WHOI biological oceanographers study the biology of individual marine organisms, their spatial and temporal distributions, and how they interact both with their surrounding environment and with each other.

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  • The diversity of sulfide oxidation and sulfate reduction genes expressed by the bacterial communities of the Cariaco Basin, Venezuela 

    Rodriguez-Mora, Maria J.; Edgcomb, Virginia P.; Taylor, Craig D.; Scranton, Mary I.; Taylor, Gordon T.; Chistoserdov, Andrei Y. (Bentham Open, 2016-08-31)
    Qualitative expression of dissimilative sulfite reductase (dsrA), a key gene in sulfate reduction, and sulfide:quinone oxidoreductase (sqr), a key gene in sulfide oxidation was investigated. Neither of the two could be ...
  • Optimal bioeconomic management of changing marine resources 

    Moberg, Emily A. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 2016-09)
    Marine populations are increasingly subjected to changing conditions whether through harvest or through broad-scale habitat change. Historically, few models have accounted for such trends over time, and even fewer have ...
  • Competition-function tradeoffs in ectomycorrhizal fungi 

    Moeller, Holly; Peay, Kabir (PeerJ, 2016-07-27)
    The extent to which ectomycorrhizal fungi mediate primary production, carbon storage, and nutrient remineralization in terrestrial ecosystems depends upon fungal community composition. However, the factors that govern ...
  • Hierarchical neighbor effects on mycorrhizal community structure and function 

    Moeller, Holly; Dickie, Ian A.; Peltzer, Duane; Fukami, Tadashi (John Wiley & Sons, 2016-07-05)
    Theory predicts that neighboring communities can shape one another's composition and function, for example, through the exchange of member species. However, empirical tests of the directionality and strength of these effects ...
  • Early ice retreat and ocean warming may induce copepod biogeographic boundary shifts in the Arctic Ocean 

    Feng, Zhixuan; Ji, Rubao; Campbell, Robert G.; Ashjian, Carin J.; Zhang, Jinlun (John Wiley & Sons, 2016-08-20)
    Early ice retreat and ocean warming are changing various facets of the Arctic marine ecosystem, including the biogeographic distribution of marine organisms. Here an endemic copepod species, Calanus glacialis, was used as ...
  • Technological advancements in observing the upper ccean in the Bay of Bengal : education and capacity building 

    Tandon, Amit; D'Asaro, Eric A.; Stafford, Kathleen; Sengupta, Debasis; Ravichandran, M.; Baumgartner, Mark F.; Venkatesan, R.; Paluszkiewicz, Theresa (The Oceanography Society, 2016-06)
    Because the monsoon strongly affects India, there is a clear need for indigenous expertise in advancing the science that underlies monsoon prediction. The safety of marine transport in the tropics relies on accurate ...
  • Effects of freshwater stratification on nutrients, dissolved oxygen, and phytoplankton in the Bay of Bengal 

    Sarma, V. V. S. S.; Rao, G. S.; Viswanadham, R.; Sherin, C. K.; Salisbury, Joseph; Omand, Melissa M.; Mahadevan, Amala; Murty, V. S. N.; Shroyer, Emily; Baumgartner, Mark F.; Stafford, Kathleen (The Oceanography Society, 2016-06)
    The Bay of Bengal (BoB) is strongly density stratified due to large freshwater input from various rivers and heavy precipitation. This strong vertical stratification, along with physical processes, regulates the transport ...
  • Coral reef soundscapes may not be detectable far from the reef 

    Kaplan, Maxwell B.; Mooney, T. Aran (Nature Publishing Group, 2016-07-28)
    Biological sounds produced on coral reefs may provide settlement cues to marine larvae. Sound fields are composed of pressure and particle motion, which is the back and forth movement of acoustic particles. Particle motion ...
  • Interspecific hybridization in pilot whales and asymmetric genetic introgression in northern Globicephala melas under the scenario of global warming 

    Miralles, Laura; Oremus, Marc; Silva, Monica A.; PLANES, Serge; Garcia-Vazquez, Eva (Public Library of Science, 2016-08-10)
    Pilot whales are two cetacean species (Globicephala melas and G. macrorhynchus) whose distributions are correlated with water temperature and partially overlap in some areas like the North Atlantic Ocean. In the context ...
  • Seascape and life-history traits do not predict self-recruitment in a coral reef fish 

    Herrera, Marcela; Nanninga, Gerrit; PLANES, Serge; Jones, Geoffrey P.; Thorrold, Simon R.; Saenz-Agudelo, Pablo; Almany, Glenn R.; Berumen, Michael L. (The Royal Society, 2016-08-09)
    The persistence and resilience of many coral reef species are dependent on rates of connectivity among sub-populations. However, despite increasing research efforts, the spatial scale of larval dispersal remains unpredictable ...
  • Extreme low oxygen and decreased pH conditions naturally occur within developing squid egg capsules 

    Long, Matthew H.; Mooney, T. Aran; Zakroff, Casey (2016-04)
    Young animals found future cohorts and populations but are often particularly susceptible to environmental changes. This raises concerns that future conditions, influenced by anthropogenic changes such as ocean acidification ...
  • Prevalence of influenza A virus in live-captured North Atlantic gray seals : a possible wild reservoir 

