Press Releases


July 243, 2015 - Microbial gourmands prefer millennial-aged carbon in arctic waters

July 23, 2015 - Definitive Tropical Forest Emissions Study Released

July 23, 2015 - Woods Hole Research Center Presents Talk on Business and Climate Change

July 6, 2015 - Climate change double whammy: greatest climate impacts expected to hit region with the most vulnerable permafrost

June 26, 2015 - WHRC Ranked #1 Climate Change Think Tank for the Second Year Running

June 11, 2015 - Progress in Climate Negotiations: REDD+ Finalized

May 29, 2015 - What you don't know can hurt you: A new paper co-authored by Dr. Michael Coe highlights the catastrophic implications of unregulated development in the Amazon.

May 14, 2015 - Love your Mother Earth: As carbon emissions climb, so too has the Earth’s capacity to remove CO2 from the atmosphere

May 6, 2015 - Detailed Vegetation Height Estimates Across the Tropics Released

April 9, 2015 - The future is now: carbon emissions from permafrost thaw

March 20, 2015 - Conservation works: Forests for water in eastern Amazonia / Conservando florestas em nome da água na Amazônia

February 13, 2015 - Houghton influencing international climate policy

February 2, 2015 - Black Spruce: The Fire King

January 19, 2015 - Missing the mark: Indonesia, a long way from emissions targets



December 18, 2014 - Another Way to Grow: Expanding Industrial Agricultural without Accelerating Climate Change

December 2, 2014 - New study says 55% of carbon in Amazonian indigenous territories and protected lands may be at risk.

November 6, 2014 - Planetary Boundaries author accepts Woods Hole Research Center’s environmental prize

October 20, 2014 - Conference: Ocean Acidification and Southern New England - October 20, 2014

October 16, 2014 - First Detailed Map of Aboveground Forest Carbon Stocks in Mexico Unveiled

October 7, 2014 - Woods Hole Research Center names Philip Duffy as New President

September 21, 2014 - Global Carbon Dioxide Emissions to Reach Record High in 2014

September 4, 2014 - Public Lecture: Extreme Home Energy Efficiency

August 14, 2014 - Public Lecture: Changing Climate, Rising Seas: Cape Cod

August 13, 2014 - WHRC's Scott Goetz and colleagues win NASA grant to monitor global forests from the International Space Station.

July 14, 2014 - Sustaining the Earth: Photographs by Chris Linder

June 30, 2014 - WHRC ranked world’s most influential climate change think tank

June 25, 2014 - A Win-Win-Win Solution for Biofuel, Climate, and Biodiversity

April 28, 2014 - Detecting the Lit Fuse of the Arctic Carbon Bomb - Lecture May 7th

April 24, 2014 - WHRC Celebrates Earth Day, releasing Ecology and the Common Good: Great Issues of Environment

April 24, 2014 - Untangling Brazil’s Controversial New Forest Code

April 14, 2014 - Land Management Choices Affect Climate

April 14, 2014 - Fire and Drought May Push Amazonian Forests Beyond Tipping Point

March 1, 2014 - Permafrost Thaw Exacerbates Climate Change

January 27, 2014 - New Maps Highlight Habitat Corridors in the Tropics



December 9, 2013 - New data suggest human forest management may have more of an impact on carbon storage than previously understood.

December 4, 2013 - The National Science Foundation to fund two Woods Hole Research Center Amazonian projects.

December 4, 2013 - Global carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels rise again in 2013.

November 15, 2013 - First detailed map of global forest change is focus of Science magazine report.

July 26, 2013 - Senior Scientist Dr. Richard A. Houghton has been named Acting President of WHRC

June 20, 2013 - WHRC ranked 3rd among climate change think tanks around the world

June 20, 2013 - Sustainability Science Speaker Series – Third Lecture Focuses on Congo Basin Forests

May 15, 2013 - Sustainability Science Speaker Series – Second Lecture Focuses on Inland Fisheries

May 13, 2013 - Energy Supply from Hydropower Projects Depends on Rainforest Conservation

April 23, 2013 - Ecology, Economy and Management of an Agro-Industrial Amazon Frontier: Agriculture intensification could spare large tracts of tropical forest

