Monthly Archives: December 2014

Video and Podcasts CWC Movie

The Coastal Waters Consortium (CWC) came together in early 2012 to assess the chemical evolution, biological degradation, and environmental stresses of petroleum and dispersant within Gulf of Mexico coastal and shelf ecosystems. CWC research and education and outreach programs are funded for 3 years by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative. The Gulf of Mexico Read More

Video and Podcasts P/N Filtration

Student Drake Lee-Patterson describes why she values her experience at sea, on a Cruise studying zooplankton, aboard the R/V Endeavor, Gulf of Mexico, June 2013.

Video and Podcasts Lamont Oceanographic Biochemical Observer (LOBO)

Nigel D’Souza explains the use of a Lamont Oceanographic Biochemical Observer (LOBO), aboard the R/V Endeavor, Gulf of Mexico, June 2013.

Video and Podcasts Safety First!

Leigha Peterson demonstrates deployment of the Safety Suit, in the library aboard the R/V Endeavor, Gulf of Mexico, June 2013.

Video and Podcasts N and C fixation in phytoplankton

Sarah Weber explains the methods used for measuring Nitrogen and carbon fixation in phytoplankton, aboard the R/V Endeavor, Gulf of Mexico, June 2013.

Video and Podcasts Sediment Traps

Corey Padilla illustrates the deployment & retrieval of Sediment Traps to measure Nitrogen Isotopes, aboard the R/V Endeavor, Gulf of Mexico, June 2013.

Video and Podcasts Sampling the Water Column

Leigha Peterson illustrates the apparatus for sampling the water column in the Gulf of Mexico, aboard the R/V Endeavor, June 2013.

Video and Podcasts Eagle Ray Night Launch

This video shows a successful night launch of the Eagle Ray AUV from the RV Pelican at GC600, one of ECOGIGs main study sites. A GoPro camera was mounted on a 20’ aluminum pole and held over the side of the RV Pelican, resulting in some of the jitter in the video.

Video and Podcasts Eagle Ray AUV — What It Is and How It Works

The Eagle Ray AUV (autonomous underwater vehicle) is used by ECOGIG scientists to map the seafloor and get visuals so they can better target their sample collecting for study. NIUST (National Institute for Undersea Science and Technology) provides the submersible. This is a Finch Productions, LLC video.

Video and Podcasts Operating Multicorer

An underwater video from the Schmidt Ocean Institute research vessel Falkor showing the multicorer triggering and collecting mud samples from the sea floor on Nov. 20, 2012. This was a shallow water deployment to test the multicorer trigger mechanism. Video credit: Schmidt Ocean Institute marine technician Leighton Rolley.

Teachers and StudentsVideo and Podcasts LBL Beacon Recovery

Middle School Student Anja Diercks helps recover the acoustic LBL (Long Base Line) beacon she had released from the ocean floor using an acoustic telemetry system minutes before. The Gulf of Mexico had a surprise for her too.

Teachers and StudentsVideo and Podcasts LBL Beacon Recovery Release

Middle School Student Anja Diercks learns about acoustic release operation to recover a Long Base Line (LBL) acoustic beacon after a successful AUV dive. These LBL beacons are necessary in aiding the Inertial Navigation System of the AUV while on survey on the ocean floor, sometimes at depths of 1600 m or more.

Video and Podcasts Lamont Oceanographic Biochemical Observer (LOBO)

Nigel D’Souza explains the use of a Lamont Oceanographic Biochemical Observer (LOBO), aboard the R/V Endeavor, Gulf of Mexico, June 2013.

Video and Podcasts Sediment Traps

Corey Padilla illustrates the deployment & retrieval of Sediment Traps to measure Nitrogen Isotopes, aboard the R/V Endeavor, Gulf of Mexico, June 2013.

GoMRI ScientistsVideo and Podcasts What Does ECOGIG Do?

Scientists aboard the research vessels R/V Endeavor and E/V Nautilus briefly describe the nature of the work of ECOGIG in this Finch Productions, LLC video.

Video and Podcasts ECOGIG Coordinated Research Cruises

In July, 2013, the ECOGIG consortium coordinated two research cruises in the Gulf of Mexico. The chief scientists of those cruises, Joe Montoya and Erik Cordes, talk about the value of their coordinated work, with images of deepsea creatures and equipment shown. This is a Finch Productions, LLC video.

