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Profiles & Interviews

Engineer and Alvin Pilot Drew Bewley working in the Alvin Birdcage

Meet the Alvin 6500 Team: Drew Bewley

March 31, 2021

Alvin engineer and pilot Drew Bewley on what best prepared him to work on a one-of-a-kind submersible and the overhaul that will take Alvin to 6500 meters.

Harriet Harden-Davies is on the frontlines of ocean policy

March 25, 2021

Harriet Harden-Davies has spent more than 10 years working in the marine policy arena and is now aiding in major U.N. negotiations on laws governing the high seas

Slowdown of powerful current system could negatively impact climate patterns, study says

March 23, 2021
Danik Forsman testing Alvin’s new variable ballast pump.

Meet the Alvin 6500 Team: Danik Forsman

January 21, 2021

Interview with Danik Forsman, Alvin Pilot and mechanical section leader on rebuilding Alvin for 6,500-meters and mentorships that helped him become a pilot.

Scientists gain renewed vigor to help answer the challenges facing our ocean planet

December 30, 2020

WHOI President and Director Peter de Menocal speaks with GBH All Things Considered Host Arun Rath about marine research’s important role in our planet’s future

Lane Abrams

Meet the Alvin 6500 Team: Lane Abrams

December 22, 2020

Lane Abrams talks about designing electronics for the bottom of the ocean and project management of Alvin’s electrical updates for the 6500 meter overhaul.

Francis Elder testing new variable ballast pump for Alvin

Meet the Alvin 6500 Team: Francis Elder

December 16, 2020

An interview with Francis Elder, lead mechanical engineer for the Alvin Group. Find out how the team has designed a new pump to take Alvin to 6,500 meters.

Five feet above a rising ocean

December 7, 2020

As the seas rise in Woods Hole, one of the institution’s chief stewards recalls past storms to plan for the future

The Battle Below – Full Measure

November 23, 2020

Rare Earth minerals are the building blocks that makeup our phones, computers, and military technology. With the precious metals increasingly scarce on land, a race has broken out to mine them at the seafloor


Meet the Twilight Zone team: Andone Lavery

November 16, 2020

In this interview, meet OTZ acoustic expert Andone Lavery and learn how listening to the mid-ocean helps her find out who lives there