Monthly Archives: March 2016

GoMRI Students Grad Student Timm Tracks Crustacean’s Oil Spill Recovery 2657a

Laura Timm examines connections among shellfish ecology and evolution to help scientists understand how the Deepwater Horizon oil spill affected certain Gulf of Mexico species: “My work focuses on establishing pre-spill baselines and comparing them to samples taken 3-7 years after the oil spill, providing a timeline of crustacean recovery.” Pursuing a Ph.D. in biology Read More

Publication Highlights Study Shows OilingHas Multiple Subtle Negative Effects on Submerged Vegetation 2666a

Scientists conducted experiments to assess oil exposure effects on Ruppa maritima, a common underwater plant species in Gulf of Mexico estuaries. They observed that plant roots in oiled sediment did not grow as deeply and were uprooted more easily compared to control plots. Oil-exposed Ruppia flowered less, reducing its ability to reproduce, although plant height Read More

Student Activities Smithsonian Features Blog about Sharing Gulf of Mexico Big Data 2632

The Smithsonian Ocean Portal posted a blog that describes the needs and challenges of sharing scientific data, especially unique data collected after a disaster such as the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Featured are insights from Marcia McNutt, Editor-in-Chief of Science Magazine, and Chuck Wilson, Chief Scientist for the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative. The blog Read More

Video and Podcasts Screenscope Releases Trailer for “Dispatches from the Gulf” Dispatches From The Gulf (Credit: Screenscope)

The event initiated an unprecedented response effort and mobilized the largest, coordinated scientific research endeavor around an ocean-related event in history; the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI). The Screenscope film production company is developing “Dispatches from the Gulf” to help tell the story about the scientists involved and their research to improve society’s ability Read More

Video and Podcasts Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Impact on Fish Populations Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Impact on Fish Populations

Amy Wallace, a PhD student at the University of South Florida working with the Center for the Integrated Modeling and Analysis of Gulf Ecosystems (C-IMAGE), examines the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill impact on Fish Populations by examining fish allantois, odiliths (ear stones), and eye lenses. She recently published a paper “Stable Isotopes in Fish Eye Read More

GoMRI ScientistsVideo and Podcasts What inspired these people to become scientists? Why Science

What inspired these people to become scientists? Everyone has a different path. What led to your interest in science? Share you thoughts at: “Dispatches from the Gulf” is a new Journey to Planet Earth episode showing how scientists confront the challenges of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The documentary also investigates the impact of the Read More

Video and Podcasts Cheng Li Studies Oil Breakup using a Wave Tank Cheng Li Studies Oil Breakup using a Wave Tank

Cheng Li studies oil breakup using a wave tank.  He is a PhD student at Johns Hopkins University. Part of his studies includes examining the fate of oil in oceanic flows and what wave breaking does to oil droplets with and without dispersants. Cheng designed the wave tank used at Johns Hopkins for DROPPS research. Read More

GoMRI ScientistsVideo and Podcasts Meet Steve Murawski Meet Steve Murawski

Meet Steve Murawski, researcher with C-IMAGE and the University of South Florida, uses longline fishing to sample fish communities and track their recovery post-Deepwater Horizon event. “Dispatches from the Gulf” is a new Journey to Planet Earth episode showing how scientists confront the challenges of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The documentary also investigates the Read More

Video and Podcasts Fish treadmills test swim performance! RECOVER

  RECOVER Releases Final Video in UTMSI Series Watch the clip to hear scientist Jacob Johansen describe how he uses “fish treadmills” to analyze how oil exposure can affect red drum’s swim performance.  

Citizen Science ECOGIG Inspires Future Oceanographers! 2621

The Spring Boy Scouts Advance-A-Rama (AAR) program has been conducted for over 25 years by volunteers from the Northeast Georgia Council’s Cherokee District. The AAR is hosted by the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia. In recent years, over 200 scouts from troops in Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, and Read More

GoMRI Scientists A Day in the Life of a DROPPSter drops logo

New DROPPS Researchers at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute The New Year brings new talent to the Dispersion Research on Oil: Physics and Plankton Studies (DROPPS) consortia! Since last fall, DROPPS has added three new post-doctoral researchers and one PhD student to the team at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute (UTMSI). Read More

Student Activities CWC to Host Field Technology and Engineering Camp 2610b

LUMCON in Cocodrie, LouisianaCoastal Water Consortium (CWC) & Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) are offering students an opportunity to gain practical experience in the technology and engineering involved in coastal wetland research. Participants of this hands-on camp will be learning about technologies that are essential to field scientists. Students of this camp will learn programs Read More

LinksStudent Activities Sea Grant to Host Two Oil Spill Seminars in April 2016 seagrant_logo

Click to view Information on Sea Grant Oil Spill Seminars in April 2016 These seminars will be streaming live so you can participate remotely. April 6 in Austin, TX:  Chilling with your chums: How did the oil spill impact Gulf fisheries? Register here. More info here. April 14 in Mobile, AL:  Where did the oil go? Register here.  More info here.

