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November 1, 2016                                                                    GoMRI eNews

Stories

Study Examines Gulf Killifish Rapid Adaptive Resistance to Contaminants

Grad Student Fiore Investigates Oil Spill Impacts on Gulf Economy and Fisheries Resiliency

Study Identifies Ocean Processes That Drive Surface Material Clustering

OneGulf Voyage Gathers Unprecedented Marine Samples for Two Oil Spills

From the Archives

Grad Student Cruz Bridges Disciplines to Track Tiniest Plankton’s Response to Oil Spill

Posted on October 28, 2015
Jarrett Cruz has been all over the world studying nannoplankton, a marine species he did not know existed when his journey began. Jarrett’s research into these minuscule creatures spans both biology and geology as he studies the impact of oil on nannoplankton that live in the Gulf of Mexico.

Study Shows Drifter Data on Surface Currents Critical to Predict Pollutant Transport

Posted on October 28, 2014
Scientists measured the speed of small, short-lived Gulf surface currents using position data from nearly 300 drifters to determine surface current impact on the dispersion of ocean contaminants.

Tulane Scientists Hold Oil Spill Q&A Event with Vietnamese Fishing Community

Posted on October 30, 2013
Many people outside of the Gulf Coast region are not aware of the large population of Vietnamese residents who live across this area, in concentrated communities from Texas to Alabama.

Publications

Study Demonstrates Differences in Surface Dynamics for Crude and Weathered Oil 
Surface dynamics of crude and weathered oil in the presence of dispersants: Laboratory experiment and numerical simulation. Soloviev, A.V.; Haus, B.K.; McGauley, M.G.; Dean, C.W.; Ortiz-Suslow, D.G.; Laxague, N.J.M.; Ozgokmen, T.M.Journal of Geophysical Research, Oceans, Volume 121, Issue 5, May 2016, Pages 3502–3516.

Study Suggests No Major Immediate Oil Impact on Nitrifying Microbial Communities  
Population Dynamics and Community Composition of Ammonia Oxidizers in Salt Marshes after the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Bernhard, A.E.; Sheffer, R.; Giblin, A.E.; Marton, J.M.; Roberts, B.J. Frontiers in Microbiology, Volume 7, 09 June 2016.

Data

Raw and processed negative electrospray ionization coupled to Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry (ESI-FTICR-MS) data for mesocosm experiment samples collected from bulk DOM tank, control tank marine snow, and WAF tank marine snow. - Data Link

ROMS-WRF: Regional Ocean Modeling System (ROMS) coupled with the Weather Research Forecasting (WRF) model forecasts for the Gulf of Mexico for the period July-Sept 2010 - Data Link

In situ cardia function of young adult mahi-mahi (Coryphaena hippurus) following crude oil exposure - Data Link 

Video

GoMRI RFP-V: Food-Grade Dispersants as Highly Efficient / Safe Materials for Oil Spills (Raghavan)

GoMRI RFP-V: Food-Grade Dispersants as Highly Efficient / Safe Materials for Oil Spills (Raghavan)
Project is lead by P.I. Srinivasa R. Raghavan, University of Maryland.

Announcements

Register for the 2017 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference
Early-bird registration ends Nov 23. Click here to register. 

GRIIDC Showcases Tools at Gulf of Mexico Alliance Meeting
Read about the "Tools Cafe" that GOMA offered at their meeting this year.

Nov 8, Grand Cayman: Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute Annual Conference 
The Sea Grant Oil Spill Outreach Team will host a 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

Dec 11-15, New Orleans, LA:  Restore America's Estuaries Summit
This national meeting focuses on coastal restoration, science, and management practices.

Project Activities

RECOVER Video Depicts Mahi Research Using Tags and Drifters
The short clip focuses on Ph.D. student Lela Schlenker’s work capturing Mahi, fitting them with satellite tags, and releasing them back into the Gulf alongside biodegradable drifters. While the drifters track how the fish interact with currents, the satellite tags will document their speed, depth, and location.
 
Meet C-IMAGE’s September Student of the Month Lindsey Dornberger
Lindsey is a marine science Ph.D. student whose research incorporates field and laboratory studies assessing the Deepwater Horizon oil spill’s impacts on Gulf organisms into the Atlantis ecosystem model. Her work will allow researchers to use the model to identify the spill’s effects on the entire ecosystem, potential indirect effects, and which ecosystem areas require further research.
 
ACER Series Highlights Bioturbation
The most recent “Took Talk” entry focuses on bioturbation, an important process to ocean floor health that occurs when organisms move through, ingest, and alter the characteristics of seafloor sediment.
 
CONCORDE Photo Shows Local Fishers Preparing for Research
In the shot, a shrimper reviews sampling protocols for an upcoming expedition to the Mississippi Sound, where he will collect temperature and salinity depth profiles for the consortium’s field effort.
 
Get to Know CRGC Student Laura Edington
Laura is an economics and computer science undergraduate student at Tulane University. She is following her passion for information access and community empowerment through her CRGC work.
 
ECOGIG Takes “Ocean Discovery Zone” to Middle Schoolers
Consortium representatives used the Ocean Discovery Zone, an educational exhibit and hands-on activity, to teach Cowan Road Middle School students about impacts of hydrocarbons on deepwater ecosystems. Photos from the event are available hereLearn more about the Ocean Discovery Zone here.
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