Video and Podcasts ECOGIG RV Atlantis /ALVIN Cruise March 30-April 23, 2014

Researchers describe the crucial importance of ALVIN dives in assessing the Ecosystem Impacts of the Deepwater Horizon explosion. This is a Finch Productions, LLC video.

Video and Podcasts ECOGIG Natural Seeps Geology of the Gulf

ECOGIG Scientists Dr. Joe Montoya, Dr. Andreas Teske, Dr. Samantha Joye and Dr. Ian McDonald describe their collaborative research approach during preparations for the Spring 2014 cruise aboard the RV/ Atlantis with research sub ALVIN. Long term sampling and monitoring of the natural seeps in the Gulf of Mexico, a global hotspot for these, is Read More

Video and Podcasts CBS News: Scientists get first look at seabed near B.P. oil spill site

It’s been four years since the Deepwater Horizon disaster that killed 11 people and unleashed oil into the Gulf of Mexico for 87 days. Scientists dove to the Gulf floor for the first time since 2010 to determine how marine life is recovering. Chip Reid reports.

Video and Podcasts ECOGIG Deep Sea Life: Corals, Fish, Invertebrates

Dr. Chuck Fisher describes his research examining the fascinating and long-lived deep sea corals impacted by effects of the Deepwater Horizon explosion.

Video and Podcasts ECOGIG Fiberoptic Multicorer

Watch this successful collection of deep sea sediment cores during 7+ foot waves on a recent research cruise in the Gulf of Mexico. The Science team from National Institute for Undersea Science and Technology and Mississippi Mineral Resources Institute deployed a deep sea multicoring device in 1200 meters of water depth, attached to a fiberoptic Read More

Video and Podcasts ECOGIG Landers Technology Development

ECOGIG scientists Dr. Chris Martens and Dr. Geoff Wheat talk about Landers, a new technology developed at the University of Mississippi that allows scientists to study the ocean floor at great depths. Most of the area around the Deepwater Horizon spill ranges from 900 to 2000 meters below the surface of the Gulf. Landers are Read More

Video and Podcasts ECOGIG Marine Snow

Dr. Uta Passow describes ECOGIG research on the phenomena known as Marine Snow, with footage from a recent cruise by Dr. Passow and colleagues Dr. Arne Dierks and Dr. Vernon Asper. Oil released in 2010 from the Deepwater Horizon explosion floated upwards, and then some of this oil sank towards the seafloor as part of Read More

Video and Podcasts ECOGIG Remote Sensing & Modeling

ECOGIG scientists Dr. Ian MacDonald and Dr. Ajit Subramaniam describe their work monitoring the health of the Gulf of Mexico via remote sensing. Using images from satellites and small aircraft flown by volunteers, MacDonald looks for signs of surface oil, which could be the result of a natural seep, anthropogenic seeps—chronic oil leaks from ongoing Read More

Video and Podcasts ECOGIG in 60 Seconds

Dr. Katy Croff Bell, Chief Scientist of the EV Nautilus crew, explains the mission of ECOGIG.

Video and Podcasts ECOGIG and EV Nautilus inspire Kids with ROVs

“It was really cool, because I want to be marine biologist when I grow older. So being able to see this and experience the boat and the submarines and how to work them and stuff like that, it was eye awakening. I really want to do this now.” As the Nautilus prepared to launch for Read More

Video and Podcasts ECOGIG: Imaging Deep-Water Corals

As part of the ECOGIG project, the E/V Nautilus made its way to the site of the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill to image affected corals. Using the ROV Hercules’ BEAST CAM, the scientists are able to capture extremely high resolution pictures. These pictures will be used to show change over time and growth Read More

Video and Podcasts ECOGIG ROVs in STEM education

ECOGIG’s Dr. Chuck Fisher describes the use of ROVs in researching deep sea corals in the Gulf of Mexico, and Ocean Exploration Trust’s Dr. Bob Ballard explains the powerful impacts of ROVs in STEM education, as shown during a recent visit onboard the EV Nautilus by members of the Girls and Boys Club of the Read More

Video and Podcasts ECOGIG and EV Nautilus inspire Kids with ROVs

“It was really cool, because I want to be marine biologist when I grow older. So being able to see this and experience the boat and the submarines and how to work them and stuff like that, it was eye awakening. I really want to do this now.” As the Nautilus prepared to launch for Read More

Citizen ScienceVideo and Podcasts Science at the Stadium launching at UGA home football games! Sciencee at the Stadium

  UGA’s Dr. Samantha Joye launches a new ECOGIG public outreach series “Science at the Stadium”, designed to educate fans attending home football games about oceanography and the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem.

