Monthly Archives: December 2015

Publication Highlights Study Identifies Molecular Fingerprints for Tracking Oil and Dispersant Fate Seidel_2221

An international science team examined the effects of dispersant on the activity and composition of oil-degrading marine microorganisms.The researchers found that the biodegraded oil-derived compounds exhibited a specific molecular composition that distinguished them from naturally occurring dissolved organic matter. The presence of dispersants combined with available nutrients may have affected the type of organic compounds Read More

GoMRI ScientistsResearch Stories How Scientists are Monitoring the Harmful Algal Bloom Algal_Bloom_2166

It’s a catchy name, but the common phrase “Red Tide” for the algal bloom happening right now in the northern Gulf of Mexico is not quite right, scientifically. The bloom is not always red and it’s not always related to tides. However, the name does invoke a sense of concern about a potential threat to Read More

Publication Highlights Study Suggests Coastal Marine Animals Assimilated Carbon from Deepwater Horizon Chanton_2225

Scientists measured radiocarbon levels in coastal invertebrates and fishes (such as oysters and catfish) to evaluate impacts from the 2010 oil spill on Gulf of Mexico food webs. The researchers observed significantly lower radiocarbon (C14) values, the depletion of which is used as an indicator of carbon from petroleum reservoirs, in species collected from heavily Read More

GoMRI Students Grad Student Chancellor Estimates Deepwater Horizon Impacts on Larval Fish Chancellor_2210

Emily Chancellor is applying her engineering and computer science background to a field that inspires her – marine science – focusing on how the oil spill may have impacted larval fish populations. Emily recently completed her masters in marine resource assessment at the University of South Florida (USF) and is a GoMRI scholar with the Read More

Video and Podcasts DEEPEND Video Explores Deep Sea Pressure sea-pressure_2069

  This short clip, “The Pressure’s On!”, by the Oceanscape Network uses a deep-water experiment involving SCUBA divers and chicken eggs to explain the mechanisms and potential danger of underwater pressure.   Check out the clip below to learn more! Narrated by Marsh Myers…

Publication Highlights Study: Nitrogen Enhances Microbial Oil Degradation oil-degradation_2081

Scientists from Brown University and the University of Rhode Island investigated how Alcanivorax borkumensis, a dominate bacterium in marine environments that contain high hydrocarbon levels, can be supported to naturally degrade oil. The researchers found that A. borkumensis grew faster when the oil-water interface was supplemented with dissolved organic nitrogen. Nitrogen reduced the time it Read More

GoMRI Scientists ECOGIG researchers named ASLO sustaining fellows ASLO fellows_2076

ECOGIG researchers Dr. Samantha Joye (University of Georgia) and Dr. Uta Passow (University of Santa Barbara) were recently named Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) sustaining fellows. The ASLO Fellows program was initiated in 2015 to honor ASLO members who have advanced the aquatic sciences via their exceptional contributions to the benefit of Read More

Video and Podcasts WUSF Hosts Radio Interview with C-IMAGE Researchers C-IMAGE interview_2063

 WUSF’s Steve Newborn talks with two scientists who are involved in the study, Dana Wetzel of Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota and Ben Prueitt of the C-IMAGE research consortium. The study could have lasting impacts on our knowledge of how oil and dispersants used during the BP spill affects life in the Gulf of Mexico. Click on Read More