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  • Featured Stories, News, WHOI News | August 14, 2017

    WHOI Hosts Public Event Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Discovery of Deep-Sea Hot Springs

    Ballard will be the keynote speaker at a free public forum, hosted by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) as part of the Morss Colloquia series, recapitulating the discovery of hydrothermal vent life 40 years ago on the Galápagos Rift near Galápagos Islands in the Pacific Ocean. The event will be held 6 to 8 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017 in the Lillie Auditorium, 7 MBL Street, Woods Hole; it also includes a discussion afterward by a panel of scientists on current and future research on chemosynthetic life forms, which live on chemicals in the absence of sunlight—on Earth and possibly on other planetary bodies.
  • Featured Stories, News, WHOI News | August 10, 2017

    WHOI Scientist Selected 2017 Recipient of Walter Munk Award

    The Oceanography Society proudly announces that Dr. Andone C. Lavery has been selected as the 2017 recipient the Walter Munk Award in Recognition of Distinguished Research in Oceanography Related to Sound and the Sea.
  • Featured Stories, News, WHOI News | August 9, 2017

    New Technique Offers Clues to Measure Ocean Deoxygenation

    More than two percent of the ocean’s oxygen content has been depleted during the last half century, and marine “dead zones” continue to expand throughout the global ocean. This deoxygenation, triggered mainly by human activity, poses a serious threat to marine life and ecosystems.
  • Featured Stories, MIT, MIT EAPS, News, WHOI News | August 2, 2017

    Margaret Tivey to Become New Vice President and Dean of Academic Programs at WHOI

    Dr. Margaret K. (Meg) Tivey has been selected as the next Vice President and Dean for Academic Programs at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). Tivey will oversee all academic programs at WHOI, which include the MIT-WHOI Joint Program (JP) in Oceanography/Applied Ocean Science & Engineering for graduate students, postdoctoral and undergraduate programs, the graduate-level Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Program, and will serve as the WHOI point of contact for the Marine Biological Laboratory-Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Library.
  • News, WHOI News | August 1, 2017

    WHOI Ocean Science Exhibit Center Extends August Hours

    The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) Ocean Science Exhibit Center is extending its hours to include Sundays during the month of August.
  • MIT, MIT EAPS, News, WHOI | July 31, 2017

    From Computation to the Ocean, a Scientist Finds His Fit

    Science Magazine profiles MIT-WHOI Joint Program faculty member Mark Baumgartner.
  • News, WHOI News | July 31, 2017

    WHOI Announces 2017 Ocean Science Journalism Fellows

    Eight writers, radio, and multimedia science journalists from the U.S., Canada, England, and India have been selected to participate in the competitive Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) Ocean Science Journalism Fellowship program.
  • Featured Stories, News, WHOI News | July 26, 2017

    New Robot Speeds Sampling of Ocean’s Biogeochemistry and Health

    The world's first underwater vehicle designed specifically to collect both biological and chemical samples from the ocean water column successfully completed sea trials off the coast of New England on July 9, 2017. The new autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV), named Clio, will help scientists better understand the inner workings of the ocean.
  • News, WHOI News | July 25, 2017

    Exhibit at WHOI Ocean Science Exhibit Center Features Photographs by Daniel Casado

    Environmental photographer Daniel Casado's exhibit, "Infamia", displays haunting images of life and death in Chiloe, an island off the coast of Chile—from majestic blue whales to the devastating impacts on one of the world’s most vital ecosystems after thousands of tons of rotten salmon were discharged a few miles off shore.
  • News, WHOI News | July 25, 2017

    WHOI Researchers to Participate in Science and Film Panels at the Woods Hole Film Festival

    This summer, the Wood Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) is teaming up with the Woods Hole Film Festival (WHFF) for Q&A panel discussions that highlight scientific advances and expand creative storytelling about scientific subjects.
  • Featured Stories, News, WHOI News | July 20, 2017

    Re-envisioning Underwater Imaging

    The Advanced Imaging and Visualization Laboratory (AIVL) at WHOI working with Marine Imaging Technologies has developed a revolutionary new multi-function, underwater imaging system capable of generating ultra-high definition television (UHDTV) video, 2-D mosaic imaging, and 3-D optical models of seafloor objects and environments. The new state-of-the-art technology is currently being field-tested on several submerged shipwreck sites in both the U.S. and Europe.
  • News, WHOI News | June 30, 2017

    Six Right Whales Die In Canadian Waters In Less Than Three Weeks

    Unprecedented Mortality Event For One Of The World's Most Endangered Whale Species
  • Featured Stories, MIT, News, WHOI - Oceanus | June 20, 2017

    Pop Goes the Seafloor Rock

    MIT-WHOI Joint Program graduate student Meghan Jones studies seafloor lavas to reveal the inner workings of our planet. Using the human-occupied submersible Alvin and the autonomous underwater vehicle Sentry, WHOI researchers and Jones have been exploring a surprising discovery: gas-filled volcanic rocks on the seafloor that "pop" when brought up to the surface.
  • News, WHOI - Oceanus | June 19, 2017

    Girls Just Wanna Be Engineers

    As part of a research grant from the National Science Foundation, Anna Michael, Applied Physics and Ocean Engineering Department at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), created the GOES (Girls in Ocean Engineering and Science) Institute. The program, which began in 2016, brings in 12 girls who are about to enter the sixth grade and a science teacher for a week of activities.
  • News, WHOI - Oceanus | June 12, 2017

    The Hot Spot Below Yellowstone Park

    Researchers use deep-sea technology to explore volcanic lake
  • News, WHOI News | June 7, 2017

    WHOI Research Engineer Selected for NASA Astronaut Program

    Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) research engineer Loral O’Hara was introduced today at Johnson Space Flight Center as a member of NASA’s most recent class of astronauts. O’Hara was one of just 12 to be selected from an applicant pool of more than 18,300—the largest number NASA has ever received.
  • News, WHOI News | June 7, 2017

    Finding New Homes Won’t Help Emperor Penguins Cope with Climate Change

    Unlike other species that migrate successfully to escape the wrath of climate change, a new study shows that dispersal may help sustain global Emperor penguin populations for a limited time, but, as sea ice conditions continue to deteriorate, the 54 colonies that exist today will face devastating declines by the end of this century.
  • News, WHOI - Oceanus | June 5, 2017

    Back to Bikini

    Scientists study lingering radioactivity of 1946-1958 nuclear weapons tests
  • News, WHOI News | May 30, 2017

    More Frequent Extreme Ocean Warming Could Further Endanger Albatross

    WHOI biologist Stephanie Jenouvrier co-edited the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B special issue and co-authored a study featured, which examines how extreme ocean warming events further stress an already declining population of black-browed albatross in the French Southern and Antarctic Lands.
  • News, WHOI News | May 24, 2017

    Media Advisory: Research Vessel Neil Armstrong Participates in Fleet Week New York

    The research vessel Neil Armstrong, owned by the U.S. Navy and operated by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), will participate in Fleet Week New York, May 24-26, 2017. The ship is the only research vessel participating in the celebration.
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