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Ocean Encounters: Ocean Pollution

March 2, 2022

In case you missed it… From plastic to oil spills, experts discuss ways to control ocean pollution in our last Ocean Encounters

The power of the ocean

December 23, 2021

An op-ed in the national news outlet The Hill by WHOI senior scientist Ken Buesseler reinforces the power and importance of the ocean in carbon dioxide removal strategies

Rapid microbial methanogenesis during CO2 storage in hydrocarbon reservoirs

December 22, 2021

Calling all scientists!

December 8, 2021

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

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

Wave Glider provides gateway to remote exploration

November 10, 2020

WHOI geochemist Chris German pairs an autonomous surface vehicle (ASV) called a Wave Glider with other vehicles to expand research here and on other Ocean Worlds

Sea Dust

Mining ancient dust from the ocean’s loneliest spot

September 24, 2020

Researchers investigate dust from the ocean’s farthest point from land to reconstruct the climactic history of the Southern Hemisphere, and understand how micronutrients have influenced biological productivity in this oceanic desert.

Working from Home: Mallory Ringham

July 2, 2020

WHOI-MIT joint program student outfits her basement to do vital work on a marine carbon sensor

oil spill

A dangerous leak of diesel fuel in the Arctic

June 18, 2020
plastics by the numbers

The many lifetimes of plastics

June 15, 2020

Infographics strive to give us a sense of how long plastic goods will last in the environment. But is this information reliable? The findings of a new study from WHOI may surprise you.

News Releases

Climate change could lead to a dramatic temperature-linked decrease in essential omega-3 fatty acids

June 23, 2022

The effects of global climate change already are resulting in the loss of sea ice, accelerated sea level rise, and longer and more intense heat waves, among other threats. Now, the first-ever survey of planktonic lipids in the global ocean…

WHOI joins world leaders at UN Ocean Conference: June 27 – July 1, Lisbon, Portugal

June 22, 2022

Thousands of participants from around the world will converge in Lisbon beginning June 27 as part of the 2022 United Nations Ocean Conference. Among them will be representatives from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), the world’s largest independent organization dedicated…

Colleen Hansel

WHOI scientist elected as Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology

March 7, 2022

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution scientist elected as Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology Woods Hole, MA – Colleen Hansel, senior scientist in the Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry Department at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), has been elected as a…

Dissolving oil in a sunlit sea

February 16, 2022

A team of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) researchers discovered that nearly 10 percent of the oil floating on the Gulf after the Deepwater Horizon disaster was dissolved into seawater by sunlight – a process called “photo-dissolution”. The findings were…

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…

WHOI’s Ken Buesseler named Geochemistry Fellow

February 15, 2022

Dr. Ken Buesseler has been selected as a Geochemistry Fellow by the Geochemical Society and the European Association of Geochemistry.

Ben Van Mooy awarded by Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography

February 10, 2022

WHOI senior scientist and Dept. Chair honored for phosphorus and lipid cycling research

Study finds bio-based cellulose acetate plastic used in consumer goods disintegrates in ocean much faster than assumed

December 8, 2021

Woods Hole, MA – Cellulose diacetate (CDA), a bio-based plastic widely used in consumer goods, disintegrates, and degrades in the ocean far quicker than previously assumed, according to a new study published in Environmental Science & Technology Letters. “These findings…

Study outlines challenges to ongoing clean-up of burnt and unburnt nurdles along Sri Lanka’s coastline

November 29, 2021

When a fire broke out on the deck of the M/V XPress Pearl cargo ship on May 20, 2021, an estimated 70-75 billion pellets of preproduction plastic material, known as nurdles, spilled into the ocean and along the Sri Lankan…

“Mantle wind” blows through slab window beneath Panama

November 19, 2021

Woods Hole, MA – Volcanic gases are helping researchers track large-scale movements in Earth’s deep interior. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) scientists, together with a group of international collaborators, have discovered anomalous geochemical compositions beneath Panama. This interdisciplinary team used…

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.

A man with glasses and blonde hair holds a rectangular black box. His reflection can be seen opposite his face.

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.

rose garden

A bed of roses in the ocean

March 22, 2022

Flower-shaped corals blossoming off the island of Tahiti offer hope for reefs

WHOI scientists discuss the chemistry behind Sri Lanka’s flaming plastic spill

March 3, 2022

Eight months after the M/V X-Press Pearl disaster in Sri Lanka, WHOI investigators talk about their research on the unique chemistry of the spilled plastic nurdles

Sophie Hines

Coral time machines

January 26, 2022

Sophie Hines discusses the paleo-research power of fossil corals

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 coral reef kickstart

November 23, 2021

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

Sea Dust

Secrets in the dust

July 15, 2021

Scientists mine ancient dust from the ocean’s loneliest spot

The ocean has heartburn. Is relief on the way?

July 1, 2021

Researchers investigate the use of alkalinity enhancement to quell ocean acidification and help maintain the sea’s role as a carbon sink

RoCS Photo

Science RoCS Initiative responds to need for increased ocean monitoring

June 10, 2021

Commercial ships are helping oceanographers deploy robotic Argo floats to keep an eye on hard-to-reach parts of the ocean