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Fact SheetsMaterialsOutreach Sea Grant Brings Partnership with GoMRI to NOAA for Oil Spill Preparedness 3961

Friday April 28 Brown Bag Luncheon The Sea Grant Oil Spill Outreach Program is collaborating with NOAA entities to extend the two-way dialogue with sectors who were impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. A brown-bag lunch presentation will be held on Friday, April 28 at noon eastern time in Silver Spring, MD (NOAA Central Read More

Fact SheetsMaterialsOutreach Sea Grant Releases Brochure on Oil Spill Cleanup Technology Developments 3985

The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) is pleased to announce a new Sea Grant informational brochure that explores products currently available or in development to remove oil from water in future spills. The brochure Emerging Surfactants, Sorbents, and Additives for Use in Oil Spill Clean-Up addresses surfactants inspired by microbes, finding treasure in unexpected places (everyday Read More

GoMRI ScientistsGoMRI StudentsLesson PlansMaterialsOutreachStudent ActivitiesTeachers and Students Virtual Lab Creates More “Wow” Moments in Science Discovery 4009a

A child’s face lit up with wonder as she peered into a microscope for the first time and discovered a new world. Researchers at the Miami-based RECOVER consortium want experiences like this to happen more often for more students, so they designed and developed the RECOVER Virtual Lab. Now, scientists can engage students ages 8 Read More

MaterialsVideo and Podcasts C-IMAGE’s The Loop Podcast Highlights Deepwater Horizon’s Risks to Fish 4055

The podcast’s most recent episode features Mote Marine Laboratory’s Dana Wetzel and Kevan Main, who analyze how fish’s bodies recover after exposure to small oil doses in their food, water, or seafloor sediments. Wetzel, Main, and Matt Resley discuss how understanding the risks fish have during oil spills can assist oil spill response decisions. Read Read More

Fact SheetsMaterialsOutreach ACER Tool Talk Series Highlights SCAT Maps 4059

A Shoreline Cleanup and Assessment Technique (SCAT) map indicates the degree of oiling at a geographic location. SCAT teams survey shorelines to collect important data that will help them analyze the amount of necessary cleanup, choose cleanup techniques, and monitor clean up effectiveness. Read the full story here.

MaterialsVideo and Podcasts Screenscope Releases Trailer for “Dispatches from the Gulf-2″ 4050

The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative is pleased to announce the release of the Screenscope film production company’s trailer for “Dispatches from the Gulf-2.” This second film continues the remarkable stories about the global scientific team studying the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The movie, narrated by Matt Damon, will air later this year as a Read More

Fact SheetsMaterials Sea Grant Releases Brochure on Oil FAQs 4080

The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) is pleased to announce a new Sea Grant informational brochure that explores basic aspects of oil as a natural resource and oil spills.  The Sea Grant Oil Spill Outreach Team synthesizes peer-reviewed science for a broad range of general audiences, particularly those who live and work across the Gulf Read More

MaterialsStudent Activities ECOGIG Hosts Family STEM Night 4135

Consortium outreach staff and graduate students brought the Ocean Discovery Zone to Trip Elementary School’s family STEM night to share science with over 300 interested students and their families. Read the full story here. Photos of the event are available on the ECOGIG Facebook page.

MaterialsVideo and Podcasts CARTHE: Infrared Video Documents Oil-Dispersant Interactions 4130

Nova Southeastern University researcher Alexander Soloviev and his team generated a short clip in infrared imagery demonstrating how crude and weathered oil slicks respond to dispersant application. Read the CARTHE post here! Watch the video here!

Lesson PlansMaterials DEEPEND Releases Marine Navigation Learning Module 3934

The module is the fourth in a series of marine environment-focused teaching and learning modules developed by the consortium for grades 6 – 12. This module focuses on navigating marine environments, particularly historical and current human navigation and animal navigation. The module is available for download here. This module is the fourth in a series of Read More

GoMRI ScienceMaterials CRGC Releases Working Paper Exploring Post-Spill Effects on Fisheries 3954

The consortium’s preliminary findings suggest the spill had at least short-run negative impacts on fisheries landings and that there may be both biological and behavioral components driving the observed changes. A free PDF of the full report is available here. What were the direct impacts of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon (DH) oil spill on the Gulf Read More

MaterialsOutreachStudent Activities CWC Launches Monthly Newsletter for Young Scientists 3950

The first issue of “Notes from the Field” includes fun facts, puzzles, and research findings about marsh periwinkle snails as well as an interview with consortium post-doc Anthony Rietl. The issue is available for download here. Keep an eye on the CWC Printable Resources page for future issues!

