Monthly Archives: February 2016

Video and Podcasts RECOVER Clip Discusses Importance of Location to Oil Spill Research RECOVER

Relationships of Effects of Cardiac Outcomes in fish for Validation of Ecological Risk (RECOVER) scientist Andrew Esbaugh explains why the area surrounding Corpus Christi and Port Aransas, TX, is ideal to study the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Student Activities ECOGIG Announces Ocean Discovery Summer Camp 2477

The June 2016 camp is open to students grades 4-9 and will use hands-on exploration, projects, and crafts to promote scientific literacy, introduce marine science research tools and technology, and highlight the importance of a healthy ocean.  (open through April 15)! Looking for a fun, exciting and educational camp for summer 2016? Sign up for the Read More

Student Activities CWC to Host Art & Science Summer Camp 2470

Campers grades 8-12 will become both scientists and artists as they engage in science-based exploration of coastal marshes and translate their observations and experiences into works of art. Register today! Contact: Murt Conover mconover@lumcon.edu or call (985) 851-2860 Cost: $150/Student   No experience needed…  only a willing mind!  

Fact Sheets Sea Grant Publishes Two New Oil Spill Outreach Brochures 2454a

Top 5 Frequently Asked Questions about the Deepwater Horizon oil spill Five years after the incident, tourists to the Gulf of Mexico still have questions about the oil spill. This publication addresses how the oil was cleaned up, where the oil moved in the environment, and the ecological and health impacts of the spill. Navigating Shifting Read More

Research Stories CONCORDE Blog Informs Readers on Glider Research 2435

An update to the CONCORDE blog documents the latest deployment of the RU31 glider. Researchers Travis Miles and Oscar Schofield used the glider to document temperature, salinity, colored dissolved organic matter, density, chlorophyll, and oxygen saturation. Click here to view the blog….

GoMRI Scientists CARTHE Blogs Document Researchers’ At-Sea Lifestyle 2427

Graduate student Nathan Laxague’s recent posts to the CARTHE blog describe the methods, experiences, and challenges of researchers working on the ongoing LASER expedition. You can read his entries here and here to keep up with the project’s development.   Excerpt from the CARTHE Blog….  “… Walton Smith is somewhere off the middle Keys, dressed to the nines with fancy Read More

Video and Podcasts DEEPEND Releases Deep Sea Amphipod Video

The short video depicts a small crustacean called an amphipod, which uses large claws to not only eat its prey but also use their resources to build a gelatinous home around itself. You can watch the video and read a bit more about amphipods here. Deep sea amphipod!Here we have a video of a deep sea Read More

Research Stories ECOGIG Maps Naturally Occurring Gulf of Mexico Seeps ecogiglogo

Researchers recently developed a comprehensive analysis Gulf oil and determined how much came from natural or Deepwater Horizon sources. They used their findings to map the locations of active natural oil seeps.   For more information…  The entire paper can be found at: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2015JC011062/full

Research Stories Researchers Seek New Insights from Decades-Old Spill C-IMAGE_Ixtoc-I_2279a

The Ixtoc I blowout happened in the Bay of Campeche over thirty-five years ago, so why are scientists studying this spill now? Because understanding what happened to Ixtoc I oil may help predict if and how Deepwater Horizon oil will degrade, persist, and impact northern Gulf of Mexico ecosystems over the next few decades. A Read More

Research Stories Discovering Vibrant, Dynamic Life in the Deep Gulf of Mexico Deepend_Melanocetus-johnsoni_Y-WEB

DEEPEND expands knowledge as a restoration tool for the Gulf’s largest ecosystem Much uncertainty remains about impacts on the deep-sea environment from the 2010 oil spill that erupted more than 5,000 feet below the sea surface. However, knowing what was affected or what may change in the future is particularly difficult with little to no Read More

Teachers and Students RECOVER Attends Surfrider Conference 2401

RECOVER Researchers recently attended the Surfrider Foundation’s 2015 Florida State Conference to discuss their research and answer questions about the post-spill fate of mahi-mahi and red drum. The Surfrider Foundation is a nonprofit that aims to protect the world’s oceans, waves, and beaches through a powerful activist network. For more information….  

Teachers and Students CONCORDE to Host Spring Teacher Workshop 2393a

Workshop Details Date: March 12, 2016 Time: 8:30 – 4:30 p.m. Additional Info: This event will take place at USM Gulf Coast Research Lab in Ocean Springs, MS. The upcoming March 12th workshop will allow teachers to learn more about oil spill research’s current findings, interact with a consortium researcher, and develop future lesson plans focusing on Deepwater Read More

Video and Podcasts C-IMAGE Releases Two New Podcast Episodes podcast

The Loop: Stories from the Gulf is Mind Open Media’s podcast focusing on the Gulf’s mud, microbes, and mammals post-Deepwater Horizon. Episodes 7 and 8, which focus on the Gulf’s big blowouts and C-IMAGE’s Ixtoc-I expedition respectively, can be heard here.

Research Stories CARTHE Webpage Features LASER Experiment 2378

The LAgrangian Submesoscale ExpeRiment (LASER) now has its own home on the consortium website. For information about the experiment’s design and progress, visit the LASER homepage and check out the CARTHE blog.  

Teachers and Students ACER Engages Local Teachers to Reach K-12 Students 2371

The Alabama Center for Ecological Resilience (ACER) Teacher Advisory Group is a team of local science teachers who will work with the consortium’s Educational Team to increase students’ interest in and understanding of the northern Gulf of Mexico. More Information…. http://acer.disl.org/news/2016/02/02/working-with-the-experts/ The goals of ACER’s Education Team include communicating the importance of the northern Gulf of Mexico and the Read More

Citizen ScienceTeachers and Students CWC Announces “Connecting to the Marsh through Art” Workshop 2363b

RECONNECT WITH THE COAST WHAT: Gulf Lagniappe Workshop – Connecting to the marsh through art WHEN: FEBRUARY 27th 9am-2pm WHERE: LUMCON’s DeFelice Marine Center WHO: Adults 18 years and older COST: $20/person – – lunch and art supplies are provided This one day workshop is for anyone that has an interest in learning more about Read More

Publication Highlights Study Shows Raindrops Push Oil Spill Pollutants into Air and Below Sea Surface 2358a

Scientists at Johns Hopkins University used high-speed imaging and digital holography in laboratory experiments to investigate the effects of raindrops falling on a simulated oil slick. They observed an increase in the number of ejected droplets when the oil slick was introduced. The number of aerosolized oil droplets increased as the slick layer thickened, and Read More