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How to stop an invasion? Eat it. | Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute

In 2005, they were a rare sight, a novelty, something to get excited about. In 2010, they became an invasion. Today, there’s no end in sight. The lionfish is an invasive species originally from the Indo-Pacific that is making its mark on the Caribbean. They are beautifully […]

Riding the Dragon | Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute

Riding the Dragon | Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute

The Caribbean wasn’t supposed to be like this. This sea is known for being calm and pleasant, but that’s not how I feel during my first watch on our transit from St. John to Martinique. Sea Dragon crawls up what seem to be mountains of water […]

A Day in the Life | Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute

While a question like “What do you do?” would be easily answered by most, as a scientist it’s often difficult to put into words all the things that one might “do” during a regular day, let alone a day in the field. So we’ll take […]

Ready to Drill | Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute

Leaving behind the drizzle of a dank December morning in Woods Hole, tropical heat and humidity blasted our faces as we stepped off the plane in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. Team assembled, gear loaded on deck, fresh food stowed away; we are ready to […]

Objective – Science! | Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute

Objective – Science! | Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute

Picture a coral reef. A manta ray glides by, flapping its wings majestically. Vibrantly colored fish hiding in the crevices of branching coral. Small patches of green seaweed called macroalgae begin to grow. They start small but begin to cover entire coral colonies, gradually cutting off […]

From the Gyre to BVI | Sailing Expeditions

From the Gyre to BVI | Sailing Expeditions

I feel like people often write about all of their firsts when they travel, so I am going to write about some of my seconds. For instance, this is the second time I have left the country and so far it has been an absolutely […]

Research expedition conducted by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. By Alice Alpert

This article was previously published at MIT. PART II On one side of the island, the slope underwater is very steep. Coral cascades down the slope in scalloped shelves and small fish take shelter in the crevices below. Brightly colored corals and fish make a […]

Research expedition conducted by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. By Alice Albert

This article was previously published at MIT. PART I As the plane began its extremely steep descent to Christmas Island: 2N, 157W, middle of nowhere, I was reminded that the islands I was to visit for a research expedition are some of the most remote […]

Sea Dragon and Team from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution reached Jarvis Island

Sea Dragon and her WHOI team are now on station at Jarvis Island. This former military base is now part of the large US marine reserve in the region. Here is a quote from the US Fish and Wildlife website that gives a sense of […]

Pangaea Exploration Teams up with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Sea Dragon and her science team from WHOI are working back and forth on the equator taking water samples. Latitude 0 0.1’N / Longitude 157 45.8’W- about 580 feet north of the equator, just south of Christmas Island.