Monthly Archives: January 2015

GoMRI Students Grad Student Tominack Answers “What is Normal?” for Gulf’s Smallest Organisms Sarah transfers DNA samples from single-cell organisms in the lab at University of West Florida. (Photo credit: Richard Snyder)

To show how the Deepwater Horizon oil spill impacted the Gulf of Mexico, Sarah Tominack is going back to basics. She feels that for scientists to quickly identify the Gulf in distress, they must have a better picture of what “normal” looks like, particularly for microscopic single-celled organisms at the marine food web base called Read More

Citizen ScienceGoMRI Scientists A Match Made in Florida: Citizens and Scientists Team Up for Research and Education 2138a

What do CARTHE, the International SeaKeepers Society, and Fleet Miami have in common? Ocean research! Last September, CARTHE researchers from the University of Miami Rosenstiel School partnered with SeaKeepers and Fleet Miami to widen the reach of ocean and oil spill research in the local community. The alliance led a three-day expedition aboard a 54-foot Read More

ProjectsVideo and Podcasts ACER Consortium: Education and Outreach Alabama Center for Ecological Resilience

The Alabama Center for Ecological Resilience (ACER) Consortium came together to investigate how biodiversity influences an ecosystem’s ability to resist and recover from disturbance, specifically the ecosystems of the northern Gulf of Mexico to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Over the next 3 years, ACER scientists will conduct field and large scale manipulative lab Read More

ProjectsVideo and Podcasts ADDOMEx Consortium: Education and Outreach ADDOMEx

The Aggregation and Degradation of Dispersants and Oil by Microbial Exopolymers (ADDOMEx) consortium is funded by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative to investigate the impacts of spilled oil and dispersants on the formation of an extracellular matrix called EPS (exopolymeric substances) formed by marine microbes that is thought to be instrumental in determining the fate of Read More

GoMRI Students Grad Student Dannenberg is Unlocking Mysteries of Deepwater Coral Communities Richard Dannenberg on the R/V Falcor during an ROV dive to study Gulf coral beds. (Image credit: Schmidt Ocean Institute)

Deep below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico live vast canyons of coral. Recent news reports suggest that the Deepwater Horizon oil spill may have impacted the health of these corals. To find out, Richard Dannenberg is delving into their world, looking at the bacteria that live with the coral for clues about that Read More

ProjectsVideo and Podcasts C-IMAGE Consortium: Education and Outreach C-IMAGE-Logo

The Center for Integrated Modeling and Analysis of Gulf Ecosystems (C-IMAGE) is a research consortium of 19 U.S. and international partners focused on effects of oil spills on marine environments. The C-IMAGE consortium is currently in their second installment of funding from the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) in response to the Deepwater Horizon Read More

GoMRI ScientistsVideo and Podcasts Perspectives from the GoMRI Research Board Perspectives of GoMRI Research Board

BP put in place $500 million for research shortly after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill to understand the impacts from this incident and improve response to future events. But it would take much more than money to establish an independent research program that fulfills the highest scientific standards and meets the needs of various stakeholders. Read More

Projects C-MEDS Consortium: Education and Outreach reallogo

The Consortium for the Molecular Engineering of Dispersant Systems (C-MEDS) is a research collaboratory involving 43 investigators from 22 universities in the US. The Consortium is based on the premise that dispersants are an essential aspect in the effective management and mitigation of large oil releases from deep ocean environments. A key aspect of the Read More

ProjectsVideo and Podcasts CARTHE Consortium: Education and Outreach carthe_logo3

The Consortium for Advanced Research on Transport of Hydrocarbon in the Environment (CARTHE) studies ocean currents in the Gulf of Mexico in hopes that they will be able to predict where oil or other toxins may go in the event of a future spill. CARTHE’s outreach program disperses our scientific results to a wide audience and interactively Read More

ProjectsVideo and Podcasts CONCORDE Consortium: Education and Outreach CONCORDE

Coastal River-Dominated Ecosystems (CONCORDE) scientists explore water movements and organism distributions in the northern Gulf of Mexico to see how oil and dispersants from future oil spills might impact the biota. An important part of the scientific process—one as carefully planned as every experiment in a well-thought-out program—is how to share findings with the community who Read More

