Barkley (right) points WHOI diver Pat Lohmann to a Porites coral for coring. The…

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David Gallo Selected for Explorers Club Lowell Thomas Award

David Gallo

The Explorers Club has chosen David Gallo, Director of Special Projects at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), as one of the recipients of this year’s Lowell Thomas Award. He is among six recipients who will be honored for their “imagination in exploration” at a dinner on October 11, 2014, at the Bowers Museum in Southern California.

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On the Trail of an Invader

On the Trail of an Invader

To find out when and how fast a small gray barnacle came to New England waters, WHOI researchers turn to forensic techniques.

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It’s Hard to Kill a Killifish

It's Hard to Kill a Killifish

Summer Student Fellow Lily Helfrich is using a new molecular tool, microRNA analysis, to explore why some killifish are able to thrive in waters heavily contaminated with PCBs.

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Scallops Under Stress

Scallops Under Stress

Like other marine species, scallops face multiple climate change-related problems. Summer Student Fellow Cailan Sugano studied how scallops respond to acidification and lack of food—and whether extra food can help them resist damage due to more acidic seawater.

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