Monthly Archives: June 2015

Video and Podcasts Video Presentations Available from the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference Sunset in the Gulf off the coast of Alabama. (Photo credit: Oceana/Carlos Suarez)

Click here to watch the conference presentations about research that helps answer “what have we learned, what does it mean, and how can it be used?”  (Photo Credit: Oceans/Carlos Suarez) This year’s event was especially significant as the Principal Investigators ofeight GoMRI consortia presented highlights during the opening plenary from their groups’ three-year research efforts. Read More

GoMRI Scientists Smithsonian’s Five Questions with Biological Oceanographer Uta Passow Uta Passow hopes to better understand the movement of carbon in the Gulf of Mexico. (Photo Credit: ECOGIG)

Phytoplankton are active organic carbon producers and help drive the processes that move carbon from the ocean surface to the sea floor. Scientists are investigating impacts from the sudden large input of carbon from the Deepwater Horizon spill on this important biological cycle. The Smithsonian Ocean Portal recently featured Uta Passow with the University of Read More

Student ActivitiesTeachers and Students National Ocean Science Bowl winners get a taste of life on a research ship National Ocean Science Bowl Winners

This year’s National Ocean Science Bowl finalists got a treat at the end of the April 2015 competition held in Ocean Springs, MS. ECOGIG co-principal investigator Dr. Vernon Asper of the University of Southern Mississippi hosted the finalists for an afternoon aboard the research vesselPoint Sur, which was just returning from its six-day research cruise in Read More

Publication Highlights Study Identifies Short-Term Changes in Plankton Communities after Oil Spill Hernandez_JohnRansom-DrFilman_plankton1467

Scientists from the University of Southern Mississippi and Sultan Qaboos University assessed community responses to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill using data from a long-term plankton survey off the Alabama coast. ←USM graduate student John Ransom (left) and postdoctoral researcher Dr. Jesse Filbrun (right) prepare to deploy the multinet sampler during a cruise off the Read More

Publication Highlights Study Estimates Subsea Dispersant Marginally Reduced Surface Oil MGP-UWA-EMI-1397

Scientists at the University of Miami and the University of Western Australia measured oil droplet size and simulated oil dispersion under conditions similar to those at the Deepwater Horizon wellhead. ← Researchers used this autoclave apparatus with an external camera that visually captured oil droplets in water. (Photo provided by Zachary Aman) The authors reported that, Read More

Citizen ScienceStudent ActivitiesTeachers and Students Bob The Drifter Inspires Singapore Classroom to Conduct Oil Spill Research Experiment Students first created their drifter design on an iPad before constructing it in real life. (Provided by: Jenny Harter)

A fourth grade class at Singapore American School found Bob the Drifter and the CARTHE science group while researching ocean science and pollution online. CARTHE’s drifter experiments, GLAD and SCOPE, are helping scientists understand how ocean surface currents move pollutants such as oil. CARTHE’s visually-engaging experiments and their animated, data-gathering mascot “Bob” motivated these young students Read More

GoMRI Students Grad Student Owoseni Uses Small Particles to Tackle Large Spills Sehinde, at the Tulane University Coordinated Instrumentation Facility, sits beside the scanning electron microscope he uses to image halloysite nanotubes and oil droplets stabilized by them. (Photo by Chike Ezeh)

An interest in oil spill research led Olasehinde Owoseni from Ile-Ife, an ancient city in Nigeria, to the Louisiana coast. Such a change might seem intimidating, but Sehinde sees it is as a small step toward his greater goal. His research examines the use of miniscule clay particles for the development of safer and more Read More

Publication Highlights Study Describes Functional Diversity of Oil-Degrading Microbes in Coral and Sediment SimisterStudy_sediment_1478

Scientists from Haverford College examined Gulf of Mexico sediment and flocculent material (floc) associated with oil-impacted corals to study indigenous microbial communities and their oil degradation potential. ←Rachel Simister (lead author of the study) prepares sediment cores on a research cruise in the Gulf of Mexico. (Photo credit: H. White) They found high bacteria and Read More

Research Stories Scientists Coordinate Research with Responders in Santa Barbara Oil Spill Crews clean-up the oil using boom operations off the coast of Goleta, Calif., May 21, 2015. The clean-up operation for the spill began the evening of Tuesday May 19, 2015. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrea Anderson)

One of the most significant outcomes of the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) has been the fostering of a multi-disciplinary collaborative academic community ready to put science into practice. Members of the GoMRI community have been cultivating relationships with emergency responders so that science gets to the right people at the right time. These Read More