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Too Big for its Stomach?

Too Big for its Stomach?

Liz Drenkard, a student in the MIT-WHOI Joint Program, studies how nutrition affects corals’ responses to ocean acidification. Here, she…

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Are They What They Eat?

Are They What They Eat?

A three-week-old coral polyp (left), and its delicate skeleton (right) help MIT-WHOI Joint Program student Liz Drenkard study the way…

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Follow the Leader

Follow the Leader

Before a 2009 research expedition that departed from Grand Cayman Island, MIT-WHOI Joint Program student Jill McDermott spent a day…

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Exploring Acidification

Exploring Acidification

Liz Drenkard, an MIT-WHOI Joint Program student assists participants of the Cambridge Science Festival in an activity that illustrates how…

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Decoding the Mystery Fish

Decoding the Mystery Fish

Few marine animals capture biologists’ imaginations more than the mysterious, almost mythical coelacanth, a 5-foot-long fish that was thought to…

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Eyes on Coral

Eyes on Coral

MIT-WHOI Joint Program student Elizabeth Drenkard examines skeletons grown by 3-week old corals in a culture experiment conducted at the…

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Chemical Reactions

Chemical Reactions

Coastal ocean acidification occurs when excess carbon dioxide (CO2) is absorbed by, flushed into or generated in coastal waters, setting…

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Coral Integrity

Coral Integrity

MIT-WHOI Joint Program student Thomas DeCarlo removes a sub-sample of seawater for analysis during a calcium carbonate precipitation experiment in…

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Art Meets Acidification

Art Meets Acidification

MIT-WHOI Joint Program student Sophie Chu studies changes in the ocean caused by ocean acidification, which strips seawater of the…

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Coral Archives

Coral Archives

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

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Crystal Clear

Crystal Clear

MIT-WHOI Joint Program student Tom DeCarlo holds a vial containing aragonite, a crystal form of calcium carbonate, the mineral that…

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A Sea Far, Far Away

A Sea Far, Far Away

MIT-WHOI Joint Program graduate students Alice Alpert (left) and Liz Drenkard (center), and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service representative Kelsie…

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Live From Indonesia

Live From Indonesia

A computer monitor in the lab of deep-sea biologist Tim Shank displays images and live video from the INDEX 2010…

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Coral Reconnaissance

Coral Reconnaissance

Paul Henderson, a researcher in WHOI’s Coastal Groundwater Geochemistry Lab, snorkels near the Yucatan Peninsula to look for large corals…

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Star on Ice

Star on Ice

A brittle star clings to a thin stalk of coral amid chunks of ice on the Indonesian research vessel Beruna…

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Reef Indicator

Reef Indicator

The blackbacked butterflyfish (Chaetodon melannotus) often feeds on soft corals. During a trip to the Farasan Banks in the Saudi…

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