April 1, 2013 - New Models Predict Drastically Greener Arctic In Coming Decades: Boom In Trees, Shrubs Expected To Lead To Net Increase In Climate Warming

March 10, 2013 - Significant reduction in temperature and vegetation seasonality over northern latitudes: Amplified greenhouse effect shaping North into South

February 11, 2013 - Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland received WHRC's Lawrence S. Huntington Environmental Prize at a ceremony in New York City

February 1, 2013 - Amazon freshwater ecosystems are vulnerable to degradation:Broadening of forest-centric focus to river catchment-based conservation framework is required

January 30, 2013 - Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland receives the Woods Hole Research Center’s Lawrence S. Huntington Environmental Prize

January 24, 2013 - Woods Hole Research Center Scientist named to Post at National Science Foundation



December 20, 2012 - Senior Scientist Irving Foster Brown awarded Chico Mendes Forest Citizenry Prize

December 3, 2012 - Analysis of Independent Studies Finds Consensus on Gross CO2 Emissions From Tropical Deforestation provides unbiased, historic benchmark to REDD+ Negotiations.

November 28, 2012 - Richard A. Houghton Elected a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union.

October 16, 2012 - Ag solutions for climate-nitrogen management in a hot, unpredictable world: Soil Science Society session looks at how agriculture can adapt & protect water, climate

August 24, 2012 - September 2012 issue of National Geographic Features WHRC's U.S. Forest Biomass Map

July 16, 2012 - Data confirm rising sea levels - a Cape Cod Times article with Dr. Eric Davidson.

June 23, 2012 - Six Woods Hole Science Institutions Refocus Diversity Efforts, Renew Memorandum of Understanding to Create ‘Pathways of Opportunity’.

April 13, 2012 - How to curb discharge of the most potent greenhouse gas - A 50 percent reduction in meat consumption and emissions is needed.

March 23, 2012 - WHRC Supports Launch of REDD+ Preparation in Mexico.

March 7, 2012 - WHRC's Carbon Density Dataset Available on ArcGIS Online.

February 19, 2012 - Glaciers: A window into human impact on the global carbon cycle.

January 30, 2012 - The Good News About Carbon Storage in Tropical Vegetation.

January 18, 2012 - New study evaluates impact of land use activity in the Amazon basin.

January 17, 2012 - New report reviews U.S. nitrogen pollution impacts & solutions.



July 11, 2011 - Polaris Project Underway in Siberia.

July 8, 2011 - Scott Goetz Named Deputy Director and Vice President of Science.

July 05, 2011 - Putting science into perspective - a Cape Cod Times article with Dr. Eric Davidson.

July 1, 2011 - R. A. Houghton Appointed to WHRC Woodwell Chair for Global Ecology.

June 20, 2011 - Woods Hole Research Center Board Leadership Transitions.

June 17, 2011 - Eric Davidson Named WHRC Executive Director.

May 25, 2011 - WHRC named a partner in pilot projects led by Indigenous Groups to reduce deforestation in Amazon.

April 20, 2011 - Woods Hole Research Center Debuts Detailed Maps of Forest Canopy Height and Carbon Stock for the Conterminous U.S.

April 15, 2011 - WHRC Participates in Edinburgh Declaration on Reactive Nitrogen.

February 22, 2011 - New Study Led by WHRC Illustrates Shifting Biomes in Alaska.

February 17, 2011 - New NASA Publication Profiles WHRC Project.

January 17, 2011 - Kilaparti Ramakrishna Returns to Woods Hole Research Center from UNEP.

January 11, 2011 - R. A. Houghton to Serve as Acting Director of Woods Hole Research Center.

January 11, 2011 - AAAS and Woods Hole Research Center Announce 2010 Fellow Award.

January 10, 2011 - WHRC Activities at COP16 Highlighted in Interviews and Excerpts.



December 13, 2010 - Eric Davidson Named to Leadership Positions with the International Nitrogen Initiative.

November 1, 2010 - Workshop Outcomes Address New Way of Removing Excess Nitrogen from the Environment.

September 23, 2010 - Woods Hole Research Center Hosting 10 International Scholars for Tropical Forest Mapping and Monitoring Training.

September 1, 2010 - Experimental Fire in Brazilian Amazon Furthers Understanding of Impact on Ecosystem.

August 2, 2010 – New Study Examines Effects of Drought in the Amazon.

July 2, 2010 – International Team of Scientists and Students Departing for Field Course in Russian Arctic.

June 2, 2010 – Center Scientists Use Remote Sensing Tools to Help Predict Birds' Preferred Habitat.

May, 2010 - Nation’s Top Scientists Meet for First U.S. Nitrogen Assessment.

March 22, 2010 - Center President and CEO affirms institutional scientific integrity.

February, 2010 - Center’s Carriage House renovation on schedule for summer completion.

February, 2010 - Center Welcomes New President and CEO, William Y. Brown.



December, 2009 - First Phase of Pantropical Forest Mapping Debuting at COP15.

December, 2009 - New study addresses “The end of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon”.

December, 2009 - Senior Scientist Scott Goetz Receives Fulbright Research Scholar Award.

November, 2009 - New study highlights rising carbon dioxide levels.

November, 2009 – New paper provides insights into cobenefits and costs of REDD.

October, 2009 - Dr. William Y. Brown to be next President and Director of the Woods Hole Research Center.

October, 2009 - Polaris Project video now available online.

August, 2009 - Center co-authors policy briefs addressing aspects of REDD policy.

August, 2009 - Major construction completed on the Center’s Wind Turbine.

July, 2009 - International Team of Students and Scientists Departing for Month-Long Field Course in Siberian Arctic.

June, 2009 - Leading scientists and scholars send open letter to Obama Administration urging action on climate issues.

May, 2009 - Woods Hole Research Institutions Announce Upcoming “Science Around the World” Diversity Events.

April, 2009 - Woods Hole Research Center announces formal process for Director search.

April 2, 2009 - Three leading scientific organizations based in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, announce the creation of the Woods Hole Consortium.

March 19, 2009 - United States Senate confirms John P. Holdren, Former Director of the Woods Hole Research Center, to serve as director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President. Holdren also serves as Assistant to the President for Science and Technology.



December 19, 2008 - Woods Hole Research Center Director John P. Holdren Nominated as Science Advisor by President-Elect Barack Obama.

May 23, 2008 - Woods Hole Research Center Director John P. Holdren named Guest Professor of Tsinghua University in Beijing, China.

April 21, 2008 - Senior scientist Daniel Nepstad to become Chief Program Officer for the environmental conservation programs of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

March 12, 2008 - Over 50 scientists gathered for a workshop in Manaus, Brazil, to discuss research needed to avoid catastrophic change in the Amazon.

February 15 , 2008 - WHRC scientists offer first datasets for National Biomass & Carbon Dataset.

February 15, 2008 - Scientists expand understanding of how river carbon impacts the Arctic Ocean.

January 25, 2008 - Director John P. Holdren is the featured essayist in the January 25th issue of SCIENCE.



December 19, 2007 - Woods Hole Research Center's Eric Davidson Named Project Scientist for NASA's LBA-Eco Program.

December 7, 2007 - As part of a grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Woods Hole Research Center has released a study entitled Linking Climate Policy with Development Strategy in Brazil, China, and India.

November 30, 2007 - Woods Hole Research Center Releases Four Key Reports to Further REDD Discussions at Upcoming UN Climate Change Conference.

November 20, 2007 - Woods Hole Research Center debuts first-of-its-kind image mosaic that will strengthen global forest monitoring from space.

October 2, 2007 - The Woods Hole Research Center announces the Polaris Project, led by Associate Scientist Max Holmes, to train future leaders in arctic research and education, and inform the public of profound changes in the Arctic due to global warming.

September 19, 2007 - On Saturday, October 6, the Woods Hole Research Center will offer tours of its building as part of the Green Buildings Open House.

August 27, 2007 - From September 4 to October 31, the Woods Hole Research Center and Highfield Hall will be partners in an exhibition of artwork done by schoolchildren in a remote Siberian village.

July 31, 2007 - Woods Hole Research Center Director, John P. Holdren, addresses the UN General Assembly on climate change.

July 11, 2007 - The National Commission on Energy Policy, co-chaired by WHRC Director, John P. Holdren, offers support to climate change legislation by Senators Bingaman, Specter and others.

June 21, 2007 - Research Associate Greg Fiske recognized for poster on the Albertine Rift in Africa at the annual meeting of the North East Map Organization (NEMO).

June 7, 2007 - Woods Hole Research Center scientists use remote sensing tools to study the expansion of industrial logging in Central Africa.

May 15, 2007 - Studies by Woods Hole Research Center scientists demonstrate the importance of preserving tropical rainforest to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to the atmosphere.

May 14, 2007 - Woods Hole Research Center scientists use remote sensing tools to predict bird species richness.

May 9, 2007 - Understanding the Global Carbon Budget: Woods Hole Research Center scientist R. A. Houghton provides insight.

May 7, 2007 - Woods Hole Research Center to hold lectures in conjunction with International Day for Biodiversity on May 22.

April 30, 2007 - Seeing the Trees for the Forest: WHRC Scientists Creating National Biomass & Carbon Dataset.

April 25, 2007 - Collaboration among IBM, The Nature Conservancy, and The Woods Hole Research Center to address river conservation.

April 20, 2007 - Proposed policies of The National Commission on Energy Policy, co-chaired by WHRC director, John P. Holdren, would reduce U.S. emissions to 15% below current levels by 2030.

March 2 - April 28, 2007 - In collaboration with Max Holmes of the Woods Hole Research Center, the South Shore Art Center will showcase original paintings by young Russian students.

February 27, 2007 - “Confronting Climate Change: Avoiding the Unmanageable and Managing the Unavoidable, ” the final report of the Scientific Expert Group on Climate Change and Sustainable Development. Director John P. Holdren serves as one of the five coordinating lead authors.



December 1, 2006 - New Study Examines Links Between Soy and Beef Production and Possible Futures for the Amazon.

November 17, 2006 - New Report Addresses Challenges and Opportunities for the Future of the Amazon Rainforest.

November 14, 2006 - Plans Proceeding for Wind Turbine on the Gilman Ordway Campus of the Woods Hole Research Center.

October 11, 2006 - Senior Scientist Eric A. Davidson to Speak at the Second Annual "Bioneers by the Bay: Connecting for Change" conference, to be held at UMASS Dartmouth, Oct. 20 - 22, 2006.

October 7, 2006 - Research Center participates in annual Green Buildings Open House.

September 22, 2006 - Woods Hole Research Center partners with Goldman Sachs Center for Environmental Markets to measure value of avoided deforestation.

September 12, 2006 - Associate Scientist R. Max Holmes extends collaborative efforts to teach high school students about global warming.

May 18, 2006 - Center scientists use satellite observations to investigate photosynthetic activities across northern circumpolar high latitudes.

April 20, 2006 - Boreal North America research of Senior Scientist Scott Goetz featured in the April 18, 2006, edition of NASA's Earth Observatory, an online publication.

April 11, 2006 - Woods Hole Research Center scientists create satellite map to show Chesapeake Bay urban development.

March 23, 2006 - Woods Hole Research Center submits statement regarding reducing emissions from deforestation in developing countries as requested by the UN's Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of the Parties.

March 23, 2006 - Scientists at the Woods Hole Research Center join colleagues to simulate future trends in deforestation, forest fire, rivers, fauna, and climate for the Amazon region.

March 10, 2006 - Senior Scientist Eric A. Davidson furthers discussion of temperature, carbon decomposition and feedbacks to climate change in the journal Nature.

February 21, 2006 - Woods Hole Research Center co-sponsors International Policy Workshop on Nitrogen in Paris March 8 - 10, 2006.

February 8, 2006 - A new Deputy in town. Dr. Kilaparti Ramakrishna, Deputy Director of the Woods Hole Research Center accepts two-year appointment with the United Nations Division of Policy Development and Law in Nairobi, Kenya, and passes badge of office to Dr. R. A. Houghton.

February 3, 2006 - "Critical Mass" poster explores the value of ecosystems and the implications of continued commercial and residential development in Southeastern Massachusetts.

January 25, 2006 - Senior scientist Daniel Nepstad and colleagues use satellite data to demonstrate that rainforest parks and indigenous territories halt deforestation and forest fires.

January 24, 2006 - Woods Hole Research Center hosts workshop entitled Toward Zero Net Energy Homes.



October 12, 2005 - Assistant Scientist Dr. Nadine Laporte is involved in international initiatives working to assess and protect great apes and their habitats.

September 28, 2005 - Associate Scientist R. Max Holmes leads the Student-Partners Project (SPP), uniting students, teachers, and scientists to advance scientific understanding of major arctic rivers.

September 16, 2005 - PCI Geomatics supports the Woods Hole Research Center's "National Biomass and Carbon Dataset" for the year 2000 with a major donation of software.

September 9, 2005 - John Holdren, director of the Woods Hole Research Center, will speak at the "Bioneers by the Bay: Connecting for Change" conference, October 14-16, at the University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth.

September 5, 2005 - Using Satellite Observations to Investigate "Greening" Trends Across Canada and Alaska.

August 23, 2005 - Seeing the Trees for the Forest: Woods Hole Research Center scientists create national biomass and carbon dataset.

July 19, 2005 - Woods Hole Research Center plans controlled burn in Amazon rainforest.

June 21, 2005 - Leadership Transition in Place at Woods Hole Research Center. John P. Holdren became President and Director, and George M. Woodwell became Director Emeritus and Senior Scientist.

June 20, 2005 - Assessing the Amazon River's Sensitivity to Deforestation. Associate Scientist Michael T. Coe completes computer model of Amazon River and floodplain interactions.

June 3, 2005 - Woods Hole Research Center marks transition in leadership, as George M. Woodwell passes hands over direction to John P. Holdren.

May 2, 2005 - Evaluating and Improving Innovative Green Design. The Woods Hole Research Center is tracking and publishing information on the efficiency of its high-performance building.

April 10, 2005 - Innovative Participation to Bring Arctic Science into the Classroom. Scientist R. Max Holmes links children to science in the Arctic region.

March 15, 2005 - World's largest rainforest drying experiment completes first phase. Surprising results of Amazonian rainforest experiment are released.

March 3, 2005 - Research Center hosts delegation to explore Russian environmental and social issues.

January 31, 2005 - The Woods Hole Research Center announces the hiring of three new associate scientists.



December 24, 2004 - WHRC Director-Elect John P. Holdren Named President-Elect of AAAS.

December 8, 2004 - Incoming director John P. Holdren co-chairs National Commission on Energy Policy, producing the report "Ending the Energy Stalemate" - A Bipartisan Strategy to Meet America's Energy Challenges.

October 2, 2004 - Research Center participates in annual Green Buildings Open House

July 2, 2004 - Harvard's Dr. John Holdren named new director of Woods Hole Research Center. To assume position in June of 2005.

June 22, 2004 - Boston book editor-publisher Merloyd Ludington elected trustee of the Woods Hole Research Center.

April 22, 2004 - Woods Hole Research Center's Ordway Campus selected among American Institute of Architects "Top Ten Green Projects."

March 25, 2004 - NASA-funded researchers at the Research Center use "SLEUTH" computer model to project development in the Washington, DC - Baltimore area.

March 10, 2004 - The Woods Hole Research Center's new high-performance building earns a first prize in the 2004 Northeast Sustainable Energy Association's Green Building Awards.



May 3, 2003 - The Woods Hole Research Center has received a grant of $273,692 from the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative's Green Buildings Program for the permitting and installation of a wind turbine at its new Ordway Campus.



June 6, 2002 - At the invitation of the president of Brazil, Kilaparti Ramakrishna joins world leaders in planning the forthcoming United Nations World Summit on Sustainable Development.

May 30, 2002 - The Woods Hole Research Center has received a grant of $226,308 from the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative's Green Buildings Program for the purchase and installation of a photovoltaic array and energy monitoring system at its new Ordway Campus.



October 5, 2001 - The 2001 Volvo Environment Prize was awarded to Dr. George M. Woodwell, founder and director of the Woods Hole Research Center.

February 5th, 2001 - Visiting Distinguished Scientist Dr. John P. Holdren receives the 2001 Heinz Award in Public Policy.