2014 News Releases

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JULY 15, 2014

Dispersant from Deepwater Horizon Spill Found to Persist in the Environment

A new study has found that the dispersant compound DOSS, which decreases the size of oil droplets and hampers the formation of large oil slicks, remains associated with oil and can persist in the environment for up to four years.

JULY 3, 2014

"Science Made Public" Lecture Series Celebrates Alvin's 50th Year

This summer, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s “Science Made Public” series celebrates the deep-diving submersible Alvin’s 50 years in operation.—

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JULY 2, 2014

James Bellingham Appointed Director of WHOI Center for Marine Robotics

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution has appointed James Bellingham as the first director of its Center for Marine Robotics.—

JULY 1, 2014

Tags Reveal Chilean Devil Rays Are Among Ocean's Deepest Divers

Thought to dwell mostly near the ocean's surface, Chilean devil rays (Mobula tarapacana) are most often seen gliding through shallow, warm waters. But a new study by scientists at WHOI and international colleagues reveals that these large and majestic creatures are actually among the deepest-diving ocean animals.

Emperor Penguins and Climate Change

JUNE 29, 2014

Study Finds Emperor Penguin in Peril

An international team of scientists studying Emperor penguin populations across Antarctica finds the iconic animals in danger of dramatic declines by the end of the century due to climate change.—

JUNE 22, 2014

Understanding the Ocean's Role in Greenland Glacier Melt

Research by scientists at WHOI and the Univ. of Oregon sheds new light onto the connection between the ocean and Greenland’s outlet glaciers, and provides important data for future estimates of how fast the ice sheet will melt and how much mass will be lost.—

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JUNE 12, 2014

Climate Change Winners and Losers

A group of scientists have traced the genetics of modern penguin populations back to their early ancestors from the last Ice Age to better understand how three Antarctic penguin species – gentoo, Adélie, and chinstrap penguins – fared in response to past climate change.—

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JUNE 5, 2014

How Do Phytoplankton Survive Scarcity of a Critical Nutrient?

Like all other life forms, phytoplankton require the element phosphorus to carry out critical cellular activity, but in some parts of the world’s ocean, phosphorus is in limited supply.—

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JUNE 5, 2014

Iconic Research Submersible Alvin Turns 50

Alvin, the iconic research submersible owned by the U.S. Navy and operated by WHOI, turns 50 this year. Christened on June 5, 1964, the sub has been a workhorse for U.S. scientists, safely taking approximately 2,600 researchers on nearly 4,900 dives, and enabling countless scientific discoveries.

 

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MAY 21, 2014

WHOI Scientist Collaborates with Falmouth High School Art Students

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) biologist Dr. Rebecca Gast and Falmouth (Mass.) High School art teacher Jane Baker have teamed up to bring the excitement of polar research to Falmouth art students. 

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