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Navigating a sea of choices: SWMS Symposium

By Hanny Rivera | April 9, 2018

Written by: Christina Hernandez On Saturday, March 24, 2018, the campus of the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography (URI GSO) was host to approximately 150 scientists for a symposium of the Society for Women in Marine Science (SWMS). The symposium was titled “Navigating a sea of choices in marine science” and focused…

Perks and challenges of international fieldwork: A glider deployment in the Seychelles

By Joleen Heiderich | April 2, 2018

When I started working on a project investigating the Gulf Stream, little did I know that one day my job would bring me to the Seychelles. I knew that most of my PhD work would be focused on the North Atlantic, so dreaming of a trip to these lush, remote little islands in the Indian…

The erstwhile king of Siluria

By Hannah Mark | March 26, 2018

A planet shrinking over a few thousand years, wrinkling like an apple. Vast underground caverns filled with seawater that rises to the surface to form oceans. Volcanic eruptions powered by coal beds. All of those sound like ridiculous ideas in this day and age, but just a few hundred years ago, they represented some of…

Diving in the wake of a hurricane

By Hanny Rivera | March 4, 2018

Written by: Genevieve Flaspohler About the author: Genevieve Flaspohler is a PhD student in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in the MIT-WHOI Joint program. She is a member of the WHOI Autonomous Robotics and Perception Laboratory (WARPLab) and researches machine learning and computer vision algorithms for autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs). She is especially interested in…

A brief history of the Wide Receiver Functions

By Hannah Mark | February 26, 2018

Back in 2015, when my cousin set up a fantasy football league for my extended family, I named my first (and only) fantasy football team the “Wide Receiver Functions.” At the time I thought this was rather funny, but I was the only seismologist in the league, so instead of laughter I got confusion. Wide…