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Profiles & Interviews

Meet the Alvin 6500 Team: Lisa Smith

October 21, 2021

Alvin Certification Coordinator Lisa Smith on working with Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) to get HOV Alvin cleared for diving.

Jaida Elcock: diversity is essential–in the marine ecosystem and in science

October 20, 2021

MIT-WHOI Joint Program student Jaida Elcock always knew she was going to work with sharks. Oceanus caught up with her to find out more about why sharks—and representation—matter.

Rose Wall

Meet the Alvin 6500 Team: Rose Wall

May 5, 2021

Alvin Engineer Rose Wall on joining the Alvin Group during an overhaul and the pandemic.

The teacher who never misses the chance to Dive & Discover

April 19, 2021

Carolyn Sheild’s 7th grade life sciences class has taken part in all 16 Dive & Discover expeditions since 2000, and they’re looking forward to the upcoming mission to the ocean twilight zone from May 3 to 21.

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.