Monthly Archives: April 2016

Student Activities C-IMAGE Recycles Test Tubes through Art

For every marine sediment sample from the Gulf of Mexico (GoM) that C-IMAGE PI David Hastings processes with his students, he generates four (4) plastic disposable test tubes. He prefers not to re-use them since the trace element analysis is sensitive to very low levels of contamination. That Dr. Hastings’ lab is generating substantial plastic waste in Read More

GoMRI Students Grad Student Robinson Follows Little Blue Crabs for Bigger Food Web Picture 2978f

Elizabeth Robinson studies blue crab’s role in the northern Gulf of Mexico food web, looking closely at how Deepwater Horizon oil might have affected the natural predator-prey balance. Many people who hear the phrase ‘marine life’ typically think first about big ocean animals like whales and dolphins. Elizabeth explained why smaller marine animals – like Read More

Lesson Plans K-6th Grade Lesson Plan: Taking Science Deeper Activities deepend_wide_logo_squirt

The Deep Plagic Nekton Dynamics (DEEPEND) Consortium has created lesson plans for “Taking Science Deeper” Activities. Click the links below to download these lesson plans… Book 1: Introduction to the Deep Sea Book 2: Deep-Sea Animals Book 3: Hagfish Day! Book 4: Ocean Currents and Pollution Awareness For additional educational materials from DEEPEND, click here…. Kids Read More

Video and Podcasts Hey Kids! Did you know some fish can light up!! 2867

How do they do that? Watch Squirt’s video to find out how and why certain ocean dwellers produce their own light – called bioluminescence.  They use this ability of counterillumination to hide from predators. Want to know more?…  Visit our Kids Blog Video Credits: DEEPEND Consortium

Research StoriesVideo and Podcasts Ten Outstanding Education Products Six Years After Deepwater Horizon 2912_sm

Communicating oil spill research is essential to improve society’s understanding about spills and their ability to respond to and mitigate them. The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) has been funding spill-related research since 2010. Here are ten outstanding education products and resources that GoMRI and its science community have developed to share what they Read More

Fact Sheets Fiddler Crabs of the Gulf of Mexico: Fact Sheet by CWC 2860a

Want to know more about the fiddler crab? Click here to download the Coastal Waters Consortium (CWC) Fact Sheet on the Fiddler Crab’s habitat, food sources, behavior, cultural common name, and many more interesting facts. Over the years, students who have participated in Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) Estuarine Awaremess and Discovery (LEAD) Camp and Field Marine Read More

Student Activities ACER answers the question: What are Ecosystem Services? 2853a

In this installment of Word Wednesday by the Alabama Center for Ecological Resilience (ACER), we answer the question: What are ecosystem services? As humans, we sometimes underestimate the importance of intact and healthy ecosystems. Simply by their physical presence and normal day-to-day functioning, healthy, intact ecosystems benefit humans. These benefits are known as ecosystem services. For Read More

Lesson PlansStudent Activities DEEPEND visits New River Middle School 2848a

Story posted by Nina Pruzinsky on DEEPEND’s BLOG On Friday, March 4, 2016, Mike Novotny and Nina Pruzinsky visited Mr. Kyle Lendick’s 6th grade Marine Science classes at New River Middle School. The three classes spent several weeks completing DEEPEND’s grade 6-8 lesson plans (found in the Education/Outreach section under Education, Resources, Lesson Plans) before Read More

Video and Podcasts CONORDE Animation Describes Drifter Paths CONCORDE

The short clip tracks the paths of drifters released from the Mobile Bay area during the CONCORDE’s Spring Research Campaign. See below for video to learn more about the drifter deployment. This animation was created by Jeff Coogan who works with CONCORDE investigator Dr. Brian Dzwonkowski at Dauphin Island Sea Lab.  

