In the low light of Antarctic spring, a researcher on the ice watches for a plane. A research team, including MIT-WHOI Joint Program student Laura Stevens, traveled to the Ross Ice Shelf in November 2016 to retrieve sensors deployed in 2014. The sensors measured vibrations traveling through the ice from the seaward ice edge. Scientists studying ice shelves and their stability, including WHOI seismologist Ralph Stephen and collaborators at Scripps institution of Oceanography, Washington University in St. Louis, and Colorado State University, will use the data to identify areas of weakness in the shelf. (Photo by Laura Stevens, #WHOI) #IntheField#RemoteResearch#Antarctica#ScienceOnIce#MITWHOIJointProgram
Once known to exist across the entire northern belt of the Indian subcontinent, the Greater One-horned Rhinoceros now survives in small sub-populations in parts of Nepal and India (West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Assam). These highly solitary animals prefer the alluvial grasslands and swamp regions of Terai and Brahmaputra basins, given the abundance of food resources.
According to an assessment, published by IUCN in 2008, '..species declined to near extinction in the early 1900s, primarily due to widespread conversion of alluvial plains grasslands to agricultural development.' The apparent loss of habitat for the Greater One-horned Rhinoceros spiked an increase in the cases of human-wildlife conflict, further putting an existential pressure on the species
Watch, the short-film "The Story of All of Us" produced by @wctindia and @social_access8 , in collaboration with UFO Moviez and @thebetterindia to acknowledge those nuances of the wild and forest on which our very life hinges.
WHOI research associate Jennie Rheuban, former research assistant Kelly Luis, research assistant Michaela Fendrock, and R/V Baykeeper captain Luke Lomeland (left to right) grapple with a weather balloon at Megansett Harbor in Falmouth, Mass., during a test of a new airborn camera system last summer. The camera, a multi-spectral sensor, was designed by WHOI biologist Sam Laney and MIT-WHOI Joint Program graduate student Ryan O'Shea to monitor coastal water quality and was funded by a grant from WHOI's Innovative Technology Program. The sensor package will eventually be designed to be fit onto a remote-controlled aerial drone and flown from shore or a ship. (Photo by Tom Kleindinst, #WHOI) #IntheField#WomeninScience#UpUpandAway