Publication Highlights Study Links Recovery of Oiled Marsh with Return of Salt Marsh Vegetation 2641

Scientists studied the relationship between the resiliency of Louisiana salt marsh plants, invertebrates, and microbes in heavily-oiled sediment after the Deepwater Horizon spill. The numbers and diversity of many small invertebrates associated with Spartina alterniflora roots had rebounded three years after the spill. This response indicates a strong link between recovery of Spartina and the food-web Read More

GoMRI Students Grad Student Rogers Traces Gulf Oil as Scientific CSI 2573a

  Kelsey Rogers looks for evidence of oil and methane intrusion into Gulf of Mexico water and sediment, but finding these hydrocarbons is only the beginning of her work. Like a scientific crime scene investigator, Kelsey analyzes the chemical fingerprints of oil and gas and uses them to identify their source, such as from an Read More

GoMRI ScientistsResearch Stories Creating Improved Dispersants and Delivery Systems for Oil Spill Mitigation 2592a300

Research about commercial dispersant safety has seen increased efforts to identify benign alternatives and improve current dispersant systems since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Preliminary research suggests that dispersants formulated as gels may be a viable alternative to liquid dispersants and may address certain problems and concerns about Corexit 9500 use and application. The Gulf Read More

Video and Podcasts RECOVER Releases Episodes 2 and 3 of UMTSI Series video_icon

Two new installments in the series of short videos describing consortium research at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute are now available online. Watch the two videos shown below 1.) “Gone Fishing: Catching Red Drum for Science” to see how researchers catch red drum for breeding and 2.) “Fish Tattoos” to learn more about Read More

Video and Podcasts ECOGIG-2 Features Animated Short for #FilmFridays

Our seafloors are alive! seastars, octopus, fish and many other ocean animals swim, crawl and thrive among vibrant… Posted by Oceana on Thursday, February 18, 2016

Citizen ScienceStudent Activities Sharing Oil Spill Science with Non-Scientists: Effectively Communicating Complex Research Results through Outreach and Education Programs Outreach_Workshop_GOMOSES_300

The four Sea Grant Programs in the Gulf of Mexico region, the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative, and the Consortium for Ocean Leadership jointly co-hosted an outreach workshop at the 2016 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science conference on February 1 in Tampa, FL called Sharing Oil Spill Science with Non-Scientists: Effectively Communicating Read More

Citizen Science CONCORDE Begins Fisher Outreach Program during Fall Campaign Heather Dippold (left- CONCORDE Education & Outreach) meets with Peter Nguyen ( right close- Mississippi State University Coastal Research and Extension Center) and Captain Nguyen (far right) to discuss data collection and the community meeting. Photo credit: Jessica Kastler

While CONCORDE researchers sampled the northern Gulf to determine the paths and impacts of river outflow, a pair of citizen scientists, also commercial fishers, assisted from their own vessels. Hoang Nguyen Van of D’Iberville, Mississippi, and George Barisich of Ycloskey, Louisiana—Captain Nguyen and Captain George—took readings during the Fall Campaign as a carefully planned part Read More

GoMRI Students Grad Student Pinales Designs “Smart” Oil-Spill Detection Tool 2534_a

Juan Pinales is working on a computational modelling system that will aid oil spill monitoring efforts. He combines Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data and oceanographic conditions recorded during theDeepwater Horizon incident to improve surface oil detection using a semi-automated machine learning method known as artificial neural networking. This method will help the system’s computations “learn” Read More

Fact Sheets Sea Grant Releases Educational Brochures on Dispersants 2491

The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative is pleased to announce three new Sea Grant informational brochures about dispersants used during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. These brochures synthesize peer-reviewed oil spill science for a broad range of general audiences, particularly those who live and work across the Gulf Coast.   Chemical Dispersants and Their Role in Read More