Video and Podcasts ALVIN dive ops, near the BP Welllhead- 2010

This is how ALVIN research dives Happen – this one just after the Deepwater Horizon explosion in the Gulf of Mexico. Credit T. Lanagan WHOI 2010.

Video and Podcasts ALVIN Flyby 2010

Flyby of ALVIN at bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, near Macondo wellhead. Credit: S. Joye 2010

Fact Sheets Scientists in the Schools sis

Interactive visits to middle school classrooms by Deep-C scientists and educators Click to download PDF… Click for more Deep-C Consortium fact sheets…

Fact Sheets Oil-Eating Microbes microbes

Naturally occurring microbes in the ocean feed on the hydrocarbons in oil. Click to download PDF… Click for more Deep-C Consortium fact sheets…

Fact Sheets Tiny Drifters: Plankton plankton

What are plankton? Why is plankton important? How did the oil spill affect Gulf plankton? Click to download PDF… Click for more Deep-C Consortium fact sheets…

Fact Sheets Deepwater Sharks sharks

Information about the bluntnose sixgill shark, one of the most common species in the Gulf Click to download PDF… Click for more Deep-C Consortium fact sheets…

Fact Sheets 2015 Annual ROV Training & Competition rovcompetition

Students from middle and high schools vying for ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) domination Click to download PDF… Click for more Deep-C Consortium fact sheets…

Fact Sheets Gulf Oil Observers goo

Deep-C’s citizen scientist initiative connecting high school students to ongoing oil spill research Click to download PDF… Click for more Deep-C Consortium fact sheets…

Fact Sheets The SailBuoy Project sailbuoy

Experimenting with a new marine device used for scientific observations in the Gulf of Mexico Click to download PDF… Click for more Deep-C Consortium fact sheets…

Fact Sheets Oil Fingerprinting & Degradation oilfingerprinting

What is oil? How does oil “weathering” occur? And what can oil samples tell us? Click to download PDF… Click for more Deep-C Consortium fact sheets…

Fact Sheets Deepwater Corals corals

What are corals? Where and how do they live? What are the threats to Gulf corals? Click to download PDF… Click for more Deep-C Consortium fact sheets…

Publication Highlights Study Reveals Mix of Resilience and Vulnerability of Oiled Marsh Grass marsh-grass_2097

Louisiana State University scientists simulated Deepwater Horizon oiling scenarios with a dominant Mississippi River Delta marsh reed and analyzed its reaction to oil exposure. They found that Phragmites australis, the common reed, had a high tolerance to above-ground oiling but not to below-ground oiling, which reduced the reed’s growth and function. They published their findings Read More

Publication Highlights Study Shows Extended Footprint of Oil Spill Impact on Corals coral_2104

Scientists widened their study scope of deep-sea coral communities after finding oil-impacted coral near the Deepwater Horizon site. They documented corals with a distinctive visible pathology indicative of recent damage from water borne toxins on coral located twice as far from and in 50% deeper waters than the impacted coral they initially found near the Read More

GoMRI Students Grad Student Chen Knows Ants Are More Than Just Bugs – They’re Oil Detectors! Xuan (right) and Ben Adams, AKA “Max,” (left) collect insects in Louisiana marshes using a vacuum. (Photo provided by Xuan Chen)

Can watching ants really contribute to understanding an oil spill? Yes, it can! Ants have acted as indicators of environmental change in the past. After oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill entered his research sites, Xuan Chen began uncovering new ways that ants can act as bioindicators of oil’s presence in and impacts on Louisiana Read More

Publication Highlights Study Extends Precise Analysis of Oxygenated Products in Weathered Oil 2501

A large team of scientists used a combination of complex, cutting-edge-science testing methods to expand the understanding of the chemical components present in weathered oil. They completed a detailed molecular analysis of oiled sand found on beaches near Pensacola, Florida following the Deepwater Horizon spill and identified tens of thousands of oxygenated compounds. The researchers Read More