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.

Recent Submissions

  • 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 ...
  • Sperm whale codas may encode individuality as well as clan identity 

    Oliveira, Claudia; Wahlberg, Magnus; Silva, Monica A.; Johnson, Mark P.; Antunes, Ricardo; Wisniewska, Danuta M.; Fais, Andrea; Goncalves, Joao M. A.; Madsen, Peter T. (Acoustical Society of America, 2016-05-19)
    Sperm whales produce codas for communication that can be grouped into different types according to their temporal patterns. Codas have led researchers to propose that sperm whales belong to distinct cultural clans, but it ...
  • Resource allocation for Lagrangian tracking 

    Jones, Benjamin T.; Solow, Andrew; Ji, Rubao (American Meteorological Society, 2016-06-02)
    Accurate estimation of the transport probabilities among regions in the ocean provides valuable information for understanding plankton transport, the spread of pollutants, and the movement of water masses. Individual-based ...
  • Diversity and distribution of prokaryotes within a shallow-water pockmark field 

    Giovannelli, Donato; d'Errico, Giuseppe; Fiorentino, Federica; Fattorini, Daniele; Regoli, Francesco; Angeletti, Lorenzo; Bakran-Petricioli, Tatjana; Vetriani, Costantino; Yucel, Mustafa; Taviani, Marco; Manini, Elena (Frontiers Media, 2016-06-17)
    Pockmarks are crater-like depression on the seafloor associated with hydrocarbon ascent through muddy sediments in continental shelves around the world. In this study, we examine the diversity and distribution of benthic ...
  • Fungal and prokaryotic activities in the marine subsurface biosphere at Peru Margin and Canterbury Basin inferred from RNA-based analyses and microscopy 

    Pachiadaki, Maria G.; Redou, Vanessa; Beaudoin, David J.; Burgaud, Gaëtan; Edgcomb, Virginia P. (Fromtiers Media, 2016-06-09)
    The deep sedimentary biosphere, extending 100s of meters below the seafloor harbors unexpected diversity of Bacteria, Archaea, and microbial eukaryotes. Far less is known about microbial eukaryotes in subsurface habitats, ...
  • Auditory sensitivity in aquatic animals 

    Lucke, Klaus; Popper, Arthur N.; Hawkins, Anthony D.; Akamatsu, Tomonari; Andre, Michel; Branstetter, Brian K.; Lammers, Marc O.; Radford, Craig A.; Stansbury, Amanda L.; Mooney, T. Aran (Acoustical Society of America, 2016-06-08)
    A critical concern with respect to marine animal acoustics is the issue of hearing “sensitivity,” as it is widely used as a criterion for the onset of noise-induced effects. Important aspects of research on sensitivity to ...
  • Biological effects of 6-formylindolo[3,2-b]carbazole (FICZ) in vivo are enhanced by loss of CYP1A function in an Ahr2-dependent manner 

    Wincent, Emma; Kubota, Akira; Timme-Laragy, Alicia R.; Jonsson, Maria E.; Hahn, Mark; Stegeman, John J. (Elsevier, 2016-04-22)
    6-Formylindolo[3,2-b]carbazole (FICZ) is a potent aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AHR) agonist that is efficiently metabolized by AHR-regulated cytochrome P4501 enzymes. FICZ is a proposed physiological AHR ligand that induces ...
  • Influence of environmental variables on Gambierdiscus spp. (Dinophyceae) growth and distribution 

    Xu, Yixiao; Richlen, Mindy L.; Liefer, Justin D.; Robertson, Alison; Kulis, David; Smith, Tyler; Parsons, Michael L.; Anderson, Donald M. (Public Library of Science, 2016-04-13)
    Benthic dinoflagellates in the genus Gambierdiscus produce the ciguatoxin precursors responsible for the occurrence of ciguatera toxicity. The prevalence of ciguatera toxins in fish has been linked to the presence and ...
  • Estimation of biological parameters of marine organisms using linear and nonlinear acoustic scattering model-based inversion methods 

    Chu, Dezhang; Lawson, Gareth L.; Wiebe, Peter H. (Acoustical Society of America, 2016-05-19)
    The linear inversion commonly used in fisheries and zooplankton acoustics assumes a constant inversion kernel and ignores the uncertainties associated with the shape and behavior of the scattering targets, as well as other ...

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