    Puryear, Wendy Blay; Keogh, Mandy; Hill, Nichola; Moxley, Jerry; Josephson, Elizabeth; Davis, Kimberly Ryan; Bandoro, Christopher; Lidgard, Damian; Bogomolni, Andrea L.; Levin, Milton; Lang, Shelley; Hammill, Michael; Bowen, Don; Johnston, David W.; Romano, Tracy; Waring, Gordon T.; Runstadler, Jonathan (Nature Publishing Group, 2016-08-03)
    Influenza A virus (IAV) has been associated with multiple unusual mortality events (UMEs) in North Atlantic pinnipeds, frequently attributed to spillover of virus from wild-bird reservoirs. To determine if endemic infection ...
  • Microzooplankton community structure investigated with imaging flow cytometry and automated live-cell staining 

    Brownlee, Emily F.; Olson, Robert J.; Sosik, Heidi M. (Inter-Research, 2016-05-25)
    Protozoa play important roles in grazing and nutrient recycling, but quantifying these roles has been hindered by difficulties in collecting, culturing, and observing these often-delicate cells. During long-term deployments ...
  • Whistle characteristics and daytime dive behavior in pantropical spotted dolphins (Stenella attenuata) in Hawai‘i measured using digital acoustic recording tags (DTAGs) 

    Silva, Tammy L.; Mooney, T. Aran; Sayigh, Laela S.; Tyack, Peter L.; Baird, Robin W.; Oswald, Julie N. (Acoustical Society of America, 2016-07-19)
    This study characterizes daytime acoustic and dive behavior of pantropical spotted dolphins (Stenella attenuata) in Hawai‘i using 14.58 h of data collected from five deployments of digital acoustic recording tags (DTAG3) ...
  • Erratum to “Vessel strikes to large whales before and after the 2008 Ship Strike Rule” 

    van der Hoop, Julie; Vanderlaan, Angelia S. M.; Cole, Timothy V. N.; Henry, Allison G.; Hall, Lanni; Mase-Guthrie, Blair; Wimmer, Tonya; Moore, Michael J. (John WIley & Sons, 2016-06-15)
  • Vessel strikes to large whales before and after the 2008 Ship Strike Rule 

    van der Hoop, Julie; Vanderlaan, Angelia S. M.; Cole, Timothy V. N.; Henry, Allison G.; Hall, Lanni; Mase-Guthrie, Blair; Wimmer, Tonya; Moore, Michael J. (John WIley & Sons, 2014-05-01)
    To determine effectiveness of Seasonal Management Areas (SMAs), introduced in 2008 on the U.S. East Coast to reduce lethal vessel strikes to North Atlantic right whales, we analyzed observed large whale mortality events ...
  • Erratum to: Merging scleractinian genera: the overwhelming genetic similarity between solitary Desmophyllum and colonial Lophelia 

    Addamo, Anna M.; Vertino, Agostina; Stolarski, Jaroslaw; Garcia-Jimenez, Ricardo; Taviani, Marco; Machordom, Annie (BioMed Central, 2016-07-19)
    As a result of vendor errors being introduced during processing, the original version of this article was published with some duplication errors in Table 1.
  • A compilation of global bio-optical in situ data for ocean-colour satellite applications 

    Valente, André; Sathyendranath, Shubha; Brotas, Vanda; Groom, Steven; Grant, Michael; Taberner, Malcolm; Antoine, David; arnone, robert; Balch, William; Barker, Kathryn; Barlow, Ray; Belanger, Simon; Berthon, Jean-François; Besiktepe, Sukru; Brando, Vittorio; Canuti, Elisabetta; Chavez, Francisco; Claustre, Hervé; Crout, Richard; Frouin, Robert; García-Soto, Carlos; Gibb, Stuart W.; Gould, Richard; Hooker, Stanford; Kahru, Mati; Klein, Holger; Kratzer, Susanne; loisel, hubert; McKee, David; Mitchell, Brian G.; Moisan, Tiffany; Muller-Karger, Frank; O'Dowd, Leonie; Ondrusek, Michael; Poulton, Alex J.; REPECAUD, Michel; Smyth, Timothy; Sosik, Heidi M.; Twardowski, Michael; Voss, Kenneth; Werdell, Jeremy; Wernand, Marcel; Zibordi, Giuseppe (Copernicus Publications on behalf of the European Geosciences Union, 2016-06-03)
    A compiled set of in situ data is important to evaluate the quality of ocean-colour satellite-data records. Here we describe the data compiled for the validation of the ocean-colour products from the ESA Ocean Colour Climate ...
  • Measuring hearing in wild beluga whales 

    Mooney, T. Aran; Castellote, Manuel; Quakenbush, Lori T.; Hobbs, Roderick; Goertz, Caroline; Gaglione, Eric (2016)
    We measured the hearing abilities of seven wild beluga whales (Delphinapterus leucas) during a collection-and-release experiment in Bristol Bay, AK, USA. Here we summarize the methods and initial data from one animal, ...
  • A brief review of cephalopod behavioral responses to sound 

    Samson, Julia E.; Mooney, T. Aran; Gussekloo, Sander W. S.; Hanlon, Roger T. (2016)
    Sound is a widely available cue in aquatic environments and is used by many marine animals for vital behaviors. Most research has focused on marine vertebrates. Relatively little is known about sound detection in marine ...

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