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Keeping you current on emerging Gulf science and the people investigating the effects of oil spills on the environment and public health.

July 26, 2016                                                                    GoMRI eNews


Study Investigates Oil Spill Impacts and Recovery of Salt Marsh Fiddler Crab Populations

Investigating How Complex Deepwater Topography Influences Oil Dispersion

Study Uses Gulf Science Data to Analyze Water Chemistry near Deepwater Horizon

Study Uses ROV Imaging System to Measure Gas Bubble Size, Velocity, and Diffusion

From the Archives

Scientists Put ROV Technology in Hands of Teachers and Students

Posted on July 23, 2015
As science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills become increasingly important to the 21st century workforce, what better way to foster those skills in middle and high school students than an old-fashioned friendly competition?

Grad Student Harper Seeks to Improve Marine and Human Health with Science-Informed Policy

Posted on July 23, 2014
Alexandra Harper, a passionate environmental advocate, is using her oceanography expertise to help “society better balance human need with ecological health.”

Boaters, Vacationers, and Beach Lovers Report Drift Cards for Oil-Spill Research

Posted on July 25, 2013
Summer fun check list: 1. enjoy the sun, sand, and surf along the beautiful Gulf of Mexico; 2. track ocean currents; and 3. win a prize

GoMRI at Sea: June is a Busy and Challenging Month for Research Cruises

Posted on July 24, 2012
Throughout the month of June, the Gulf of Mexico was teeming with GoMRI-funded scientists conducting oil-spill related research. For some of the research teams Tropical Storm Debbie provided additional challenges, requiring some schedule changes.


Study Develops Model for Tracer Dispersion Over Time
Dispersion of a tracer in the deep Gulf of Mexico. Ledwell, J.R.; He, R.; Xue, Z.; DiMarco, S.F.; Spencer, L.; Chapman, P. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 2016, 121, 2, 1110–1132

Study Compares SAR Imagery of Slicks from Natural Seeps and Deepwater Horizon
Natural and unnatural oil slicks in the Gulf of Mexico. MacDonald, I.R.; Garcia-Pineda, O.; Beet, A.; Daneshgar Asl, S.; Feng, L.; Graettinger, G.; French-McCay, D.; Holmes, J.; Hu, C.; Huffer, F.; Leifer, I.; Muller-Karger, F.; Solow, A.; Silva, M.; Swayze, G. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 2015, 120, 12, 8364–8380



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

GoMRI RFP-V: Horse fly populations & food web dynamics as stress indicators on coastal marsh (Foil)
In 2011, we conducted surveys of tabanid larvae and their surrounding sediment, and specimens were archived to initiate studies on establishing the food web within the sediments. We propose to use those and future collections for metagenetic analyses to compare the micro- and meiofauna community in larval guts to that in the immediate soil environment where tabanid larvae are either present or absent. Based on this knowledge we will develop a time- and cost-efficient PCR-based diagnostic method to differentiate between healthy and biologically depleted marsh soil for use in intensive sampling.


2016 Mississippi-Alabama Bays and Bayous Symposium - Call for Abstracts
Program Committee is seeking presenters for the coastal symposium Nov. 30-Dec. 1 in Biloxi, MS. Please consider sharing your research, education, outreach policy, or other efforts at the event.
GoMRI One-Pager Now Available on Website
GoMRI has developed a new one-page information brochure about the research program. Use it at your next open-house, meeting, or conference.

Project Activities

ACER Highlights the Importance of the Northern Gulf of Mexico
The recent article discussed the diverse habitats that make up the northern Gulf and emphasized its unique contributions to the United States’ fishing, transport, oil, and tourism industries.
CARTHE Drifter Headed for the Pacific
Consortium researchers recently attended the FACT-O (French American Climate Talks on Ocean) conference series and toured the Tara Expedition schooner, which will release one of the consortium’s newly improved drifters near French Polynesia to study the vortices that develop around the area’s volcanic islands.
Environmental Science & Technology Features C-IMAGE Research on Cover
The journal’s July 19 issue cover features the research of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Texas A&M University scientists and depicts a remotely operated vehicle and gas-tight isobaric sampler encountering the Deepwater Horizon oil plume.
Meet CRGC Grad Student Leah Drakeford
Leah is a sociology Ph.D. student at Louisiana State University and a research assistant with the consortium. Learn about her background and scholarly interests!
CWC Releases 2016 LEAD Camp Photos
The science-based discovery camp provided campers with knowledge about and experience with Louisiana’s coastal and marine environments through hands-on field and lab work conducted alongside actual researchers, such as this project measuring and labeling periwinkle snails.
DEEPEND Researchers Present at Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists
The four researchers discussed topics ranging from the vertical dynamics and patterns of deep-pelagic fish assemblages to the reproductive ecology of dragonfishes as the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists celebrated its 100th Anniversary.
Video: DROPPS Scientist Explains How to Make “Dispersed Oil Stock”
Sarah Cosgrove describes how researchers create dispersed oil stock – a combination of water, oil, and dispersant – for use in experiments. This particular stock will be used to test oil’s toxicity to plankton.
ECOGIG Researchers Host STEMSEAS Students
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.
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