GoMRI Newsletter: Summer Issue 2015

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Above the Fold

“Highlights from the 2015 Summer Field Season”
“AUV Jubilee”
Frequently Asked Questions by Dr. Chuck Wilson
Note from the Research Board Chair
Education Spotlight
GoMRI Researcher Interview with Dr. Darrell Sparks







Community Happenings

Science Corner

Published Science Highlights from the GoMRI Program

Study Reveals Oil Spill Changed Oxygen Conditions in Gulf Sediment
D.W. Hastings, P.T. Schwing, G.R. Brooks, R.A. Larson, J.L. Moford, T. Roeder, K.A. Quinn, T. Bartlett, I.C. Romero, D.J. Hollander
Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, 2014

Study Describes Functional Diversity of Oil-Degrading Microbes in Coral and Sediment
R.L. Simister, E.W. Antzis, H.K. White
Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, 2015

Study Identifies Short-Term Changes in Plankton Communities after Oil Spill
L. Carassou, F.J. Hernandez, W.M. Graham
Environmental Research Letters, 2014, Vol. 9 No. 12

Study Estimates Subsea Dispersant Marginally Reduced Surface Oil
Z.M. Aman, C.B. Paris, E.F. May, M.L. Johns, D. Lindo-Atichati
Chemical Engineering Science, 2015 (127), 392-400

Study Informs Oil Spill Forensics with Petroleum Biomarkers Degradation Data
C. Aeppli, R.K. Nelson, J.R. Radović, C.A. Carmichael, D.L. Valentine, and C.M. Reddy
Environ. Sci. Technol., 2014, 48 (12), 6726–6734

Study Estimates Carbon, Likely from Deepwater Horizon Spill, in Gulf Sediment
J. Chanton, T. Zhao, B.E. Rosenheim, S. Joye, S. Bosman, C. Brunner, K.M. Yeager, A.R. Diercks, and D. Hollander
Environ. Sci. Technol., 2015, 49 (2), 847–854

Study Reviews Forecast System Used During Deepwater Horizon
E.D. Zaron, P.J. Fitzpatrick, S.L. Cross, J.M. Harding, F.L. Bub, J.D. Wiggert, D.S. Ko, Y. Lau, K. Woodard, and C.N.K. Mooers
Frontiers of Earth Science, 2015

To see all GoMRI publications, please visit the GoMRI Publication Database.

Video Clip of the Quarter

Scientists from C-IMAGE were asked what advice they would give to students interested in pursuing a career chemical oceanography, ecosystem modeling, and population genomics. Their thoughtful responses were collated into a video, which can be viewed here.

Videos from the 2015 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science Conference are now available online, including the plenaries and keynote speakers, as well as snapshots from the poster sessions.

GoMRI Newsmakers

The GoMRI community would like to congratulate Dr. John Farrington of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution on being elected as a 2015 Fellow of the American Geophysical Union! Congratulations Dr. Farrington on this very distinguished recognition of your contributions to the science community!

ECOGIG: ECOGIG helped celebrate World Oceans Day on June 8, 2015 by hosting and participating in two events: a Media and Education day in Gulf Port, MS, and a Reddit event titled “Challenges Faced by the Ocean and In Ocean Exploration.” Drs. Joye, Montoya, and Subramaniam from ECOGIG participated on the six-person panel. More information on the two events, including photos and a transcript of the Reddit event, can be found on ECOGIG’s website here.

GoMRI Scholars in Action

The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) is recognizing the graduate students whose vital research contribute to improving understanding about the damage, response, and recovery of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Candidates for this program must be graduate students who have participated in a GoMRI-funded project for at least one year, whose work is primarily funded by GoMRI, and who are working on a dissertation or thesis based on GoMRI-funded science.

Learn more about the scholars’ research and career paths on the GoMRI website:

Sea Grant

The Gulf Sea Grant program has been offering a selection of oil spill science seminars, focused on providing information to the general public on the impacts of oil spills. Topics include the effects of oil on coastal habitats and wetlands, the use of dispersants, and more. A summary of past presentations and links to watch the recordings are available on the Gulf Sea Grant website here.

Ocean Portal

Anatomy of an Oil Spill

Smithsonian Ocean Portal recently launched an Anatomy of an Oil Spill interactive info graphic. Created using GoMRI science, the graphic takes the viewer from the day the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded through today, with information and pictures detailing how the recovery in the Gulf is progressing. Check it out here!

Press Release

To recognize the fifth anniversary of the capping of the well from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, GoMRI compiled an article highlighting the program and answering ten questions about the spill that are being investigated through GoMRI science. The article is an excellent synthesis of the work that has been accomplished through the program in its first five years.

Illustration by Jason Mallett (Consortium for Ocean Leadership).

Illustration by Jason Mallett (Consortium for Ocean Leadership).


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