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News Release: WHOI Sea Grant commits $1.7 million to advancing research in coastal and marine science

(Woods Hole, MA, February, 14, 2024) – Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Sea Grant announces funding for five new research projects that address pressing coastal issues in and around Massachusetts, including eelgrass restoration, sewering’s impact on water quality, contaminants of emerging…

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Culturing Kelp on Cape Cod

Rachel Hutchinson splashed through a foot of ice cold water in her waders to climb into a 17-foot skiff. Setting down a cooler full of seaweed and plastic bags of scissors, tape and data sensors, she pulled the black hat…

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The First Leap: One O-STEAM fellow’s experience

Questions swirled in my head: “Am I qualified enough? Will my application stand out? What if I don’t get accepted?” As I sat down to revise my O-STEAM application for the last time, a wave of anxiety washed over me.

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Citizens and Scientists Monitoring Change at Town Neck Beach

A citizen science effort in Sandwich is getting an extra boost from WHOI researchers and a statewide portal for collecting photos of coastal flooding, coastal storm impacts, and shoreline adaptation. Installed by WHOI Sea Grant in partnership with the Town of Sandwich in 2020, the CoastSnap cradles at …

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WHOI Postdoctoral scholar Arun Venugopalan from Rebecca Gast Lab

WHOI Sea Grant post-doc Arun Venugopalan is investigating a leukemia-like form of cancer that can kill hard clams and cause hardship for some local clam harvesters. His work with Marine Extension Specialist Josh Reitsma and others is highlighted in a feature story in Oceanus magazine.
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Tale of Two Capes -- 2 videos

WHOI Sea Grant developed two new videos for “A Tale of Two Capes,” the museum exhibit our program created for the Cape Cod Cape Verde Museum and Cultural Center. Resilient Coasts and Healthy Harvests, explore building sustainable fisheries, as well as the origin stories of each land. Learn more about the exhibit and watch the videos here!


WHOI Sea Grant is partnering once again with Cape Cod Cooperative Extension and five participating towns to offer free boat shrink wrap recycling. From April 1 through June 30, Cape residents can bring clean, rolled shrink wrap to the transfer station in Bourne, Falmouth, Chatham, Eastham and Wellfleet. No sticker required.  Get the details!

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WHOI Sea Grant welcomed Northeastern University coop student Meredith McGowan in January to work on events and activities related to Cape Cod Coastal Resilience Week (more details to come!). Meredith is a junior majoring in marine science and will be in residence with our program until mid-June.

In January, WHOI Sea Grant welcomed our new fiscal officer, Erin Chase. Erin is an experienced financial analyst with strong budget management, financial analysis and project management skills. She settled in Falmouth three years ago, after having worked for large and small companies in the United States and internationally.

WHOI Sea Grant's newest extension team member is Bryan McCormack, who replaced Greg Berman as the coastal processes and hazard specialist in February.  Bryan comes from a research background at UMass Boston and the Center for Coastal Studies where he worked on nearshore geomorphology and sediment transport, as well as acoustic mapping and object detection.

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