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Heidi Sosik describes her research efforts at the Martha’s Vineyard Coastal Observatory (MVCO) to visitors aboard the R/V Tioga on site at the Air Sea Interaction Tower (ASIT). (Photo by Jayne Doucette, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

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TED Speaker – Heidi Sosik: Ocean Scientist, Inventor, Explorer

April 2018

Sosik leads a multidisciplinary team conducting long-term research on marine ecosystems and how they are changing in response to intersecting pressures from human activity, environmental variability and climate change. She discusses her bold plan to explore the ocean’s twilight zone is one of the first ideas of The Audacious Project, TED’s initiative to inspire global change.


Visitors From the Ocean Twilight Zone– The New York Times

November 23, 2018

Researchers recently hauled up specimens from a layer of the world’s seas that contains an abundance of aquatic life.


Phytoplankton Are Affecting Earth’s Climate in the Ocean’s ‘Twilight Zone’ – Space

August 14, 2018

NASA scientists are venturing into the ocean’s “twilight zone” to explore how phytoplankton are affecting Earth’s climate.


Expedition Probes Ocean’s Smallest Organisms For Climate Answers – Astrobiology Magazine

August 10, 2018

NASA and the National Science Foundation are funding the Export Processes in the Ocean from Remote Sensing (EXPORTS) oceanographic campaign. With more than 100 scientists and crew from nearly 30 research institutions, EXPORTS is the first coordinated multidisciplinary science campaign of its kind to study the pathways, fates and carbon cycle impacts of microscopic and other plankton using two research vessels, a range of underwater robotic platforms and satellite imagery.


It’s ‘the last frontier on Earth that’s truly not well understood,’ and scientists are about to explore it – Boston Globe

August 4, 2018

A team of marine biologists, engineers, and other specialists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution will embark on the first long-term study of this netherworld, a nearly lightless region believed to be teeming with life — perhaps more than the rest of the ocean combined.


Deep-sea project wins prestigious funding at Vancouver TED conference – The Globe and Mail

April 12, 2018

Dr. Heidi Sosik spoke at the annual TED conference in Vancouver to shed light on the secrets of the ocean’s twilight zone. The Twilight Zone project is among five recipients of money from the Audacious Project, an initiative launched at this year’s TED conference to fund projects “that have the potential to create massive, global change.”


With $35M grant, WHOI scientists will dive to the edge of ocean’s light – Cape Cod Times

April 12, 2018

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution has received one of the largest private grants in its history, $35 million, to explore one of the least understood areas on earth.


WHOI among first funding recipients of The Audacious Project – EurekAlert!

April 11, 2018

The $35 million award to WHOI will catalyze a multi-faceted, multi-year effort to explore and understand one of the planet’s hidden frontiers: the ocean’s twilight zone, which extends around the world from about 200 to 1,000 meters below the surface of the ocean.


Heidi Sosik Selected as a Fellow of The Oceanography Society – ON&T

January 29, 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). Election as a fellow is bestowed upon TOS members by their peers to honor individuals who have attained eminence in oceanography through their outstanding contributions to the field of oceanography during a substantial period of years.


Heidi M. Sosik selected as a Fellow of The Oceanography Society – EurekAlert!

January 11, 2018

The Oceanography Society (TOS) congratulates Dr. Heidi M. Sosik (Senior Scientist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution) on her selection as as a Fellow of The Oceanography Society. The citation on Dr. Sosik’s certificate recognizes her for outstanding contributions to phytoplankton ecology, sensor development and graduate and undergraduate ocean science education


Imaging FlowCytobot Guides Operational Response for Aquaculture Farm – ECO Magainze

September 2017

McLane Labs partnered with Ward Aquafarms , a Cape Code (MA) based business, to deploy Imaging FlowCytobot at Ward Aquaculture Farm to monitor for Cochlodinium polykrikoides bloom in an effort to prevent damage to juvenile shellfish.


How Do Microbial Ecosystems and Climate Change Interact – EOS

April 18, 2017

The American Society for Microbiology and the American Geophysical Union offer insights form a transdisciplinary collaboration of their scientists regarding this question and areas for further study.


Long-term study examines ocean ecosystems off Vineyard – Boston Globe

March 14, 2017

Plankton are at the center of a long-term study in the waters south of Martha’s Vineyard that seeks a better understanding of how environmental changes are affecting the aquatic food chain.


Long-term study planned in ocean south of Martha’s Vineyard – Cape Cod Times

March 12, 2017

A group of scientists is taking a deep dive into the salty waters and food web south of Martha’s Vineyard.


NSF Grant Includes Observatory Off Edgartown – Vineyard Gazette

March 7, 2017

The Martha’s Vineyard Coastal Observatory off South Beach in Edgartown has become part of a new long-term program aimed at better understanding ocean ecosystems and climate change in the Northeast, thanks to a $6 million grant from the National Science Foundation.


WHOI Researchers to Take Part in Continental Shelf Study –

March 6, 2017

A long-term study which will research the relationship between coastal ecosystems and human interaction with it in the Northeast will be conducted for at least fire years by scientists from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), University of Massachusetts, and others.


NSF announces new Long-Term Ecological Research sites off Alaska, New England coasts – National Science Foundation

March 2, 2017

Scientists will expand research on ocean food webs in ecosystems that include recreational and commercial fisheries.


Warming Triggers Early Algae Blooms, Potential Ripple Effects to Come – Inside Climate News

October 27, 2016

A common type of phytoplankton is reproducing earlier, research finds, pointing to wider impacts among marine life.


Researchers track effects of changing ocean temperature on phytoplankton – National Science Foundation

October 20, 2016

New study shows changes could have major effects on global marine ecosystems.


Warmer waters bring earlier plankton blooms – Science News

October 20, 2016

Long-term study reveals predation dynamics, raises questions about carbon fates.


Seeing the Small

February 20, 2009

Heidi Sosik and Rob Olson describe how a shared frustration led them to develop a special underwater camera that takes pictures of tiny cells in the ocean. It has revolutionized how the ecology of the ocean is studied