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United States Contributions to Global Ocean Plastic Waste

October 25, 2020

MPC Research Specialist, Hauke Kite-Powell, has recently been appointed to a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine committee to study U.S. contributions to global ocean plastic waste.

The Lungs of the Earth: Shifting a Metaphor from Superstition to Science

October 13, 2020

In a new article in the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, Aria Ritz Finkelstein and Oceanographer Emeritus Porter Hoagland address the discourse surrounding ocean deoxygenation. They argue that, while describing deoxygenation with sloppy policy metaphors can hinder effective marine governance,...

The $500 Billion Question: What’s the Value of Studying the Ocean’s Biological Carbon Pump?

September 15, 2020

A new paper published in the journal Science of the Total Environment from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) puts an economic value on the benefit of research to improve knowledge of the biological carbon pump and reduce the uncertainty of ocean carbon sequestration...

Marine Labs on the Water’s Edge Are Threatened by Climate Change

January 17, 2020

At the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts, Robert S.C. Munier, the vice president for marine facilities and operations, said that the facility was feeling the effects of climate change already in a battering of the existing dock.

The Ocean’s Eerie Twilight Zone is in Murky Legal Water

September 5, 2019

“The most striking thing is just how far down it is and how the light dissolves away,” says Joel Llopiz, a biologist with Woods Hole Oceanographic.

The Lawless High Seas May Soon Gain Protections Under a Groundbreaking Ocean Treaty

August 20, 2019

The high seas are legally defined as waters that don’t fall under any single nation’s exclusive economic zone. That means they technically belong to everyone. It also means they’re hard to protect against activities like fishing or mining because they’re...

Saving the critically endangered North Atlantic right whales

May 29, 2019

News & Insights

Uncharted Water

Uncharted waters

July 16, 2020

Uncharted Waters: Our global ocean will change dramatically over the next few decades. What might it look like, and how will humans adapt? By David Levin Illustration by Natalie Renier, WHOI Creative, © Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Peering out over the...

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WHOI joins effort to accelerate marine life protection technology

April 22, 2020

By Elise Hugus | April 22, 2020 Critically endangered North Atlantic right whales swim in the waters off Massachusetts in February 2019. WHOI biologist Michael Moore uses drone technology to identify, track, and even take samples from the whales’ exhaled...

Aria Finkelstein crafts policy to help legislators manage the twilight zone

April 15, 2020

By Daniel Hentz | April 21, 2020 Aria Finkelstein’s experiences at sea, here gliding amid a fjords of Southern Alaska on her family ketch, informed her desire to craft marine policy. (Photo courtesy of Aria Finkelstein) Aria Ritz Finkelstein is...

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Ocean acidification gets a watchful eye in New England aquaculture ‘hot spot’

December 5, 2019

By Evan Lubofsky | December 3, 2019 Coastal ocean acidification sets off a chain of chemical reactions that lowers the ocean’s pH, making it more acidic. Acidification can affect many marine organisms, especially those that build their shells from calcium...

Hauke Kite-Powell

Public Talk: Shellfish Aquaculture–Food and Economic Development in East Africa

August 1, 2019

Hauke Kite-Powell, Marine Policy Center, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution  To feed a growing population, the world needs more healthy protein from the sea. Nowhere is this more evident than in coastal communities of East Africa. Shellfish farming is an ecologically...

News Releases

WHOI receives NOAA awards to study, predict harmful algal blooms

October 6, 2020

Projects will help enhance monitoring and determine socioeconomic impacts of blooms nationwide Researchers at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) were recently named in a list of 17 new research projects funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to...

The $500 billion question: what’s the value of studying the ocean’s biological carbon pump?

September 10, 2020

The ocean plays an invaluable role in capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere, taking in somewhere between five to 12 gigatons (billion tons) annually. Due to limited research, scientists aren’t sure exactly how much carbon is captured and stored—or...

WHOI Scientists Make Woods Hole Film Festival Appearance

July 17, 2020

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) scientists appear in two shorts and a feature film at this year’s Woods Hole Film Festival (WHFF). In addition, scientists will also participate in Q&A sessions connected to three of the festival’s feature-length, ocean-themed entries....

Report reveals ‘unseen’ human benefits from ocean twilight zone

January 22, 2020

Exclusive report Value Beyond View: Illuminating the human benefits of the ocean twilight zone Download now – it’s free! Did you know that there’s a natural carbon sink—even bigger than the Amazon rainforest—that helps regulate Earth’s climate by sucking up...

Bay State Aquaculture Projects Get Green Light from National Sea Grant Program

Bay State Aquaculture Projects Get Green Light from National Sea Grant Program

October 31, 2017

Two new grants to the Woods Hole Sea Grant program totaling more than $650,000 will support research aimed at expanding aquaculture production in Massachusetts. The projects won funding as part of a national strategic investment in aquaculture by the NOAA...

Oceanus Magazine

Forecasting the Future of Fish

Forecasting the Future of Fish

October 29, 2015
Recovering After a Hurricane

Recovering After a Hurricane

October 1, 2014

Maya Becker’s research as a Summer Student Fellow at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) gave her the confidence to change her entire academic path. When she arrived at WHOI in June, she had just completed her junior year at Columbia...

A Summer of Science by the Sea, 2014 (Part II)

A Summer of Science by the Sea, 2014 (Part II)

October 1, 2014

It’s a science major’s dream job: live on Cape Cod for the summer and do ocean research with top-notch scientists as a Summer Student Fellow at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). This year, as in every summer since 1959, undergraduates...

A Summer of Science by the Sea, 2014 (Part I)

A Summer of Science by the Sea, 2014 (Part I)

September 18, 2014

It’s a science major’s dream job: live on Cape Cod for the summer and do ocean research with top-notch scientists as a Summer Student Fellow at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). This year, as in every summer since 1959, undergraduates...

The Socioeconomic Costs of Ocean Acidification

The Socioeconomic Costs of Ocean Acidification

January 8, 2010

The increasing acidification of the oceans is measured in pH units, but its impacts on people will be measured in dollar signs, says Sarah Cooley. Commercial and recreational fishing, tourism, the protection of shorelines by coral reefs—all could be harmed...

Tara Hetz

Tara Hetz

November 13, 2009

Tara Hetz has gotten to see a different side of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) from her Summer Student Fellow (SSF) peers this summer as the sole fellow at the Marine Policy Center. With WHOI research specialist Hauke Kite-Powell, she...

Farming Shellfish in Zanzibar

Farming Shellfish in Zanzibar

July 31, 2009
To Fertilize, or Not to Fertilize

To Fertilize, or Not to Fertilize

February 6, 2008

Global warming is “unequivocal,” the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reported in November 2007. Human actions—particularly the burning of fossil fuels—have dramatically raised carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, leading our planet toward “abrupt or irreversible...

Proposals Emerge to Transfer Excess Carbon into the Ocean

Proposals Emerge to Transfer Excess Carbon into the Ocean

January 11, 2008

It’s sort of the planetary equivalent of moving clutter accumulating in the attic to other storage space in the basement: transferring excess heat-trapping carbon dioxide from Earth’s atmosphere into the deep ocean. A combination of forces—including rising public awareness and...

Dumping Iron and Trading Carbon

Dumping Iron and Trading Carbon

January 10, 2008

Debating the idea of fertilizing the ocean with iron can feel a little like riding a seesaw. On the up side is iron’s eye-catching potential to set off enormous plankton blooms, triggering large reductions in atmospheric carbon dioxide. But further...