Fact SheetsMaterialsOutreach DEEPEND Infographic Poster Visualizes Vertical Migration 3934

DEEPEND investigators served as consultants for their partner Oregon Coast Aquarium’s educational infographic about diel vertical migration – the largest animal migration phenomenon on earth. The consortium has printed several copies of the poster to distribute to teachers as well as a large banner for use during outreach events. Download your own copy of the Read More

Fact SheetsGoMRI ScienceOutreach Sea Grant Releases Brochure on Oil Spill’s Mental Health Impacts 3854

The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative is pleased to announce a new informational brochure about how the Deepwater Horizon oil spill affected the mental health of some Gulf Coast residents. The Sea Grant Oil Spill Outreach Team reviewed published science and worked with experts to develop this brochure for a broad range of audiences, particularly those Read More

GoMRI ScientistsVideo and Podcasts C-IMAGE Releases Aerial Video of OneGulf Expedition 3771

Researchers from the Center for Integrated Modeling and Analysis of Gulf Ecosystems (C-IMAGE, a GoMRI funded center) studied fish and seafloor sediments across the southern, western and northern Gulf of Mexico. Their goals were to understand the lasting impacts of oil spills and to develop baseline levels in Gulf waters. This aerial footage shows a Read More

Fact SheetsOutreach ACER Blog Explains Mass Spectrometry 3765

The entry explains that a mass spectrometer, or mass spec for short, has become an important tool in many aspects of science including genetics, biochemistry, pharmaceuticals, environmental science, geology and ecology. The mass spec is an instrument that tells us the masses of specific chemical elements in a sample. Briefly, a mass spec works by Read More

GoMRI ScientistsResearch StoriesVideo and Podcasts GoMRI RFP-V: Impact of Deepwater Horizon oil spill on behaviors of fishers in Gulf of Mexico (Saul) 3761

The Avoiding Surprises: understanding the impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on the decision making behaviors of fishers and how this affects the assessment and management of commercially important fish species in the Gulf of Mexico using an agent-base project is lead by Steven Saul, Arizona State University. The Deepwater Horizon oil spill disrupted Read More

Fact SheetsMaterialsOutreachTeachers and Students ACER Launches Fact Sheets Series 3801

The ACER fact sheet series focuses on the goals and emerging research of the consortium and will consist of 15 total fact sheets, with two fact sheets per each of the seven ACER research groups discussing their research and publications. The first sheet, Introducing ACER, shares the importance of diversity and resilience to the consortium’s research. Read More

GoMRI ScientistsVideo and Podcasts GoMRI RFP-V: Unraveling the Biotic and Abiotic Chemical Evolution of Macondo Oil (Rodgers) 3797

The The State-of-the-Art Unraveling of the Biotic and Abiotic Chemical Evolution of Macondo Oil: 2010-2018 project is lead by Ryan P. Rodgers, Florida State University. Once released into the environment, petroleum undergoes physical processes that modify its native composition (water washing and evaporative losses) and chemical processes (largely oxidative, i.e. photo-oxidation and biodegradation) that we Read More

GoMRI ScientistsVideo and Podcasts GoMRI RFP-V: Reproductive Failure in Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Recovery of Cetaceans (Smith) 3790

Concern about how the Deepwater Horizon oil spill may continue to negatively affect wild bottlenose dolphins living in the spill’s footprint remains high. Researchers supporting the Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) studied live and stranded dolphins in the heavily affected area of Louisiana’s Barataria Bay and reported that exposed dolphins exhibited increased lung disease, adrenal Read More

GoMRI ScientistsOutreachVideo and Podcasts DEEPEND’s Tamara Frank Discusses Research and Struggles Entering Marine Biology Field 3787

Frank works with the consortium’s crustacean team studying creatures such as crabs, lobsters, shrimp, and krill. She speaks about her research and shares why getting a job as an aspiring female scientist was very challenging.

GoMRI ScientistsOutreachVideo and Podcasts Watch: DROPPS Researcher Delivers Televised Talk on Oil Degradation 3783

In April 20, 2010, the Gulf of Mexico had its greatest mishap in record time with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, wherein an estimated 1,000 barrels of oil (peaking at more 60,000 barrels) per day were released into the Gulf for 87 days, for a total of 3.19 million barrels for the entire duration. The Read More

Fact SheetsOutreach ACER Blog Explores “Primary Production” 3779

When scientists consider ecosystems, you will more often hear the term primary production. What is the link between these terms? Are they the same thing? Why do scientists measure it? Photosynthesis is the process by which light energy is used to power chemical reactions that convert carbon dioxide (CO2) to carbohydrates. Here, light energy is Read More

Fact Sheets Sea Grant Releases Brochure on Oil Spill and Fish Lesions 3735

The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative is pleased to announce a new informational brochure about the connection of Deepwater Horizon and fish lesions reported in the winter following the spill. The Sea Grant Oil Spill Outreach Team reviewed published science and worked with experts to develop this brochure for a broad range of audiences, particularly those Read More

Video and Podcasts Dispatches from the Gulf: Sizzle/Tease Trailer YouTube Channel

It happened on April 20, 2010 – 41 miles off the coast of Louisiana. The Deepwater Horizon oil-drilling rig exploded. Tragically – the blowout killed 11 – and changed the lives of millions living near the Gulf coast – as well as hundreds of scientists who responded to the crisis. To discover what happened – Read More

Video and Podcasts Close Encounters with a Sperm Whale (Dispatches from the Gulf) Whale Encounter

  Professor Scott Socolofsky at Texas A&M University witnesses an unexpected visitor of the cetacean kind while conducting deep-sea research in the Gulf of Mexico. The creators of award-winning environmental series Journey to Planet Earth (hosted by Matt Damon) present Dispatches from the Gulf – an upcoming documentary film and educational outreach initiative highlighting exclusive Read More

Video and Podcasts Meet Tracie Sempier: Helping the People of the Gulf Tracie Sempier

Tracie Sempier, Ph.D (Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium) is a coastal storms outreach coordinator. She describes how after the Deepwater Horizon Event her work shifted from helping people prepare for and recover from natural disasters – like hurricanes – to helping people recover from man-made, technological disasters – like oil spills. The creators of award-winning environmental Read More

Student Activities ACER “Tool Talk” Series Tackles Gene Sequencing DNA

The article explains not only what gene sequencing is and how it works but also how scientists use it to identify and compare bacteria in sediment samples. Remember back in high school biology when you studied genetics and learned about DNA, nucleotides and gene sequencing? Join us for this week’s Tool Talk as we clear Read More

Student ActivitiesTeachers and Students C-IMAGE Releases One Gulf Expedition Photos and Videos One Gulf Expedition - C-IMAGE

C-IMAGE Releases One Gulf Expedition Photos and Videos From 2 Aug-10 Sept, 20 researchers from the C-IMAGE Consortium circumnavigated the Gulf of Mexico studying fish toxicity between 20-180 fathoms (36-330m). The science crew caught 2,442 fish through 69 demersal long-lining stations. Over 600 photos documenting the expedition’s equipment, crew, and research activities are now available Read More

Student Activities ECOGIG Kicks Off the 2016 Science at the Stadium Season ECOGIG LOGO

ECOGIG Kicks Off the 2016 Science at the Stadium Season Consortium outreach staff recently brought the Ocean Discovery Zone to Penn State’s Fan Fest for the season’s first home game. Visitors explored the Gulf’s deepwater ecosystems and learned about the importance of healthy oceans. View photos or watch a time-lapse video of the event to learn more. “Science at Read More

Fact Sheets Coastal Louisiana Flora and Fauna Fact-Sheets by CWC American Alligator

The Coastal Waters Consortium (CWC) has developed several fact sheets on flora and fauna living in the south Louisiana marshes. Click the images below to download copies of these posters to share with your students.  Be sure to visit CWC’s Education & Outreach website for more information.

GoMRI ScientistsVideo and Podcasts Exquisite Mud: A History Book of the Gulf of Mexico (Dispatches from the Gulf) Dispatches_Logo

A team of researchers from the University of South Florida uses a multi-corer to obtain deep sediment cores from the Gulf of Mexico. Back in the lab, they analyze the layers of sediment and build a history of the Gulf, with Deepwater Horizon being the latest chapter. Featuring oceanographers David Hollander, Isabel Romero, and Patrick Read More

Video and Podcasts What’s At Stake? (Dispatches from the Gulf) Dispatches_Logo

The Gulf of Mexico’s coastal wetlands and marshes are home to thousands of species of plants and animals – and its beaches help support a hundred billion-dollar tourist industry. It’s also a place whose waters provide 40% of the commercial seafood caught in the lower 48 States. After 87 days of oil spewing into the Read More

GoMRI ScientistsVideo and Podcasts The CSI Effect: Using Forensics to Study Oil Spills (Dispatches from the Gulf) Dispatches_Logo

Coupling the “crime scene” forensic idea with the idiom of geology creates the following premise: “the present is the key to the past, but the past provides a window into the future.” Researchers are using chemical forensics to predict how the Deepwater Horizon Event will transpire over the decades to come. Featuring David Hollander (University Read More

Video and Podcasts Invasion of the Lionfish ‪(Dispatches from the Gulf)‬ Dispatches_Logo

Will Patterson at Dauphin Island Sea Lab studies reef fish communities and the dramatic effect the non-native lionfish are having on native fish populations. The creators of award-winning environmental series Journey to Planet Earth (hosted by Matt Damon) present Dispatches from the Gulf – an upcoming documentary film and educational outreach initiative highlighting exclusive scientific Read More

Student ActivitiesTeachers and StudentsVideo and Podcasts Dispatches From the Gulf – 50 Short Videos Dispatches From the Gulf

“Dispatches from the Gulf” is a multi-media initiative that investigates the environmental health of the Gulf of Mexico six years after the Deepwater Horizon blowout on April 20, 2010. That’s when the world’s ninth largest body of water became a place where thousands of communities and millions of citizens were put in jeopardy by a Read More

Video and Podcasts Watermen of the Gulf ‪(Dispatches from the Gulf)‬ Dispatches_Logo

Fisherfolk share their feelings about working and living along the Gulf of Mexico. The creators of award-winning environmental series Journey to Planet Earth (hosted by Matt Damon) present Dispatches from the Gulf – an upcoming documentary film and educational outreach initiative highlighting exclusive scientific discoveries in health, ecosystems, innovation and recovery in the post-oil spill Read More

Lesson PlansTeachers and Students DEEPEND Blog Introduces Kids to Bioacoustics 24 hr Vertical Migration Pattern of the Deep Scattering Layer in N. Gulf of Mexico

Another one of the key components to the DEEPEND research is the collection of sound data! It’s called bio-acoustics and it’s another form of taking data that turns sounds into pictures for us to see! Ben, from Florida International University, was on the last cruise working the acoustics and was able to use the data Read More

GoMRI ScientistsVideo and Podcasts Meet Nancy Rabalais: Focusing on Coastal Ecosystems Dispatches_Logo

Professor Nancy Rabalais (LUMCON) and her team focus their research on the effects of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on coastal ecosystems – particularly the Louisiana wetlands and marshes. The creators of award-winning environmental series Journey to Planet Earth (hosted by Matt Damon) present Dispatches from the Gulf – an upcoming documentary film and educational Read More

Video and Podcasts It Was Just A Scary, Scary Time (Dispatches from the Gulf) Dispatches_Logo

Louisiana waterman David Chauvin describes how the shrimping community in the Gulf is used to dealing with and recovering from natural disasters like hurricanes, but the man-made disaster that was Deepwater Horizon has left them unsure of how to move forward. The unknown duration and depth of the oil spill’s impact has instilled fear among Read More

Student ActivitiesTeachers and Students Fostering a love of learning – CARTHE Outreach colorful drift cards

CARTHE teamed up with Project Give Kids (PGkids) to expose a bright group of foster kids, ranging in age from 1st grade to high school, to the amazing world of marine science. The students started the day with CARTHE outreach manager, Laura Bracken, who taught them about ocean currents and enlisted their help in painting drift cards Read More

GoMRI StudentsStudent Activities ECOGIG Researchers Host STEMSEAS Students 2016 STEM SEAS students in front of the R/V Endeavor, the night before they left on their transit. Welcome aboard! Photo courtesy of STEM SEAS.

Ten undergraduate students and two faculty with the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Student Experiences Aboard Ships (STEMSEAS)program joined the R/V Endeavor’s journey from Moorhead, NC, to Gulfport, MS, to learn more about the consortium and oceanographic research. The students will blog from the ship about their experiences. The STEMSEAS Facebook page will be very active during the Read More

Research StoriesVideo and Podcasts GoMRI RFP-V: Horse fly populations & food web dynamics as stress indicators on coastal marsh (Foil) 3368

Claudia Husseneder gives an overview of the project at the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference January 2016 A Study of horse fly (Tabanidae) populations and their food web dynamics as indicators of the effects of environmental stress on coastal marsh health project is lead by P.I. Lane Foil, Louisiana State University Read More

Research StoriesVideo and Podcasts The Mud and Blood Cruise – The Whole Story (Dispatches from the Gulf) Dispatches_Logo

The Weatherbird embarks on a two-week research cruise in the Gulf of Mexico. Its mission is to collect and analyze fish and soil samples near the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Dave Hollander and Steve Murawski from the University of South Florida lead the team of oceanographers. The research is divided into two Read More

Video and Podcasts Dispatches from the Gulf: The Story in Sixty Seconds Dispatches_Logo

The creators of award-winning environmental series Journey to Planet Earth (hosted by Matt Damon) present Dispatches from the Gulf – an upcoming documentary film and educational outreach initiative highlighting exclusive scientific discoveries in health, ecosystems, innovation and recovery in the post-oil spill Gulf of Mexico. Published on Jun 22, 2016 Six years after the Deepwater Read More

Student Activities ADDOMEx and DEEPEND Attend World Oceans Day Festival and Art Contest World Oceans Day booth

The ADDOMEx and DEEPEND consortia hosted a joint booth at the Galveston, TX event to provide information about their missions and research. See photos from the event here! Visit ADDOMEx social media pages…   Visit DEEPEND social media pages…  

Fact SheetsGoMRI Scientists Meet CWC Outreach Member Ann Hayward Walker Ann Hayward Walker

Ann Hayward Walker coordinates outreach between the Coastal Waters Consortium (CWC) scientists and spill-affected communities to help integrate scientific findings into response decisions. Her efforts have included leading two multi-disciplinary oil spill and dispersant risk communication research projects. See below link to learn more about her background, goals, and the challenges and rewards of communicating Read More

Video and Podcasts Where Did the Oil Go? (Dispatches from the Gulf) Dispatches_Logo

To the causal observer, it’s hard to believe that the Gulf of Mexico is still under stress six years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The flotilla of boats surrounding the BP blowout site is gone – and oil exploration has resumed in the Gulf. Tourists have returned to pristine beaches. Commercial and recreational fishing Read More

GoMRI ScientistsVideo and Podcasts It Got Complicated (Dispatches from the Gulf) Dispatches_Logo

Professor Will Patterson and Oceanographer Joe Tarnecki – both with Dauphin Island Sea Lab – use an ROV (remotely operated vehicle) to measure the impact of oil and dispersants on reef habitats. They’ve been studying the northern Gulf of Mexico for the last decade, so they have an abundance of data from the pre-spill environment. Read More

Publication HighlightsVideo and Podcasts Study Uses ROV Imaging System to Measure Gas Bubble Size, Velocity, and Diffusion 3194

Scientists used stereoscopic high-speed, high-resolution cameras mounted on remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) to make fine-scale imaging and chemistry measurements inside and around gas bubbles rising from two natural Gulf of Mexico seeps. They found that median bubble sizes were 3 – 4.5 millimeters and that a clathrate hydrate shell formed around bubbles at 1.3 meters Read More

Video and Podcasts Holy Cow Moments (Dispatches from the Gulf) 3186

Before the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Professor Mandy Joye made numerous dives to the floor of the Gulf of Mexico. Each trip was filled with wonderment and “holy cow” moments as she witnessed an underwater world teeming with amazing life. Since 2010, she has made 17 dives and the happy “holy cow” moments have been Read More

Student ActivitiesTeachers and Students CARTHE and DROPPS Scientists Team Up for UT Summer Science Program 3163

DROPPS Consortium had another successful collaboration with CARTHE for the UT Summer Science program! We taught 3rd-4th graders about how oil spill scientists sometimes use drift cards to study oil spills to see where currents may carry the oil. Then they designed their own scientific drift cards and tossed them off the UT Pier! Stay Read More

Video and Podcasts Here’s What Happens to Fish When There’s an Oil Spill RECOVER

The video briefly describes how oil exposure can affect a fish’s heart, senses, and swimming ability and what that could mean for its survival. Visit RECOVER’s Social Media pages…. Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science University of Miami Experimental Fish Hatchery University of Texas Marine Science Read More

Fact Sheets GoMRI One-Pager Now Available on Website GoMRI One Pager

  GoMRI has developed a new one-page information brochure about the research program. Use it at your next open-house, meeting, or conference.

Fact Sheets Sea Grant Releases Brochure on Oil Spill Impacts on Fisheries 3133

The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative is pleased to announce a new Sea Grant informational brochure about Deepwater Horizon oil spill impacts on fisheries. This brochure synthesizes peer-reviewed oil spill science for a broad range of general audiences, particularly those who live and work across the Gulf Coast.The brochure Impacts From the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Read More

Student Activities LADC-GEMM Researcher Assists High School ROV Competition 3099

Alex Turpin of NOAA recently supervised Team Finnovators of Newport High School, whose innovative ROV designed to collect oil samples and cap wells at sea received top honors in the Regional MATE competition. The team will advance to the 15thAnnual International MATE ROV Competition and is considering using summer internships at Newport’s Hatfield Marine Science Read More

Student Activities ACER Sheds Light on Microplankton

The latest entry in the “Word Wednesdays” series discusses this class of organisms that includes both plant-like and animal-like creatures such as paramecium, amoebas, and foraminifera. ACER’s Microplankton sub-group, lead by Dr. Jeffrey Krause, is studying processes and interactions within the microplankton community and how they are affected by oil and dispersant in the water. Read More

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

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: https://www.youtube.com/c/ScreenscopeJ2PE/live _________________________________________________________________________________ Dispatches From The Gulf investigates the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Featuring 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

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

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.  

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

Student ActivitiesTeachers and Students DEEPEND Announces – Creep into the DEEPEND – Summer Camps deependlogo

The camps target Kindergarten to 6th grade students and will take place the summer of 2016 at museums and science centers across the country. Campers will meet DEEPEND researchers, engage in science-oriented crafts and games, and much more! Details on camp locations and registration are coming soon. Visit our Facebook page…

Student Activities ACER Launches “Word Wednesday” Series ACERLogo

Readers can now find updated to the consortium website each Wednesday discussing the meaning behind various terms and concepts that are important to ACER research. The first and most recent post focuses on the words “diversity” and “resilience.”   More Information on Word Wednesday…

Video and Podcasts ECOGIG Researcher Discusses California Gas Leak on Public Radio Podcast podcast

Jeff Chanton recently appeared on Minnesota Public Radio’s Climate Cast podcast to talk about the ongoing Aliso Canyon methane gas leak and why methane is so destructive. You can listen to the full interview here under the heading “Climate Cast; Methane leak causes state of emergency in California.” Link to ECOGIG’s website for more information….

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…

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

Video and Podcasts DEEPEND Discusses Light, Water, and Color in New Video light_water_color_2046

This video clip by Oceanscape Network depicts how water can affect the color of light and how deep sea animals use this for camouflage. Students created underwater creatures out of colored paper and determine which colors offer the best camouflage. Oceanscape Network Color and the Deep Blue Sea http://oceanscape.aquarium.org/ Credits: DEEPEND

Fact SheetsResearch Stories Deep-C Helps Develop New Ocean Modelling Software opendrift_2040

A new, open source software for modeling the trajectories and fate of particles (Lagrangian Elements) drifting in the ocean, or even in the atmosphere, has been developed a the Norwegian Meteorological Institute in cooperation with the Institute of Marine Research. The software, known as OpenDrift, is a generic framework written in Python. It is openly Read More

Fact SheetsStudent Activities 2016 Dauphin Island Sea Lab ROV Teacher Workshop DISL_ROV_teacher_workshop

Have you been working with Robotics & looking for something to keep students going after the competition?  Or are you looking for ways to integrate STEM in your classroom?  Have you considered ROVs – remotely operated vehicles? Working with ROVs builds on student interests in technology, are a great way to integrate STEM efforts and Read More

Fact SheetsStudent Activities 2016 Dauphin Island Sea Lab ROV Competition rovcompetition

A focus on developing Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) skills has gained nationwide attention in K-12 education. Its purpose is to excite and prepare students for majors and careers as scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians in order to meet the growing workforce demands of the 21st century. Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) competitions are a Read More

Lesson Plans DEEPEND Lesson Plans and Activities Available Online DEEPEND_Lesson_Plans_2176

The free, downloadable classroom materials cover topics ranging from bioluminescence to hydrothermal vent food webs and include curricula, experiment instructions, and coloring sheets! K-5 Taking Science Deeper Activities Book 1: Introduction to the Deep Sea Book 2: Deep-Sea Animals Book 3: Hagfish Day! Book 4: Ocean Currents and Pollution Awareness Coloring Sheet – Deep Red Read More

Video and Podcasts DEEPEND Slideshow Depicts Life Aboard a Research Vessel DEEPEND

This kid-friendly slideshow uses photos and helpful captions to explain the researchers’ routines aboard ship and how they operate various equipment to collect and analyze samples.  For more videos like DEEPEND Slideshow Depicts Life Aboard a Research Vessel… Click Here…