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The Bacteria on Your Beaches

The Bacteria on Your Beaches

May 7, 2018

The widespread use of antibiotics is increasing the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria—perhaps into the ocean, too.

How Is the Seafloor Made?

How Is the Seafloor Made?

March 21, 2018

An ultrasound for the Earth? Using sound waves, a graduate student peers into the crystalline texture of the tectonic plates that cover our planet’s surface.

Unearthing Long-Gone Hurricanes

Unearthing Long-Gone Hurricanes

March 16, 2018

A graduate student at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution tracks a trail of clues left behind on the seafloor by hurricanes as they stream across the ocean.

A Double Whammy for Corals

A Double Whammy for Corals

January 22, 2018

Scientists know that gradually rising ocean temperatures can push corals past a threshold and cause them to bleach. But combine…

How Do Fish Find Their Way?

How Do Fish Find Their Way?

September 6, 2017

An MIT-WHOI Joint Program graduate student is exploring how tiny larvae hatched in the open ocean find their way to coral reefs where they settle down and live.

Pop Goes the Seafloor Rock

Pop Goes the Seafloor Rock

June 20, 2017

WHOI scientists used the human-occupied submersible Alvin and the autonomous underwater vehicle Sentry to explore a surprising discovery: gas-filled volcanic rocks on the seafloor that “pop” when brought up to the surface.

The Amazing Acquired Phototroph!

The Amazing Acquired Phototroph!

April 20, 2017

There are autotrophs, such as plants, that can make their own food. There are heterotrophs, such as animals, that consume other organisms. And then there are curious organisms called mixotrophs, which can do both, switching how they get food depending on the conditions in their environment.

How Do Larvae Find a Place to Settle Down?

How Do Larvae Find a Place to Settle Down?

February 20, 2017

It’s still a mystery: How do the tiny larvae of marine animals that hatch in the open ocean find their…

Shark Tales

Shark Tales

June 7, 2016

Sharks are some of the largest fish in the ocean, but their movements and behavior have remained largely hidden from people.

Not Just Another Lovely Summer Day on the Water

Not Just Another Lovely Summer Day on the Water

June 1, 2016

It looks like nice summer day on the water, but Alexis Fischer (right) and Alice Alpert, graduate students in the…