ProjectsVideo and Podcasts CRGC Consortium: Education and Outreach CRGC

The Consortium for Resilient Gulf Communities (CRGC) aims to reach and bridge community organizations and leaders, policy makers, and scholars by seeking to improve the understanding of and responses to hydrocarbon release disasters. By linking academic and practice institutions in our management model and integrating basic science and applied research, we will create products that are collectively Read More

ProjectsVideo and Podcasts CWC Consortium: Education and Outreach cwc_sm

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 Lead Administrative unit Read More

Projects Deep-C Consortium: Education and Outreach Deep-C_logo

  The nature of the Deepsea to Coast Connectivity in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico (Deep-C) Consortium — investigating the issues involved in understanding and protecting ecological communities in the Gulf of Mexico, and the opportunity to create models that make the interaction of the physical, chemical, and biological realms real — provide rich opportunities Read More

Publication Highlights Study Finds Three Ways for Oil Spill to Impact Gulf Seaweed Powers_SargassumMesocosm-225x169

Alabama scientists investigated oil spill effects on floating Sargassum, a critical seaweed habitat for many important Gulf species. They observed disappearance during and after the Deepwater Horizon spill and then conducted mesocosm experiments with Louisiana sweet crude oil and Corexit 9500 dispersant to test the fate of oiled Sargassum. They found that oil accumulated on Read More

ProjectsVideo and Podcasts DEEPEND Consortium: Education and Outreach DEEPEND

Deep-Pelagic Nekton Dynamics of the Gulf of Mexico (DEEPEND) is excited to share their science, teaching content, and exciting outreach programs with everyone over the next 3 years. Part of DEEPEND’s goal for a successful program is to have a robust education/outreach platform for anyone interested in learning more about the projects, the people and the Read More

ProjectsVideo and Podcasts DROPPS Consortium: Education and Outreach drops-upperleft_logo

The Dispersion Research on Oil: Physics and Plankton Studies (DROPPS) consortium brings together complementing experts from seven institutions in order to investigate and model several key processes involved with the dispersion of oil spills and interactions of oil with marine organisms. The experimental and numerical studies will be performed at varying scales and levels of complexity, Read More

ProjectsVideo and Podcasts ECOGIG Consortium: Education and Outreach ECOGIG LOGO

The Ecosystem Impacts of Oil and Gas Inputs to the Gulf (ECOGIG) consortium is committed to communicating its experience, observations, research, and data with other researchers, scholars, students, and the public through educational and outreach endeavors. The principal investigators engage students—from undergraduate to postdoc levels—in their research, assisting them in furthering their knowledge of the Read More

Projects GISR Consortium: Education and Outreach Gulf Integrated Spill Response Consortium

The vision of the Gulf Integrated Spill Response Consortium (GISR) is to understand and predict the fundamental behavior of petroleum fluids in the ocean environment. This capability is critical to inform decisions during response to oil spills and for development of mitigation plans, ultimately yielding significant environmental and financial savings. The Mission of this proposal is Read More

ProjectsVideo and Podcasts LADC-GEMM Consortium: Education and Outreach LADC-GEMM

The Littoral Acoustic Demonstration Center – Gulf Ecological Monitoring and Modeling (LADC-GEMM) consortium scientists have been collaborating through the LADC since 2001. The team will bring to GoMRI the experience of 14 years of continuous acoustic research in the northern GoM. The LADC-GEMM consortium members include the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, the University of New Read More

ProjectsVideo and Podcasts RECOVER Consortium: Education and Outreach RECOVER

The Relationships of Effects of Cardiac Outcomes in fish for Validation of Ecological Risk (RECOVER) Consortium consists of seven Co-PIs from four institutions: University of Miami, FL, University of Texas at Austin, Port Aransas, University of North Texas, and University of California, Riverside. It is the mission of RECOVER to better understand the toxic effect of Read More