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Vein of Iron in South Atlantic

New York Times
August 26, 2013

Huge iron-rich plume discovered beneath Atlantic Ocean

NBS News Science
August 20, 2013

Newly discovered ocean plume could be major source of iron

WHOI News Release
August 18, 2013

Online Expeditions

Genomic and Proteomic Science in Antarctica

November to December 2009
In collaboration with the J. Craig Venter Institute

CORSACS: Controls on Ross Sea Algal Community Structure

November 1 to December 16, 2006
A team of scientists from universities and research institutions from around the world explored the ecosystem of the Ross Sea near the continent of Antarctica.

Recent Research Highlights

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Proteomics Reveals Ocean's Inner Workings

September 4, 2014
In a new study, WHOI scientists have demonstrated how the emerging biomedical technique of measuring proteins—a field called proteomics—can be applied to the ocean to reveal the inner biochemical workings of microbial life and ocean ecosystems.
Source: Oceanus Magazine

person on ice

Psychotherapy for Plankton

September 9, 2011
Graduate student Erin Bertrand defended her Ph.D. dissertation this week before an advisory committee of scientists. In an article for non-scientists, she explains her research on how essential phytoplankton in the ocean struggle to get enough essential nutrients.
Source: Oceanus Magazine


Recycling Rare, Essential Nutrients in the Sea

January 10, 2011
Just like us, marine bacteria at the base of the ocean food web need iron to live and grow. One key species of bacteria seems to have evolved a way to use iron for photosynthesis by day and then reuse the same iron for different metabolic activities at night.
Source: Oceanus Magazine


Exploring an Icy, Invisible Realm in Antarctica 

October 28, 2009
They may be microscopic in size, but plankton play a starring role in the oceans' food web and the Earth's climate. Scientists are just beginning to reveal the rich diversity of life in remote polar seas.
Source: Oceanus Magazine


Growing Marine Plants Need Their Vitamins

June 7, 2007
B12—an essential vitamin for land-dwelling animals, including humans—also turns out to be an essential for marine algae. But its supply is limited in the ocean.
Source: Oceanus Magazine


Other interesting stuff

Mhari Saito WCPN Obituary

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Mhari and Tom's Wedding Song - Midwestern Night Dream II 

Composed and played by Mak Saito, 2008.
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Antarctic Adventure

by Elizabeth and Mak Saito
Antarctic Adventure is the story of author/scientist Mak Saito's research expedition to the Southern Continent. The book is targeted at children age 3 - 7. Simple text and stunning photographs highlight the adventure elements of fieldwork in the Antarctic (helicopters, snow storms, wildlife). Children learn where Antarctica is, what algae are, what glaciers look like, and the names of several different whales and penguins. More generally, they get a sense of what it means to do scientific fieldwork. A "Dear Reader" section at the end of the book goes into more detail about the expedition's research goals, which involve the importance of algae in global biogeochemical cycles.

The book has been donated to a number of libraries and school classrooms in Massachusetts, Ohio, Florida, and Connecticut.  All proceeds from the first printing of the book are being donated to children's programs in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.