Category Archives: Materials

Education activities and lesson plans.

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…  

Student Activities CWC to Host “Discovering Oceanography” Family Workshop discovering_oceanography_flyer

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

Lesson PlansTeachers and Students K-12 Science Classroom Activities in Spanish by CWC CWC small logo

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

Lesson PlansLinksStudent Activities NOAA’s Adopt a Drifter Program for Teachers and Students

Welcome to NOAA’s Adopt a Drifter Program! http://www.adp.noaa.gov/ As coordinator of the NOAAA’s adopt a Drifter Program (ADP), I welcome you to this unique opportunity to hop on the back of a drifting buoy as it hitches a ride across our vast oceans, monitoring ocean currents and sea surface temperatures. I am excited to help Read More

Lesson Plans New Release: Gulf of Mexico Multidisciplinary High School Curriculum Deep-C High School Curriculum Now Available Online

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

Fact Sheets Sea Grant Brochures on Gulf of Mexico Fisheries seafood_impact1302

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

Video and Podcasts Dolphins Pod in the Gulf of Mexico dolphin844

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

Video and Podcasts Navigating Shifting Sands: Oil on our beaches Oil Spill Science Seminar: Oil on our beaches

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

Video and Podcasts Video Presentations Available from the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference Sunset in the Gulf off the coast of Alabama. (Photo credit: Oceana/Carlos Suarez)

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

Student ActivitiesTeachers and Students National Ocean Science Bowl winners get a taste of life on a research ship National Ocean Science Bowl Winners

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

Citizen ScienceStudent ActivitiesTeachers and Students Bob The Drifter Inspires Singapore Classroom to Conduct Oil Spill Research Experiment Students first created their drifter design on an iPad before constructing it in real life. (Provided by: Jenny Harter)

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

Teachers and StudentsVideo and Podcasts High School Teacher Holds Class on the Beach High School Teacher Holds Class at the Beach

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.

Video and Podcasts Award Winning Video Teaches Drone Technology for Oil Spill Research Drones used in oil spill reseearch

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

Video and Podcasts How Crude Oil is Formed and How it Behaves in the Environment How Crude Oil is Formed and How it Behaves in the Environment

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

Video and Podcasts Using Oil Fingerprints to explain the Origins of Spilled Oil Using oil fingerprints to explain the origins of spilled oil

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.

Fact SheetsLesson PlansStudent Activities Coastal Waters Consortium (CWC) – Education and Outreach Program Scientistsnpublic

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

Video and Podcasts Don’t cry over spilled oil. Take action instead! Don

Learn how scientists are studying what happens to spilled oil and over time how it affects the environment. A CPALMS perspective video by Catherine Carmichael.

Teachers and StudentsVideo and Podcasts High School Students Work Alongside Woods Hole Experts High School Students Work Alongside Woods Hole Experts

Watch how these high school students work alongside Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution experts conducting oil spill science. A CPALMS perspective Video by Catherine Carmichael.

Student Activities Smithsonian Releases Interactive Tool on Oil Spill Science Smithsonian Releases Interactive Tool to teach Oil Spill Science

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

GoMRI ScientistsResearch StoriesVideo and Podcasts Tracking Marine Mammal Recovery after the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill LADC-GEMM

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

ProjectsVideo and Podcasts ACER Consortium: Education and Outreach Alabama Center for Ecological Resilience

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

ProjectsVideo and Podcasts ADDOMEx Consortium: Education and Outreach ADDOMEx

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

ProjectsVideo and Podcasts C-IMAGE Consortium: Education and Outreach C-IMAGE-Logo

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

GoMRI ScientistsVideo and Podcasts Perspectives from the GoMRI Research Board Perspectives of GoMRI Research Board

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

ProjectsVideo and Podcasts CARTHE Consortium: Education and Outreach carthe_logo3

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

ProjectsVideo and Podcasts CONCORDE Consortium: Education and Outreach CONCORDE

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

ProjectsVideo and Podcasts CRGC Consortium: Education and Outreach CRGC

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

ProjectsVideo and Podcasts CWC Consortium: Education and Outreach cwc_sm

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

ProjectsVideo and Podcasts DEEPEND Consortium: Education and Outreach DEEPEND

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

ProjectsVideo and Podcasts DROPPS Consortium: Education and Outreach drops-upperleft_logo

