Category Archives: Outreach

GoMRI StudentsOutreachPeopleVideo and Podcasts CRGC GoMRI Student Webinar Explores the Graduate School Process 4888

Consortium graduate students Jacqueline Fiore and Vanessa Parks recently discussed their graduate school experiences and working on a transdisciplinary research team in a recent webinar for the Student Spotlight Series. Watch the webinar here.

LinksOutreachStudent Activities Sea Grant to Host Oil Spill Seminars in October & November 2017 seagrant_logo

The Sea Grant Oil Spill Science Outreach Team would like to announce the second of three Responding to oil spills seminars, an all-day free event in Mobile, Alabama, to discuss the unique challenges to responding to oil spills affecting beach and nearshore environments (see below and attached). The event is open to the public and lunch will Read More

Fact SheetsMaterialsOutreach Sea Grant Publication Summarizes Where Deepwater Horizon Oil Went Where did the oil go?

The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) is pleased to announce a new Sea Grant informational publication that discusses the locations where approximate amounts of oil went after the Deepwater Horizon spill. The publication Deepwater Horizon: Where did the oil go? summarizes what researchers have discovered about where the spilled oil traveled and what processes carried it along its path. Read More

MaterialsOutreachStudent Activities RFP-V Researcher Dr. Sunshine Van Bael Hosts Workshops for Elementary and Middle School Aged Kids Dr. Van Bael talks with students during one of her summer workshops. Photo Credit: Sunshine Van Bael

Dr. Sunshine Van Bael, principal investigator of the RFP-V project Chemical Evolution and Plant-Microbe Degradation of Petroleum in Saline Marsh Plants and Soil, and her colleagues recently hosted a series of workshops in Louisiana for nearly 140 elementary and middle school-aged kids. The workshops were part of Dr. Van Bael’s outreach efforts to teach students Read More

Citizen ScienceGoMRI ScienceOutreachResearch Stories RECOVER Enlists Professional Anglers for Mahi Tagging Experiment RECOVER

This RECOVER Consortium experiment uses satellite tags attached to adult mahi to help determine if consortium experiments could be replicated in the wild. Experienced anglers can help increase the amount of fish researchers catch in a day and reduce stressful fight times on the line to ensure that the tagged fish are as healthy as Read More

Fact SheetsMaterialsOutreachStudent ActivitiesTeachers and Students CWC Young Scientist Newsletter Features Tropical Cyclones 4586

The issue contains fun facts, keywords, and graphs about the formation and history of tropical cyclones as well as hurricane-themed puzzles and resources. The issue is now available for download.

Citizen ScienceOutreachResearch Stories CARTHE Prepares for Year Two of Bay Drift Project CARTHE Consortium spent the day celebrating one successful year of the citizen science project #baydrift at Vizcaya museum and Gardens in Miami.

The Bay Drift Project is a citizen-science experiment that uses drift cards to help determine the origins of the trash that washes up on the Vizcaya Museum and Garden’s shoreline. CARTHE Consortium representatives and Vizcaya hosted an event to highlight results from the project’s first year and to prepare drift cards and identify goals for Read More

GoMRI ScientistsGoMRI StudentsOutreachPeopleTeachers and Students DEEPEND Hosts American Heritage School Science Camp Students 4577

Twenty students recently visited consortium researchers at Nova Southeastern University to learn about deep-sea organisms. The students heard presentations from graduate students, observed an active toxicity experiment, and helped researchers collect data during an hourly monitoring of oil-exposed crustaceans. Read about the event here.