Student Activities RECOVER at Turtlefest 2016 2827a

Lela Schlenker and Georgina Cox manned the RECOVER table at the 13th Annual TurtleFest hosted by the Loggerhead Marinelife Center on Saturday March 19th in Juno Beach, Florida. They were able to speak with attendees about the widespread research the RECOVER Consortium is performing nationally, as well as their individual research projects out of the Read More

Lesson PlansStudent Activities SeaGlide Educator Workshop, 2016 2816a

Twenty teachers turn water bottles into mini SeaGliders The research and science behind projects like LADC-GEMM can often seem high-brow, inaccessible, and even confusing.   So, one of the ways the LADC-GEMM project aims to demystify ocean science is by using the popularity of robotic ocean gliders – like our charismatic “Otis” and “Clyde”- to engage teachers Read More

Research StoriesVideo and Podcasts Sneak Peek Screening of Dispatches from the Gulf video_announcement

Six Years After the Largest Oil Spill in U.S. History A New Film By Marilyn & Hal Weiner. Narrated By Matt Damon. April 20, 2016 @ 2 pm & 7 pm EDT Tune to our Live Stream channel to watch: _________________________________________________________________________________ Dispatches From The Gulf investigates the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Featuring Read More

GoMRI ScientistsResearch Stories Using Acoustics to Monitor Oil and Gas from Deep Natural Seafloor Seeps 2784a

There is a lot of action at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico. A turbulent mixed layer of water and sediment particles known as the bottom boundary layer circulates counterclockwise across the seafloor, flowing against the water above. Meanwhile, oil and gas naturally seep into this active environment from the seafloor. Scientists are investigating Read More

GoMRI ScientistsResearch Stories LASER Focus Advances Knowledge of How Gulf of Mexico Water Moves 2758a_sm

CARTHE conducts unprecedented experiment to improve oil fate models. Predictions for decisions – our world relies on them, from daily weather to annual financial forecasts. Predictions, though, are only as good as the information that goes into making them. And those predictions carry even more weight when they involve human safety in situations like storm Read More

Lesson PlansLinksVideo and Podcasts DISPATCHES FROM THE GULF DOCUMENTARY 2726_dispatches-flyer

Screenscope, Inc. has completed production of the Dispatches from the Gulf documentary film, which features scientists working to better understand the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Dispatches from the Gulf is the newest episode in the Journey to Planet Earth series and is narrated by Matt Damon. Screenings location and dates of the Read More

GoMRI ScientistsResearch Stories What Can Horse Flies Tell Us About Marsh Health? 2718a

Greenhead horse fly larvae live in Spartina marshes and are the top predator in the coastal wetlands invertebrate food chain between Texas and Nova Scotia. Drs. Lane Foil and Claudia Husseneder discovered reduced genetic variation and severe declines in adult and larval horse fly populations living in oiled marshes, which showed that the horse flies Read More

Publication Highlights Study Improves Knowledge about Dispersants’ Net Effect on Oil Fate 2707a

←Visualization of oil droplet and water mixing processes. Under a breaking wave, oil is entrained and broken into various-sized droplets and distributed. While the oil droplets are suspended, the wind helps move the slick. Droplets resurface upwind from their original location, the distance depending on the suspension time. A droplet’s rise speed is determined by Read More

Student Activities CWC to Hold Field Marine Science Research Camp 2696a

The camp will allow students grades 9 – 12 to gain practical and real world experience conducting field research in south Louisiana coastal marshes while learning how to effectively communicate their research.  Dates: July 17-23, 2016 Register by June 15! Application to FMS must include: Completed application form Letter of recommendation from a current teacher One page essay Read More

Teachers and Students DEEPEND Researcher Brings the Deep Sea to High School Classroom 2687a

Mike Novotny recently visited an environmental science class at Sheridan Technical High School to talk about the world’s largest biome, the deep sea. He explained the challenges, organisms, and adaptations of the deep sea’s unique ecosystems and passed around specimens of strange deep-sea creatures. Click for more information….

Citizen Science CONCORDE Teaches Research Techniques to Local Fishers 2681a

Consortium representatives recently partnered with the Mississippi Coalition of Vietnamese American Fisherfolk and Families to teach Mississippi Coast fishermen how they can measure temperature and salinity with depth. The fishermen will use their vessels to collect data as part of CONCORDE’S Spring Research Campaign.     Click for more information….

Teachers and Students Get to Know C-IMAGE Student of the Month Adriana Gaytán-Caballero 2673a

Adriana Gaytán-Caballero studies the natural hydrocarbon seepages on the Campeche knolls as a graduate student at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Special note:  This story is presented in both Spanish and English. Learn more about Andriana’s research and growth as a scientist here. “Working with C-IMAGE II cruise team was an excellent experience and opportunity to Read More