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

ProjectsVideo and Podcasts ECOGIG Consortium: Education and Outreach ECOGIG LOGO

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

ProjectsVideo and Podcasts LADC-GEMM Consortium: Education and Outreach LADC-GEMM

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

ProjectsVideo and Podcasts RECOVER Consortium: Education and Outreach RECOVER

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

Video and Podcasts CWC Movie

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

Video and Podcasts P/N Filtration

Student Drake Lee-Patterson describes why she values her experience at sea, on a Cruise studying zooplankton, aboard the R/V Endeavor, Gulf of Mexico, June 2013.

Video and Podcasts Lamont Oceanographic Biochemical Observer (LOBO)

Nigel D’Souza explains the use of a Lamont Oceanographic Biochemical Observer (LOBO), aboard the R/V Endeavor, Gulf of Mexico, June 2013.

Video and Podcasts Safety First!

Leigha Peterson demonstrates deployment of the Safety Suit, in the library aboard the R/V Endeavor, Gulf of Mexico, June 2013.

Video and Podcasts N and C fixation in phytoplankton

Sarah Weber explains the methods used for measuring Nitrogen and carbon fixation in phytoplankton, aboard the R/V Endeavor, Gulf of Mexico, June 2013.

Video and Podcasts Sediment Traps

Corey Padilla illustrates the deployment & retrieval of Sediment Traps to measure Nitrogen Isotopes, aboard the R/V Endeavor, Gulf of Mexico, June 2013.

Video and Podcasts Sampling the Water Column

Leigha Peterson illustrates the apparatus for sampling the water column in the Gulf of Mexico, aboard the R/V Endeavor, June 2013.

Video and Podcasts Eagle Ray Night Launch

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.

Video and Podcasts Eagle Ray AUV — What It Is and How It Works

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.

Video and Podcasts Operating Multicorer

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.

Teachers and StudentsVideo and Podcasts LBL Beacon Recovery

Middle School Student Anja Diercks helps recover the acoustic LBL (Long Base Line) beacon she had released from the ocean floor using an acoustic telemetry system minutes before. The Gulf of Mexico had a surprise for her too.

Teachers and StudentsVideo and Podcasts LBL Beacon Recovery Release

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.

Video and Podcasts Lamont Oceanographic Biochemical Observer (LOBO)

Nigel D’Souza explains the use of a Lamont Oceanographic Biochemical Observer (LOBO), aboard the R/V Endeavor, Gulf of Mexico, June 2013.

Video and Podcasts Sediment Traps

Corey Padilla illustrates the deployment & retrieval of Sediment Traps to measure Nitrogen Isotopes, aboard the R/V Endeavor, Gulf of Mexico, June 2013.

GoMRI ScientistsVideo and Podcasts What Does ECOGIG Do?

Scientists aboard the research vessels R/V Endeavor and E/V Nautilus briefly describe the nature of the work of ECOGIG in this Finch Productions, LLC video.

Video and Podcasts ECOGIG Coordinated Research Cruises

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.

Video and Podcasts ECOGIG RV Atlantis /ALVIN Cruise March 30-April 23, 2014

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.

Video and Podcasts ECOGIG Natural Seeps Geology of the Gulf

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

Video and Podcasts CBS News: Scientists get first look at seabed near B.P. oil spill site

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.

Video and Podcasts ECOGIG Deep Sea Life: Corals, Fish, Invertebrates

Dr. Chuck Fisher describes his research examining the fascinating and long-lived deep sea corals impacted by effects of the Deepwater Horizon explosion.

Video and Podcasts ECOGIG Fiberoptic Multicorer

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

Video and Podcasts ECOGIG Landers Technology Development

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

Video and Podcasts ECOGIG Marine Snow

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

Video and Podcasts ECOGIG Remote Sensing & Modeling

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

Video and Podcasts ECOGIG in 60 Seconds

Dr. Katy Croff Bell, Chief Scientist of the EV Nautilus crew, explains the mission of ECOGIG.