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Mate Ian Hanley aboard the R/V Tioga approaching MVCO (Photo by Sean Whelan, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

Posts by WHOI involving Heidi, including press releases, research project information, and and work group involvement.

The Ocean Twilight Zone 

Imagine if…. we explored a little-known part of the ocean. Below the sunlit surface, there’s a realm known as the ocean’s “twilight zone”. At 200 to 1000 meters below the surface, sunlight is barely a glimmer, yet flashes of bioluminescence give us a clue that these waters teem with life.


Heidi Sosik Selected as a Fellow of The Oceanography Society 

January 18, 2018

Heidi Sosik, a senior scientist in the Biology Department at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) has been named a 2018 Fellow of The Oceanography Society (TOS).


A New Long-Term Ecological Research Site Announced for the Northeast US Shelf

March 1, 2017

To better understand and manage an intricate ecosystem, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced the selection of Northeast US coast for a new Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) site led by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) along with researches at University of Massachusetts, Wellesley College, and the University of Rhode Island.


New 13-year Study Tracks Impact of Changing Climate on a Key Marine Food Source

October 20, 2016

A new multiyear study from scientists at WHOI has shown for the first time how changes in ocean temperature affect a key species of phytoplankton


Field Testing of Imaging FlowCytobot at the Martha’s Vineyard Coastal Observatory


Funding for the initial deployment of Imaging FlowCytobot at the Martha’s Vineyard Coastal Observatory (MVCO using a submersible flow cytometer


Experts Call for Network to Monitor Marine Biodiversity

April 22, 2013

Observations could warn of threats to ecosystem on which humans depend.


WHOI Scientists and Engineers Partner with World-Renowned Companies to Market Revolutionary New Instruments

July 19, 2012

WHOI researches partnered with 2 companies to build and market undersea technology developed at WHOI.


Mass. Governor Deval Patrick Makes First Visit to WHOI

October 12, 2011

Governor Patrick toured several of the Institution’s labs and was briefed on its robotic vehicle development and ocean observing programs.


WHOI Receives Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Grant for Oceanography Imaging Informatics

November 9, 2010

WHOI received a more than $2 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to develop new tools for ocean scientists who work with underwater imagery to better understand the ocean and its ecosystems.


Underwater Microscope Helps Prevent Shellfish Poisoning Along Gulf Coast of Texas

April 9, 2008

Novel instrument developed at WHOI detects harmful algae in coastal waters.


Deployment of a video plankton recorder at the Martha’s Vineyard Coastal Observatory


Project funded for quantification of top-down controls on phytoplankton dynamics obvserved with Imaging.


Overview of WHOI Observing Systems Efforts: Center for Ocean, Seafloor, and Marine Observing Systems (COSMOS)

May 7, 2007

Overview of ocean observing systems at WHOI including Martha’s Vineyard Coastal Observatory (MVCO), Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI), C/GSN IO Pioneer Array, Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS), and Northeast Regional Association of Coastal Ocean Observing Systems (NERACOOS).


A Coastal Ecosystem Research Initiative for the Northwest Atlantic


A proposal funded in 2007 to continue and expand activities related to development and implementation to advance our ability to measure, monitor, and analyze the fundamental processes shaping the northwest Atlantic continental shelf ecosystem.


Exploring the feasibility of glider-based transport, stratification, and ecology measurements on the New England shelf between MVCO and Line W


A proposal funded to explore the feasibility of using autonomous gliders for regular collection of physical and bio-optical properties along a transect spanning the continental shelf between MVCO and the Line W moored climate array.


Novel Instrument Sheds Light on Plankton Populations in Coastal Waters

December 1, 2004

Cabled ocean observatories, like the Martha’s Vineyard Coastal Observatory (MVCO), and new sensors like the Flow Cytobot are enabling scientists to study plankton community structure and processes with unprecedented detail.


Phoning Home from the Ocean Floor – by Computer

October 8, 2004

Ocean observatories linked with cyber infrastructure will change the way marine science is conducted.


The Picoplankton and the Whale

Annual Report, 2003

Biologists Heidi Sosik and Rob Olson have developed the Flow Cytobot, an automated submersible flow cytometer that detects small phytoplankton in situ.


New Tools for Ocean Biology


Grant funded for imaging in flow to improve the resolution of pump-during=probe measurements of phytoplankton photosynthetic characteristics.


WHOI Biology Department: Phytoplankton Ecology Working Group