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WHOI News

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.

Grants and Projects

MARE/COSEE California has received several new grants to promote Ocean Literacy and to reach even broader audiences!

Youth Experiencing the Ocean, $26,605, 2010-2011 from the California Coastal Commission Whale Tail Grant

Communicating Ocean Sciences to Informal Audiences Network (COSIA Network), $2.8 million, 2009-2013 from National Science Foundation Informal Science Education (ISE)

Museum Educators Reflecting On Practice, $313,843, 2009-2011 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)

Ocean Sciences Curriculum Sequence for Grades 6-8, $748,811, 2010-2013 from National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, Office of Education, Environmental Literacy Grants Program

¡Youth and the Ocean!, $100,000, 2010-2011 from National Science Foundation, Geosciences Directorate

Pacific Ocean Literacy for Youth, Publics, Professionals and Scientists (Polypps), $150,000, 2008-2011 from the National Science Foundation Geosciences Directorate Ocean Sciences Division for a “New Collaboration with an Existing Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence