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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call (985) 851-2860 Cost: $150/Student No experience needed… only a willing mind!
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
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
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.
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…
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…
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….
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…
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
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
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
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
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
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
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…
Hey everyone! The Coastal Waters Consortium (CWC) to Host “Discovering Oceanography” Family Workshop, another public family event on Saturday November 14 9am-2pm. The event is focusing on aspects of oceanography and is for teens ages 14-18 and an adult. Cost is $12. For more information please CLICK HERE for the detailed informational flyer or contact Leandra Read More
Actividades de clase K-12 en Español The lesson plans below are oil spill related and inspired by GoMRI funded research. Some of these are general, and it may be necessary to modify the activities for specific grade levels. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Murt Conover, Senior Marine Educator of the Coastal Waters Read More
A team of scientists and education staff with the Deep-C Consortium developed a user-friendly curriculum to help students make connections between the theoretical nature of science and real world applications. This education tool uses application-based science to improve Gulf of Mexico literacy and addresses issues such as environmental disasters, their impacts on ocean ecosystems, and Read More
The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) is pleased to announce the release of two fisheries-related informational brochures developed by their Sea Grant partners. These brochures synthesize peer-reviewed oil spill science for a broad range of general audiences, particularly those whose livelihoods depend on a healthy Gulf. The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill’s Impact on Gulf Read More
A pod of dolphins (and a few sharks!) visited the R/V Endeavor during a research cruise in the Gulf of Mexico – they spent several hours hanging around the ship. Some of the researchers on board put a GoPro camera in the water to capture these beautiful animals swimming near the ship. Video processing by Read More
A seminar series by Sea Grant in the Gulf of Mexico, Navigating Shifting Sands: Oil on our beaches, was held on August 5, 2015 in Pensacola, FL. Scientists shared their work to answer lingering questions about oil that washed up on Alabama and Florida beaches during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. More than 85 participants Read More
Click here to watch the conference presentations about research that helps answer “what have we learned, what does it mean, and how can it be used?” (Photo Credit: Oceans/Carlos Suarez) This year’s event was especially significant as the Principal Investigators ofeight GoMRI consortia presented highlights during the opening plenary from their groups’ three-year research efforts. Read More
This year’s National Ocean Science Bowl finalists got a treat at the end of the April 2015 competition held in Ocean Springs, MS. ECOGIG co-principal investigator Dr. Vernon Asper of the University of Southern Mississippi hosted the finalists for an afternoon aboard the research vesselPoint Sur, which was just returning from its six-day research cruise in Read More
A fourth grade class at Singapore American School found Bob the Drifter and the CARTHE science group while researching ocean science and pollution online. CARTHE’s drifter experiments, GLAD and SCOPE, are helping scientists understand how ocean surface currents move pollutants such as oil. CARTHE’s visually-engaging experiments and their animated, data-gathering mascot “Bob” motivated these young students Read More
What could be better than having class on the beach and conducting actual research to boot? See how Shawn Walker, a marine science teacher at West Florida High School, transforms his students into scientists. A CPALMS perspective Video.
The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative congratulates the CARTHE research team for their first place award-winning video that teaches Drone Technology for Oil Spill Research. Over 37,000 middle school students across twenty-one countries selected the winning ocean science research videos after a two-month evaluation of the top entries that best explained scientific results and significance. Read More
Chris Reddy, an oil scientist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and research for DEEP-C, explains how crude oil is formed and how it behaves in the environment. A CPALMS perspective Video by Chris Reddy
Humans aren’t the only ones who get their fingerprints taken. Learn how this scientist is like a crime scene investigator using oil fingerprints to explain the origins of spilled oil. A CPALMS perspective Video by Chris Reddy.
The Coastal Waters Consortium’s Education and Outreach program translates research investigating the effects of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on coastal ecosystems into understandable formats for all levels of society. The program facilitates interactions of students, teachers, adults and other community members with CWC Scientists through the following initiatives and programs: K-12 Education Teacher Education Read More
Watch how these high school students work alongside Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution experts conducting oil spill science. A CPALMS perspective Video by Catherine Carmichael.
Visitors to the Smithsonian Ocean Portal now have the opportunity to learn more about oil spills like the Deepwater Horizon. By using the Smithsonian’s newly released interactive tool on oil spill science, they can learn about cleanup efforts, dispersants, where the oil went, seafood safety, and the impacts on the Gulf. The Portal team, in partnership Read More
LADC-GEMM studies acoustic signals in spill vicinityDid whale and dolphin populations change after the oil spill? Prior monitoring indicated that large numbers of these deep-diving marine mammals were living near the Deepwater Horizon site. The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative recently awarded the LADC-GEMM consortium a grant to study endangered sperm whales, beaked whales, and Read More
The Alabama Center for Ecological Resilience (ACER) Consortium came together to investigate how biodiversity influences an ecosystem’s ability to resist and recover from disturbance, specifically the ecosystems of the northern Gulf of Mexico to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Over the next 3 years, ACER scientists will conduct field and large scale manipulative lab Read More
The Aggregation and Degradation of Dispersants and Oil by Microbial Exopolymers (ADDOMEx) consortium is funded by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative to investigate the impacts of spilled oil and dispersants on the formation of an extracellular matrix called EPS (exopolymeric substances) formed by marine microbes that is thought to be instrumental in determining the fate of Read More
The Center for Integrated Modeling and Analysis of Gulf Ecosystems (C-IMAGE) is a research consortium of 19 U.S. and international partners focused on effects of oil spills on marine environments. The C-IMAGE consortium is currently in their second installment of funding from the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) in response to the Deepwater Horizon Read More
BP put in place $500 million for research shortly after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill to understand the impacts from this incident and improve response to future events. But it would take much more than money to establish an independent research program that fulfills the highest scientific standards and meets the needs of various stakeholders. Read More
The Consortium for Advanced Research on Transport of Hydrocarbon in the Environment (CARTHE) studies ocean currents in the Gulf of Mexico in hopes that they will be able to predict where oil or other toxins may go in the event of a future spill. CARTHE’s outreach program disperses our scientific results to a wide audience and interactively Read More
Coastal River-Dominated Ecosystems (CONCORDE) scientists explore water movements and organism distributions in the northern Gulf of Mexico to see how oil and dispersants from future oil spills might impact the biota. An important part of the scientific process—one as carefully planned as every experiment in a well-thought-out program—is how to share findings with the community who Read More
The Consortium for Resilient Gulf Communities (CRGC) aims to reach and bridge community organizations and leaders, policy makers, and scholars by seeking to improve the understanding of and responses to hydrocarbon release disasters. By linking academic and practice institutions in our management model and integrating basic science and applied research, we will create products that are collectively Read More
The Coastal Waters Consortium (CWC) came together in early 2012 to assess the chemical evolution, biological degradation, and environmental stresses of petroleum and dispersant within Gulf of Mexico coastal and shelf ecosystems. CWC research and education and outreach programs are funded for 3 years by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative. The Lead Administrative unit Read More
Deep-Pelagic Nekton Dynamics of the Gulf of Mexico (DEEPEND) is excited to share their science, teaching content, and exciting outreach programs with everyone over the next 3 years. Part of DEEPEND’s goal for a successful program is to have a robust education/outreach platform for anyone interested in learning more about the projects, the people and the Read More
The Dispersion Research on Oil: Physics and Plankton Studies (DROPPS) consortium brings together complementing experts from seven institutions in order to investigate and model several key processes involved with the dispersion of oil spills and interactions of oil with marine organisms. The experimental and numerical studies will be performed at varying scales and levels of complexity, Read More
The Ecosystem Impacts of Oil and Gas Inputs to the Gulf (ECOGIG) consortium is committed to communicating its experience, observations, research, and data with other researchers, scholars, students, and the public through educational and outreach endeavors. The principal investigators engage students—from undergraduate to postdoc levels—in their research, assisting them in furthering their knowledge of the Read More
The Littoral Acoustic Demonstration Center – Gulf Ecological Monitoring and Modeling (LADC-GEMM) consortium scientists have been collaborating through the LADC since 2001. The team will bring to GoMRI the experience of 14 years of continuous acoustic research in the northern GoM. The LADC-GEMM consortium members include the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, the University of New Read More
The Relationships of Effects of Cardiac Outcomes in fish for Validation of Ecological Risk (RECOVER) Consortium consists of seven Co-PIs from four institutions: University of Miami, FL, University of Texas at Austin, Port Aransas, University of North Texas, and University of California, Riverside. It is the mission of RECOVER to better understand the toxic effect of Read More
The Coastal Waters Consortium (CWC) came together in early 2012 to assess the chemical evolution, biological degradation, and environmental stresses of petroleum and dispersant within Gulf of Mexico coastal and shelf ecosystems. CWC research and education and outreach programs are funded for 3 years by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative. The Gulf of Mexico Read More
This video shows a successful night launch of the Eagle Ray AUV from the RV Pelican at GC600, one of ECOGIGs main study sites. A GoPro camera was mounted on a 20’ aluminum pole and held over the side of the RV Pelican, resulting in some of the jitter in the video.
The Eagle Ray AUV (autonomous underwater vehicle) is used by ECOGIG scientists to map the seafloor and get visuals so they can better target their sample collecting for study. NIUST (National Institute for Undersea Science and Technology) provides the submersible. This is a Finch Productions, LLC video.
An underwater video from the Schmidt Ocean Institute research vessel Falkor showing the multicorer triggering and collecting mud samples from the sea floor on Nov. 20, 2012. This was a shallow water deployment to test the multicorer trigger mechanism. Video credit: Schmidt Ocean Institute marine technician Leighton Rolley.
Middle School Student Anja Diercks learns about acoustic release operation to recover a Long Base Line (LBL) acoustic beacon after a successful AUV dive. These LBL beacons are necessary in aiding the Inertial Navigation System of the AUV while on survey on the ocean floor, sometimes at depths of 1600 m or more.
In July, 2013, the ECOGIG consortium coordinated two research cruises in the Gulf of Mexico. The chief scientists of those cruises, Joe Montoya and Erik Cordes, talk about the value of their coordinated work, with images of deepsea creatures and equipment shown. This is a Finch Productions, LLC video.
Researchers describe the crucial importance of ALVIN dives in assessing the Ecosystem Impacts of the Deepwater Horizon explosion. This is a Finch Productions, LLC video.
ECOGIG Scientists Dr. Joe Montoya, Dr. Andreas Teske, Dr. Samantha Joye and Dr. Ian McDonald describe their collaborative research approach during preparations for the Spring 2014 cruise aboard the RV/ Atlantis with research sub ALVIN. Long term sampling and monitoring of the natural seeps in the Gulf of Mexico, a global hotspot for these, is Read More
It’s been four years since the Deepwater Horizon disaster that killed 11 people and unleashed oil into the Gulf of Mexico for 87 days. Scientists dove to the Gulf floor for the first time since 2010 to determine how marine life is recovering. Chip Reid reports.
Watch this successful collection of deep sea sediment cores during 7+ foot waves on a recent research cruise in the Gulf of Mexico. The Science team from National Institute for Undersea Science and Technology and Mississippi Mineral Resources Institute deployed a deep sea multicoring device in 1200 meters of water depth, attached to a fiberoptic Read More
ECOGIG scientists Dr. Chris Martens and Dr. Geoff Wheat talk about Landers, a new technology developed at the University of Mississippi that allows scientists to study the ocean floor at great depths. Most of the area around the Deepwater Horizon spill ranges from 900 to 2000 meters below the surface of the Gulf. Landers are Read More
Dr. Uta Passow describes ECOGIG research on the phenomena known as Marine Snow, with footage from a recent cruise by Dr. Passow and colleagues Dr. Arne Dierks and Dr. Vernon Asper. Oil released in 2010 from the Deepwater Horizon explosion floated upwards, and then some of this oil sank towards the seafloor as part of Read More
ECOGIG scientists Dr. Ian MacDonald and Dr. Ajit Subramaniam describe their work monitoring the health of the Gulf of Mexico via remote sensing. Using images from satellites and small aircraft flown by volunteers, MacDonald looks for signs of surface oil, which could be the result of a natural seep, anthropogenic seeps—chronic oil leaks from ongoing Read More