Danielle Hall

Danielle’s love for the ocean began as a young girl in the tidal pools and beaches of New England. She proclaimed at the young age of three that she wanted to be a marine biologist. True to that goal she earned her undergraduate degree in biology and marine science from the College of William and Mary and recently completed a Master’s in Science Journalism and Communication from Stony Brook University. Danielle’s research experience includes work studying seagrass biodiversity, salt marsh chemistry, and tiny drifting sea creatures called zooplankton at institutions such as the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Her most recent research position brought her to the bottom of the world for a six week expedition to Antarctica as a member of the Palmer Long Term Ecological Research Project (LTER). Working aboard a 230 foot research vessel in the Antarctic allowed Danielle to witness first-hand the rapid changes occurring in that region due to climate change. Recently Danielle has shifted her focus from research to science communication and is the digital producer of the Ocean Portal. She hopes to share her love of the ocean and science with others around her. Danielle also enjoys diving, cooking, and hiking with her dog Shadow.

Turning Ocean Trash to Treasure

Decided you want to make a difference? World Ocean Day is a great day to begin! You can start with a few simple changes .

Octavia the Octopus

Octavia embodies the curiosity and intelligence characteristic of the octopus. She inquisitively tinkers and plays with her surrounding environment.

Shipboard Life in the Antarctic

The R/V Laurence M. Gould amid icy waters in Antarctica Credit: Danielle Hall Strapped in to a harness on the back deck of a 230-foot research vessel off the coast of Antarctica , I take a moment to take in my surroundings...

Making a Mark on the Ocean Floor

Until very recently oceanography was a field dominated by men. A seafaring career, oceanography was still influenced by the superstitions of ship life; a woman on board was considered to bring bad luck. It may come as a surprise then, that one of the most influential oceanographic cartographers (mapmakers) of the 20th century was a woman, and she achieved such status without even stepping foot on a boat.

When Did Today’s Whales Get So Big?

More recently than you might think, say scientists who scoured the fossil record Two skulls belonging to extinct marine mammal herbivores used in the new study, both from the Smithsonian’s collections. Credit: A. Boersma By...