Fact SheetsGoMRI StudentsMaterialsOutreach CRGC Releases Two-Pager Detailing Transdisciplinary Student Outreach 4557

CRGC experts come from from diverse fields. Working directly with experts outside their own fields of study enhances students’ insights about disaster, recovery, and resilience, while improving their problem solving skills and passion for their work. The two-page pamphlet describes the consortium’s efforts to provide graduate and undergraduate students with hands-on opportunities to work with Read More

OutreachPeopleTeachers and Students ECOGIG Hosts Second Annual Ocean Discovery Camp 4541

Campers aged 11-14 explored ocean topics such as deep oceans, ecosystems, and chemosynthetic processes through hands-on projects, games, videos, and slideshows. The students also designed and built their own remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) and created stop-motion videos based on the camp’s themes. View the campers’ ROVs. Watch their stop-motion films. See photos from the camp. Read More

Citizen ScienceGoMRI ScientistsOutreachPeople CONCORDE Hosts Third Fisherman-Scientist Bridge Building Workshop 4465

Approximately 15 local fishermen and their families attended the workshop to meet the scientists and voice their concern about topics such as sediment and marine snow. The fishermen also learned how to use the YSI ProDSSII conductivity/temperature-depth meter (CTD) to collect depth salinity and temperature profiles. They will continue collecting and returning data through the Read More

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

GoMRI ScientistsOutreachPeopleTeachers and Students SeaGlide Workshop Engages Teachers and Students in Ocean Research Technology 3973a

LADC-GEMM researchers from Oregon State University, the University of New Orleans, and Proteus Technologies explained how they use ocean gliders to collect temperature, pressure, and acoustic data such as sounds made by Gulf of Mexico whales and dolphins. The team guided the participants in constructing their own SeaGlide models assisted by eight Warren Easton Charter Read More

GoMRI ScientistsOutreachPeopleTeachers and Students CONCORDE Leads Expedition for Early Career Scientists 4005

The consortium led an expedition to Deer Island to teach early career scientists about the island’s history and how to create an elevation profile using elevation rods. They also explored the island to observe changes from one side to the other. See the original post here!

Outreach CARTHE, RECOVER, and DEEPEND Attend Tortuga Music Festival 4001

The consortia set up informational booths at the festival to communicate their research with the public. View photo albums from the event here (CARTHE), here (RECOVER), and here (DEEPEND).

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

OutreachPeople DROPPS Participates in UTMSI’s Women in Marine Science Day 4068

Team members recently taught 8th grade girls about plankton and how dispersed oil affects them for the University of Texas Marine Science Institute’s Women in Marine Science Day event. They projected live plankton on a screen to demonstrate how they move and then guided the girls in making their own plankton and discussing how they would Read More

GoMRI ScientistsOutreachPeopleTeachers and Students CARTHE and RECOVER Host Boy Scout Troup 4063

A group of Boy Scouts recently visited the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science to complete their oceanography badge. The boys met with members of the CARTHE and RECOVER teams and visited the SUSTAIN Laboratory’s wind wave tank. Photos from the visit are available here and here!

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.

GoMRI ScienceOutreach DROPPS Hosts and Participates in Community Response Meeting 4126

The quarterly South Texas Coastal Zone Area Committee Meeting is an opportunity for response community members to discuss recent activities and update area contingency plans. DROPPS’ Zhanfei Liu presented on petroleum hydrocarbon analysis and Sarah Cosgrove and Lalitha Asirvadam volunteered to participate in future workgroups, hoping to continue bridging the gap between science and response. 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!

GoMRI ScientistsOutreach C-IMAGE to Host Second Story Collider Event 3946

The C-IMAGE Story Collider is a free spoken word event providing five life stories about the Gulf of Mexico oil spills. The event will take place during on Monday, February 6, at 7 pm at Club XLIV in New Orleans, Louisiana. More information about the event is available here.

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

Outreach ACER Word Wednesday Series Discusses “Trophic Cascade” 3990

The recent article explains that changes to one level in a food chain can sometimes result in changes in other levels, called a trophic cascade. Trophic cascades can be top-down (changes in the top trophic level impacted levels down the food chain) or bottom-up (changes in the bottom trophic level impacted levels up the food Read More

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

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

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

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 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