When Susan Avery, director of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, looks ahead to when her tenure ends next June, she is both optimistic and downbeat.
She's excited about what could lie ahead for institution, one of the world’s preeminent ocean research institutions, both in the frontiers of pure science and in the "blue economy" — the use of ocean resources.
But the downward trend of funding for ocean exploration and science in general? That has her worried beyond her own institution's balance sheet.
“To see (funding) stagnate and decline like it has is very worrisome,” she said.
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