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A Most Ingenious Paradoxical Plankton

A Most Ingenious Paradoxical Plankton

November 25, 2008

Everybody has a unique place in the world, a job to do, a niche to fill. When you are a…

Shellfish's Mysterious Pathways to Adulthood

Shellfish’s Mysterious Pathways to Adulthood

November 19, 2008

With a cool ocean breeze under a cloudless sky, children weave small sailboats through the channel. Larger boats scurry out…

A Tag Fit for a Porpoise

A Tag Fit for a Porpoise

November 13, 2008

In 2003, Stacy DeRuiter arrived as a graduate student at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), where a new device developed…

How Does Nature Deal with Persistent Pollutants?

How Does Nature Deal with Persistent Pollutants?

October 22, 2008

Why would I choose to spend my years in graduate school up to my elbows in foul-smelling whale blubber? To…

One Man's Swamp Is a Fish's Nursery

One Man’s Swamp Is a Fish’s Nursery

October 15, 2008

A parade of schoolmaster snapper swims by me, their neon yellow fins directing traffic. Echoing in the background is the…

Corralling the Wild and Wooly Southern Ocean

Corralling the Wild and Wooly Southern Ocean

September 11, 2008

Matt Mazloff fishes out a postcard. It’s a simulated aerial view of the bottom of the world, with Antarctica in…

Testing the Waters and Closing Beaches

Testing the Waters and Closing Beaches

September 3, 2008

On a warm, tranquil evening this summer, Falmouth resident Annette Hynes took a friend down to Wood Neck Beach. It…

Biochemical Warfare on the Reef

Biochemical Warfare on the Reef

August 26, 2008

Just beneath the tranquil, clear waters of the tropical Caribbean, unseen by all but a few keen-eyed divers, two foes…

For Graduate Student, Research Is a Gas

For Graduate Student, Research Is a Gas

July 24, 2008

When you spend 40 days on a ship in the South Atlantic, enduring equipment failures, icebergs, and the occasional surly…

Antarctic Andrea

Antarctic Andrea

July 1, 2008

The sound of boots crunching on brick-red gravel filled the thin Antarctic air. Three scientists—geologists from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution…