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October 4, 2016                                                                    GoMRI eNews


Science at the Stadium Scores Big with Game-Day Attendees

Study Finds Natural Sunlight Affects Oil-Degrading Bacteria Composition and Dynamics

Scientists Use Oil Spill Research to Track Pollution in Biscayne Bay

Screenscope Releases 50 Short Videos to Accompany Dispatches from the Gulf Documentary

From the Archives

Model Comparison Study Confirms Subsea Dispersant Effectiveness

Posted on September 21, 2015
An international science team assessed predictions from multiple oil spill models and found that subsea dispersants used during response to a simulated accidental blowout may reduce oil droplet size by at least one order of magnitude.

Grad Student Laxague is Making Waves Using Sea-surface Ripples to Detect Oil

Posted on October 7, 2014
Nathan Laxague studies a small-scale subject matter that has potentially large-scale applications. Capillary waves – or ripples – on the ocean surface can indicate the presence of a film or oil slick on the water’s surface, making them “an important link in the chain of oil spill response.”

Flexible Internship Program a Perfect Match for Science Learners and Leaders

Posted on September 25, 2013
Scientists studying the impact of oil in the Gulf of Mexico perform experiments on everything from sand to water to sea life.

Deep-C Surveys the Gulf Before, During, and After Hurricane Isaac

Posted on September 26, 2012
Hurricane Isaac churned up more than just winds and waters as it crossed the Gulf of Mexico, and researchers took quick action to study its effect...


Study Uses LES for Wave Swell Influence on Oil Plume Transport
Effects of swell on transport and dispersion of oil plumes within the ocean mixed layer. Chen, B.; Yang, D.; Meneveau, C.; Chamecki, M. Journal of Geophysical Research, Volume 121, Issue 5, May 2016, Pages 3564–3578

Study Finds UVB Radiation Increases Crude Oil Toxicity to Copepods
Influence of UVB radiation on the lethal and sublethal toxicity of dispersed crude oil to planktonic copepod nauplii. Almeda, R.; Harvey, T.E.; Connelly, T.L.; Baca, S.; Buskey, E.J. Chemosphere, Volume 152, June 2016, Pages 446–458


Identifying hydrocarbons remaining in Louisiana salt marsh tar balls and sediment from 2010-2012 -- data link

Time Course Crude Oil Exposures of Early Life Stage Mahi-Mahi for RNA-Seq and Assessment of Cardiotoxicity -- data link

Large eddy simulation data of moist convection of atmosphere -- data link


GoMRI RFP-V: Wetland plant-microbial-benthic ecosystem responses & mitigation strategy (Lin)

GoMRI RFP-V: Wetland plant-microbial-benthic ecosystem responses & mitigation strategy (Lin)
Project is lead by P.I. Qianxin Lin, Louisiana State University..


News for 2017 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference
  • Register now here. Early-bird registration deadline is November 23, 2016.
  • Abstract submissions are currently under review; notifications should go out in mid-October.
  • The online program should be available late November. 
  • Information on sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities is available here.
Nov 8, Grand Cayman: Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute Annual Conference 
Join the Sea Grant outreach specialists' workshop titled Oil Spill Science and Information Needs for Gulf and Caribbean Stakeholders at the conference. Click here to register for the Sea Grant workshop. Click here for more information about the conference
Please be advised that the content from the BP Gulf Science Data (GSD) website ( is migrating to the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) data discovery site, GRIIDC. The BP GSD files are now available at the GRIIDC site (, under the Research Award topic of “BP Gulf Science Data. The BP GSD site will be decommissioned on September 30, 2016, and will not be accessible after this date. As of October 1, 2016, the GoMRI team will manage all GSD content. Please direct all data-related inquiries to the GoMRI team at or refer to the metadata citation information available on the GoMRI GRIIDC site.

Project Activities

ACER “Tool Talk” Series Discusses Genetic Diversity
This entry in the series discusses how scientists look at biodiversity on the genetic level by identifying variations in genes between individuals.
CARTHE Director Participates in Reddit AMA Event
An AMA – short for “Ask Me Anything” – is a public question-and-answer event hosted on the discussion website Reddit. Director Tamay Özgökmen spent five hours responding to roughly 200 questions from users about his research, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and the importance of our oceans.
C-IMAGE Researcher Granted Microbiome Award
Dr. Andrea Tarnecki was recently given the award, presented by MO BIO Laboratories, to study the effects of oil exposure on fish. Congratulations!
FIU News Features DEEPEND Research
Ahead of the upcoming feature film Deepwater Horizon, FIU News highlighted the consortium’s efforts to uncover the spill’s environmental and ecological impacts. Their efforts will help better prepare scientists, first responders, and policy makers to understand, respond to, and mitigate damage from future spills.
ECOGIG Kicks off Deep Corals and Oil Cruise
The expedition will collect data about the health of deep-sea corals and their microbial associates and how these organisms are responding to natural oil and gas exposure. Learn more about the cruise here and see photos from the cruise here!
New Orleans Students Analyze LADC-GEMM Data
Five Warren Easton Charter High School students will participate in the Warren Easton Research Group, where they will learn how to analyze and interpret data and how to communicate and collaborate in a professional environment. The students will analyze sperm whale, beaked whale, and dolphin sound data using a graphical user interface and create weekly PowerPoints communicating their work.
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