Winter 2015 – GoMRI Researcher Interview with Dr. Irv Mendelssohn

Winter 2015 – GoMRI Researcher Interview with Dr. Irv Mendelssohn – March 12, 2015 (From Winter 2015 Newsletter) Dr. Irv Mendelssohn from Louisiana State University answered a few questions about his RFP-II project, Accelerating Recovery after the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Response of the Plant-Microbial-Benthic Ecosystem to Mitigation Strategies Promoting Wetland Remediation and Resilience 1.…

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NEW CONSORTIA!

NEW CONSORTIA! – March 12, 2015 (From Winter 2015 Newsletter) TWELVE CONSORTIA AND $140 MILLION TO STUDY OIL IMPACTS ON GULF OF MEXICO Through the RFP-IV program, GoMRI is awarding $140 million to support research to be carried out from 2015 through 2017. GoMRI Chief Scientific Officer, Chuck Wilson, addresses FAQ on the new consortia…

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Joe Katz (left) and Ed Buskey (right) stand at the top of the mesocosm tank at Johns Hopkins University. Photo Credit: Brad Gemmell, UTMSI.

Mesocosm Experiments Look at Oil Spills from the Bottom Up

Mesocosm Experiments Look at Oil Spills from the Bottom Up – March 12, 2015 (From Winter 2015 Newsletter) Scientists have simulated a variety of deep-sea oil spill conditions in miniature via a pair of mesocosms, an approach that bridges traditional laboratory and in situ observations. A large team of researchers from the Dispersion Research on…

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Winter 2015 – Frequently Asked Questions by Dr. Chuck Wilson

Winter 2015 – Frequently Asked Questions by Dr. Chuck Wilson – March 12, 2015 (From Winter 2015 Newsletter) Dr. Chuck Wilson, Chief Scientific Officer for the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI), answers a few of the most frequently asked questions about the program. Question: The GoMRI just announced twelve Consortia awards through the RFP-IV…

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Ph.D. student Ryan Sibert directs the young ROV pilots at a game in Athens, Georgia. Photo Credit: Christine Laporte/ECOGIG.

Winter 2015 – Education Spotlight

(From Winter 2015 Newsletter) ECOGIG scientists recently launched the “Science at the Stadium” education program to connect fascinating undersea research technology with the thrilling college football atmosphere. On game day at the University of Georgia (UGA) and University of Mississippi (UM) stadiums, researchers invited kids to pilot remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), the robotic submarines used…

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Winter 2015 – Note from the Research Board Chair

(From Winter 2015 Newsletter) Dr. Rita Colwell, University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University GoMRI research is carried out in approximately 192 institutions located in 37 states and seven countries. Thus, the challenges in coordinating such a far-reaching community of scientists are complex and occasionally daunting. The GoMRI Research Board recognizes the need to foster…

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Snow in the Gulf of Mexico

(From Winter 2015 Newsletter) It may not happen too often on land, but beneath the surface of the ocean, it’s a whole different story. As plants and animals living near the ocean’s surface die, they decay and fall to the seafloor in a natural phenomenon known as marine snow, which gets its name because the…

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