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November 29, 2016                                                                    GoMRI eNews


Rita Colwell Honored with International Award for Tropical Medicine Research

Identifying Toxic Components in Fresh and Weathered Crude Oil

From the Archives

Grad Student Young Studies Gulf Water at Its Most Basic Level

Posted on November 19, 2015
Chemical engineer Jordan Young has found his happy place on a research vessel in the Gulf of Mexico. He’s looking for changes in ocean acidity following the Deepwater Horizon spill. As the oil biologically degrades, some of it oxidizes to carbon dioxide and may increase acidification.

Study Establishes Corexit Analysis Method

Posted on November 21, 2014
Chemists from Oregon State University developed a method that detects and measures the chemical composition of the four Corexit surfactants in seawater.

Students Are Field Tested During Emergency Response To Hercules Blowout

Posted on November 18, 2013
In the early morning hours on Monday July 23rd the Hercules 252 rig blew out, spewing a mixture of gas, condensate, and possibly other hydrocarbons into the water and air.

5 Million Data Points and Counting

Posted on November 8, 2012
As the Globalstar transmission shut down approaches, ending the GPS data collection phase of CARTHE’s Grand Lagrangian Deployment (GLAD), the team is still collecting data from the largest upper-ocean dispersion experiment of its kind.


Study Provides Genomic Resource for Blue Crabs
De novo assembly of a transcriptome from juvenile blue crabs (Callinectes sapidus) following exposure to surrogate Macondo crude oil. Yednock, B.K.; Sullivan, T.J.; Neigel, J.E. BMC Genomics (2015) 16:521

Study Shows UAVs Provide Moderate Spatial and High Temporal Resolution Imagery 
Surf zone monitoring using rotary wing Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Brouwer, R.L.; de Schipper, M.A.; Rynne, P.F.; Graham, F.J.; Reniers, A.J.H.M.; MacMahan, J.H. American Meteorological Society, 2014, Vol 32, 855-863


Demersal fish species assemblages and relative abundance from R/V Apalachee (AP-3512), DeSoto Canyon, November 2015 - data link

Shipboard ADCP, underway near surface meteorology and hydrography, G04 cruise, Deepwater Horizon oil spill region, July 2013. - data link

Exposure to ultraviolet radiation late in development increases the toxicity of oil to mahi mahi (Coryphaena hippurus) embryos - data link


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

GoMRI RFP-V: Reproductive Failure in Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Recovery of Cetaceans (Smith)
Project is lead by P.I. Cynthia Smith, Marine Mammal Foundation.


Congratulations! Dispatches From The Gulf Nominated for Emmy® Awards
The Screenscope documentary highlighting GoMRI-funded research and scientists has been nominated in two categories:  Best Topical Documentary and Best Cinematography.
Dispatches From the Gulf Honored with Blue Ocean Film Award
The Screenscope documentary highlighting GoMRI-funded research and scientists wins the Blue Whale Award for Best in Broadcast Program. The film also received Honorable Mention for Cinematography. 

Project Activities

ACER Welcomes New Post-Doctoral Researcher
Dr. Corianne Tatariw recently joined the consortium’s Nitrogen Cycling group to investigate the impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on nitrogen cycling in the Chandeleur Islands.
Meet C-IMAGE Student of the Month Juan Viamonte
Juan is a Ph.D. student at the Hamburg University of Technology studying microorganisms at extreme conditions. He simulates Gulf seafloor conditions on bacteria to better understand how and to what extent crude oil is biodegraded under high pressure conditions.
CARTHE Attends Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden Fall Festival
Visitors to the CARTHE booth learned about debris and ocean currents and helped paint drift cards for the BayDrift project’s next drift card release.
CRGC Kicks Off "Planning for Resilient Communities" Executive Leadership Training
In partnership with Tulane University, the program will train fifteen chosen leaders on methods to develop and execute effective plans that strengthen their community’s post-disaster resilience.
DEEPEND’s Tamara Frank Discusses Her Research and Journey in Audio Clip
Frank works with the consortium’s crustacean team studying creatures such as crabs, lobsters, shrimp, and krill. She speaks about her research and her struggle to enter the field of marine biology.
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