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Profiles & Interviews

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

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Spotlight: Meet ocean radiochemist Ken Buesseler

November 16, 2020

In this interview, meet OTZ radiochemist Ken Buesseler, and learn what tiny radioactive particles could teach us about the ocean twilight zone.

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

Peter de Menocal

Who is Peter de Menocal? A Conversation with WHOI’s new President & Director

October 29, 2020

On October 1st, Dr. Peter de Menocal assumed the role of President & Director of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the 11th person to hold that title since the Institution was founded in 1930. In a wide-ranging conversation, we meet the man and the scientist—and get a glimpse of what WHOI’s future may hold under his leadership.

Microplastics in the ocean

Microplastics research gets critical private funding

October 26, 2020

With the backing of a handful of family foundations, WHOI is launching a Marine Microplastics Innovation Accelerator to help answer some of the most pressing—and foundational—questions about marine microplastics and their impacts