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Jim Ledwell Selected as a Fellow of The Oceanography Society

Jim Ledwell, Emeritus Research Scholar at the Wood Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), has been named a 2017 Fellow of The Oceanography Society (TOS). The society noted his many achievements, in particular his “seminal contributions to the understanding of oceanic mixing,” as the reason for his selection.

Study Identifies Whale Blow Microbiome

A new study by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and colleagues identified for the first time an extensive conserved group of bacteria within healthy humpback whales' blow—the moist breath that whales spray out of their blowholes when they exhale.

Fueling the Future

In the future, our homes and vehicles could be powered by fuel made from seaweed grown at large-scale offshore farms. Researchers at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) are working to help make that scenario a reality sooner with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E).

Scientists Find New Source of Radioactivity from Fukushima Disaster

Scientists have found a previously unsuspected place where radioactive material from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant disaster has accumulated—in sands and brackish groundwater beneath beaches up to 60 miles away. The sands took up and retained radioactive cesium originating from the disaster in 2011 and have been slowly releasing it back to the ocean.

Awards and Recognition

MARE and its staff are nationally recognized for their efforts in increasing ocean sciences education!

Read more about the following awards:

Catherine Halversen, 2009 National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) President's Award

Catherine Halversen, 2007 QuickScience Ocean Science Leadership Award for Informal Teaching Excellence from the University of Southern California-Quicksilver QuickScience Partnership 

Craig Strang, 2005 National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) Educator of the Year Award

Communicating Science, 2005 University of California, Berkeley Educational Initiatives Award