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WHOI nominated for Regional Emmy Award

April 27, 2022

“Collaborating to Save the Right Whale” features Michael Moore, production by Craig LaPlante, Jayne Doucette & Natalie Renier

Scientists record ocean sounds to spot new species

March 17, 2022

As the ocean warms, scientists aim to catalog underwater soundscapes before ecosystems change

Ocean Twilight Zone Spotlight: Heidi Sosik

March 8, 2022

In this interview, OTZ researcher Heidi Sosik explains how her work with marine plankton is helping to answer big questions about the ocean twilight zone

Understanding the threat of harmful algal blooms

January 12, 2022

Calling all scientists!

December 8, 2021

We’re hiring up to 10 scientific, tenure-track staff to join the WHOI community

Book reading event: “We Are All Whalers”

November 24, 2021

Join us tonight for a special event with author Michael Moore, Nov. 30, 2021 7:00 p.m. ET

A virtual exhibit

October 19, 2021

Get your free ticket and join guest speaker, MIT researcher Aditi Wagh PhD tonight for a discussion about the importance of art in communicating science to youths, Oct. 21, 2021 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. EDT

Critically Endangered North Atlantic Right Whales Getting Smaller, New Research Finds

June 10, 2021

A report out this week in Current Biology reveal that critically endangered North Atlantic right whales are up to three feet shorter than 40 years ago. This startling conclusion reinforces what scientists have suspected: even when entanglements do not lead…

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Rare Drone video shows critically endangered North Atlantic right whales

May 10, 2021

May 10, 2021   During a joint research trip on February 28 in Cape Cod Bay, Mass., WHOI whale trauma specialist Michael Moore, National Geographic photographer Brian Skerry, and scientists from New England Aquarium, witnessed a remarkable biological event: North…

A checkup for the oceans reveals threats to human health

December 7, 2020

The health of the world’s ocean is in serious decline—and human health is suffering as a result. A comprehensive report from the Monaco Commission and co-authored by several WHOI researchers investigates the impacts of ocean pollution and recommends actions to…

News Releases

Innovative, new “road map” for kelp crop improvement

June 24, 2022

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), the University of Connecticut, and Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences have executed a license agreement for a kelp germplasm, or collection of microscopic cells called gametophytes, containing more than 1,200 samples all developed and isolated…

WHOI campaign sheds light on new strategies and solutions for the coral reef crisis

May 26, 2022

In advance of World Ocean Day on June 8, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) is launching its Give Reefs a Chance campaign, aimed at raising awareness of what WHOI scientists and engineers are doing to tackle the corals crisis, the…

WHOI scientists receive 2022 Simons Early Career Investigator Awards

May 12, 2022

Two Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution scientists have received prestigious Simons Early Career Investigator in Marine Microbial Ecology and Evolution Awards. Maria Pachiadaki and Harriet Alexander are both assistant scientists at WHOI, focusing on different aspects of microbial ecology.

Smaller female North Atlantic right whales, fewer calves

May 12, 2022

The declining body size of North Atlantic right whales may have critical consequences for the future of the species. New research, co-authored by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s senior scientist Michael Moore, shows that smaller females produce fewer calves.

Fluid Flow Stimulates Chemosynthesis in a Greek Salad of Hydrothermal Microbes

April 22, 2022

A new study uses an innovative approach to examine the bay’s shallow-water hydrothermal system and the production of microbes there in situ and near natural conditions as a model to assess the importance of hydrothermal fluid circulation on chemosynthesis.

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and collaborators launch world’s largest kelp map

April 4, 2022

To further investigate and track kelp growth and survival over time, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, The Nature Conservancy, University of California Los Angeles, and the University of California Santa Barbara have launched the world’s largest map of kelp forest canopies…

WHOI collaborates with CMA CGM to increase protections for marine mammals

March 10, 2022

A collaboration between Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and the CMA CGM Group, a world leader in shipping and logistics, aims to increase whale detection efforts along the U.S East Coast, particularly for North Atlantic right whales, and reduce the…

Evidence Bolsters Classification of a Major Spawning Ground for Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Off the Northeast U.S.

March 3, 2022

The Slope Sea off the Northeast United States is a major spawning ground for Atlantic bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus), a new WHOI-led paper affirms. This finding likely has important implications for population dynamics and the survival of this fish.

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution-led study explores effects of noise on marine life

March 2, 2022

New research shows turtles can experience temporary hearing loss from an excess of underwater noise. This high volume of sound, referred to as underwater noise pollution, can be caused by passing ships and offshore construction. These preliminary findings were part…

OTZ's role in climate change

The ocean twilight zone’s role in climate change

February 16, 2022

A new report from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Ocean Twilight Zone (OTZ) project team offers a detailed look at the climate-altering processes that take place within the zone, in particular those that are driven by animals that migrate between…

Oceanus Magazine

Coral Reef

4 Potential Solutions for Corals in Crisis

June 16, 2022

Racing against the clock, WHOI researchers and colleagues are developing innovative solutions to rebuild reefs and improve coral resiliency–before it’s too late.

Surfer next to a shark

Partly cloudy with a chance of sharks

May 26, 2022

Researchers develop ‘heat map’ shark forecast system to improve beachgoer safety

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Can environmental DNA help us find lost US service members?

May 12, 2022

Ocean scientists explore how eDNA may be able to help find and identify lost military personnel in the ocean

On the crumbling edge

May 4, 2022

The race to ensure protection for the emperor penguin across the world

The hypoxic reef

April 14, 2022

Scientists say a lack of oxygen might be stressing tropical reefs even more than warming temperatures, acidification, and pollution. But the combination of these factors spells disaster for coral.

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OCIA: Accelerating the pace of ocean-climate research

March 23, 2022

The first five projects funded by the Ocean Climate Innovation Accelerator (OCIA) are set to advance research at the intersection of oceans and climate.

Ocean data gives Northeast fishermen an edge against a warming ocean

January 3, 2022

Fishermen successfully brace against warm water wave from Gulf Stream, thanking greater access to data from the WHOI Shelf Fleet Program

an ocean of opportunity

An ocean of opportunity

December 7, 2021

Ocean experts explore the potential risks and rewards of ocean-based solutions to climate change

A curious robot is poised to rapidly expand reef research

December 1, 2021

WHOI scientists with the Coral Catalyst Team are leveraging a new, artificially intelligent robot to automate coral reef health assessments

A coral reef kickstart

November 23, 2021

WHOI’s Reef Solutions Initiative takes a multi-disciplinary approach to investigate solutions for ailing coral reefs