By Julia Darcey

Perhaps the only way to fully appreciate Woods Hole’s blue ponds and long points is from the air. Peter Mangiafico, scientific informatics project leader for the Encyclopedia of Life (, recently got his pilot’s license and has been treating friends and family to some magnificent views during flights in a rental Cessna.

From left: Anthony Goddard, uBio lead developer & systems administrator, David Shorthouse, scientific informatics project leader, and at the plane's controls, Peter Mangiafico, all of the EOL.  Photo by Anthony Goddard.

From left: Anthony Goddard, uBio lead developer & systems administrator; David Shorthouse, EOL scientific informatics project leader; and Mangiafico in the pilot's seat. Photo by Anthony Goddard

Mangiafico’s wife, Karen Casciotti, who is an associate scientist in Marine Chemistry & Geochemistry at WHOI, captured this beautiful shot of Woods Hole, with Eel Pond at center, during another flight.

Photo by Karen Casciotti.

Photo by Karen Casciotti.