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The Hole Story

The Hole Story

WHOI senior research assistant Justin Ossolinski collects gear after helping core a Porites lobata coral colony off Danger Island in…

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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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