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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.

September 6, 2016                                                                    GoMRI eNews

Stories

Bill Hogarth Receives Carl R. Sullivan Fishery Conservation Award

Rapid Response Study Characterizes Behaviors of Accidental Short-Term Oil Blowouts

Grad Student Sun Uses Sun Glint to Assess Oil Spills

From the Archives

Study Quantifies Photooxidation and Biodegradation of Surface Oil

Posted on September 3, 2015
Scientists from the University of Texas at Austin assessed photooxidation and biodegradation rates on different hydrocarbon groups.

Study Identifies Oil Degraders that Stand Ready for Hydrocarbon Inputs

Posted on September 2, 2014
Using high-resolution DNA sequencing of specific marker genes to analyze microbial community composition, scientists tracked the diversity and abundance of water-column bacteria before and after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Study: Wave Data Can Improve Forecasts that Help Search and Rescue Operations and Oil Spill Response

Posted on August 26, 2013
Scientists with the Norwegian Meteorological Institute are quantifying wave effects for use in ocean models that predict the direction of surface water movement.

Drifters in Path of Hurricane Isaac Provide New Insights on Ocean Currents

Posted on August 28, 2012
Hurricanes can pose significant risks to human and environmental health. However, a scientific “silver lining” exists in the midst of Hurricane Isaac.

Publications

Study Quantifies Oil Excretion Rates by Planktonic Copepods
How much crude oil can zooplankton ingest? Estimating the quantity of dispersed crude oil defecated by planktonic copepods. Almeda, R.; Connelly, T.L.; Buskey, E.J. (2016) Environmental Pollution, 2016, Volume 208, Part B, 645–654

Study Quantifies Oil and Dispersed-Oil Degradation Potential of Two Bacterial Strains
Hydrocarbon-Degrading Bacteria Exhibit a Species-Specific Response to Dispersed Oil while Moderating Ecotoxicity. Overholt, W.A.; Marks, K.P.; Romero, I.C.; Hollander, D.J.; Snell, T.W.; Kostka, J.E. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 2016, Volume 82, Number 2, 518-527

Data

Fish eggs and larvae assemblages collected before and after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, near Dauphin Island, Alabama, June-July 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 - data link

Ground truth field data for the NCALM airborne hyperspectral and Lidar data collected in August 2015 - data link

Oil droplet counts and volumes in fecal pellets of planktonic copepods (Temora turbinata, Acartia tonsa, and Parvocalanus crassirostris) exposed to crude oil and dispersant-treated oil emulsions - data link

Video

GoMRI RFP-V: Synergistic Dispersant & Herding Systems using Tubular Clay & Gel Phase (John)
The Design of Synergistic Dispersant and Herding Systems using Tubular Clay Structures and Gel Phase Materials project is lead by P.I. Vijay John, Tulane University.

It is proposed to conduct fundamental and applied research to develop dispersant systems that are synergistic with C9500, but that may alleviate many of the disadvantages of C9500 without the need for entirely different chemical components. The proposed research involves fundamental concepts relevant to the stabilization oil droplets by particles (Pickering emulsions) that are relevant to the formation of oilmineral aggregates. The innovation in the proposed work lies in the use of natural tubular clays known as halloysites which are available in the large quantities necessary for oil spill remediation. When filled with surfactant, the clays not only stabilize the oil drops against coalescence, but also reduce the interfacial tension through a targeted release of surfactant to the oil-water interface. 

Announcements

The Call for Abstracts is now open the 2017 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science Conference
The 2017 conference theme, “Ecosystem Approaches to Gulf Response and Restoration,” encourages researchers to consider the application of their results to practical use.  Scientific research will be critical to informing planning, preparedness, response and recovery for future events, and connecting this to decision makers in the response and restoration communities will be key.

Workshop: Oil Spill Response 101 and Exploring the Role of Environmental Research during Response
C-IMAGE is co-hosting a half day workshop with Exxon/Mobil at the Clean Gulf Conference this November in Tampa. This API-sponsored session will give a full review of what happens in the response community during an oil spill: Discuss the current role of science data in response, Foster relationships between the research and response community, Discuss the appropriate role of academic research in a response, and Understand role of ‘operational research’ in response. In order to sign up for our Tuesday workshop, simply RSVP to Sherryl Gilbert (sherry@usf.edu) to confirm attendance. 

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.

Project Activities

ACER Grad Student Presents Research at 2016 AES Meeting
Emily Seubert’s presentation at the American Elasmobranch Society meeting focused on her hypothesis that the species and functional diversity of apex and mesopredators can impact an ecosystem’s resiliency following a natural disaster. Learn more about her research here!
 
C-IMAGE Scientists Attend Pint of Science Event
Pint of Science communicates scientific findings to the public through settings such as local bars and breweries. The program’s Tampa branch invited Drs. Lauren McDaniel and David Hastings to share brews at The Amsterdam in downtown St. Petersburg and discuss oil’s biological impacts on microbes and the more positive aspects of climate change.
 
DEEPEND Blog Introduces Kids to Bioacoustics
A recent blog post detailed how deep-sea researchers can use different sound frequencies and pulse lengths to identify fish and crustaceans in the water column through their own “acoustic fingerprint” – an echo that each group of organisms produces when pinged at different frequencies.
 
Get to Know CWC Researcher Jacqui Levi
Levi is researching if and how the oil spill impacted important salt marsh biogeochemical processes such as greenhouse gas production and nitrification. Learn more about her work and dedication to conservation!
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