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GOOies Descend on Florida Beaches to Continue Oil Spill Research
(Source: GoMRI website, April 7, 2014)
In late February, a team of 25 future scientists went on a beachcombing expedition like no other. They searched and found oil patties that potentially came out of a well hundreds of miles away, four years ago. The group is part of Project GOO, an initiative of the Deep-C consortium funded by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI). Project GOO trains citizen scientists to assist researchers studying long-term environmental impacts from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.  Read more...


GCOOS Meeting Highlights
(Source: IOOS Z-Gram, March 21, 2014)
Being able to overlay the models and observations is the next challenge and GCOOS is evaluating work done through the DEEPC project as a possible solution.  Read more...


Scientists: Gulf able to absorb methane from oil spill
(Source: Tallahassee Democrat, March 24, 2014)
A team of scientists from Florida A&M and Florida State universities, joined by graduate students at each school, has been examining the methane released during the oil spill  Read more...


Florida State University: Researchers Finds Methane from Oil Spill has Entered Food Web
(Source: Ocean E-News, March 19, 2014)
When millions of gallons of oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico four years ago, so did large volumes of methane, or natural gas. Now, researchers from Florida State University and Florida A&M University have confirmed that methane-derived carbon has entered the Gulf's food web through tiny organic particles floating in the Gulf.  Read more...


Modeling Study Adds Evidence that Oil Compounds Traveled to West Florida Shelf
(Source: GoMRI, March 17, 2014)
Scientists from the University of South Florida used circulation models to conduct a tracer simulation and compared output patterns with ecological analyses to determine the possibility that hydrocarbons from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill could have moved onto the West Florida Shelf (WFS).  Read more...


Researcher finds methane from oil spill has entered food web
(Source: Phys.org, March 13, 2014)
Dr. Jeff Chanton, a researcher at Florida State University, reports that 28 percent to 43 percent of the carbon found in the tiny floating particles which are ubiquitous in the Gulf is related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and derived from the uptake of spill-methane by bacteria.  Read more...


If Not From the Missing Malaysia Airlines Plane, Why Were There Oil Slicks in the South China Sea?
(Source: The Weather Channel - Environment, March 12, 2014)
News that search and rescue teams had spotted two large oil slicks in the South China Sea stimulated hope that signs of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 might soon follow. But lab analysis of samples taken from the scene revealed that jet fuel wasn't a part of oil slicks, ruling out the site as a potential location of the missing jet.  According to Deep-C researcher Ian MacDonald, a professor of oceanography at Florida State University who specializes in oil spills, it doesn't take much oil to create a sizeable slick. Learn more...


Researcher finds methane from oil spill has entered food web
(Source: FSU News, March 11, 2014)
When millions of gallons of oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico four years ago, so did large volumes of methane, or natural gas. Now, Deep-C scientists at Florida State University and researchers at Florida A&M University have confirmed that methane-derived carbon has entered the Gulf’s food web through tiny organic particles floating in the Gulf. Learn more...


Florida still in grip of 2010 BP oil spill
(Source: Bradenton Herald, March 11, 2014)
A new study by Deep-C researchers found that dissolved oil from the millions of gallons that spewed from BP's Macondo well sickened fish and diminished their immune systems past Manatee County further south. Learn more...


High schoolers get a taste for science research
(Source: FSView/FAMU Flambeau, March 3, 2014)
Oil spills can be devastating to the oceans, and about four years ago, an oil spill occurred in the Gulf of Mexico, which threatened life in the water. Eric Chassignet, Florida State University’s director of the Deep-C Consortium and the Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies at FSU, has decided to enlist the help of 25 high school students from the Pensacola area to aid him in searching for ‘oil patties.’ Learn more...


USF study: Diseased fish show dissolved oil from BP spill as far south as Sanibel
(Source: Tampa Bay Times, February 26, 2014)
Dissolved oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill off Louisiana wafted underwater all the way down to Florida's Sanibel Island, sickening fish along the way, according to a new study from Deep-C scientists. Learn more...


Scientists Train Next Generation on Oil Spill Research
(Source: Spill International, February 26, 2014)
As part of ongoing research nearly four years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI, USA) have joined forces with a group of high-school students in Florida to collect remnants of oil from Gulf Coast beaches. Marine chemist Chris Reddy studies how the many compounds that compose petroleum hydrocarbon, or oil, behave and change over time after an oil spill. On 28 February 2014, students worked alongside Reddy and his colleagues from the Florida State University in a living laboratory at a Pensacola shore. Learn more...


Scientists Train Students on Oil Spill Research
(Source: MarineLink.com, February 26, 2014)
On Feb. 28, the group of students will work alongside Reddy’s team and colleagues from the Florida State University in a living laboratory at a Pensacola, Fla. beach. This field expedition is part of a new education initiative called the Gulf Oil Observers (GOO). Learn more...


West Florida Students To Research Gulf Oil Patties
(Source: NorthEscambia.com, February 25, 2014)
West Florida High School’s Marine Science students have been given an opportunity to engage in hands-on research that is as meaningful as it is fun thanks to a new initiative called Project Gulf Oil Observations (GOO). The research consortium Deep Sea to Coast Connectivity in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico (Deep-C) developed Project GOO which trains teachers and students to be effective citizen scientists and puts their new-found knowledge to use during visits to Gulf beaches in search of oil patties. Learn more...


Scientists Train the Next Generation on Oil Spill Research
(Source: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, February 25, 2014)
As part of on-going research nearly four years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) will team up with a group of high school students in Florida to collect remnants of oil from Gulf Coast beaches this week. Learn more...


MagLab open house inspires, entertains
(Source: Tallahassee Democrat, February 23, 2014)
Hundreds of people and one hammerhead shark turned out for the 19th annual open house at the MagLab on Saturday, February 24. Read more...


Student Drifter Competition for Coastal Oil Experiment has Cascading Wins
(Source: GoMRI Website, February 21, 2014)
It was a tall order, but high school students rose to the challenge: they integrated physics, engineering, and scientific curiosity and created functional data-gathering drifters. They also became part of a scientific effort to improve predictions of how oil moves through coastal waters and onto shores.Read more...


Radio Interview:  Dr. Amy McKenna Discusses "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly" Science Cafe Lecture
(Source: WFSU.org, January 4, 2014)
WFSU radio's Tom Flanigan interviews physical oceanographer and Deep-C researcher Amy McKenna about her upcoming Science Cafe lecture "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: Molecules of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Listen to the radio interview...


Local Scientist Teaches Public About Crude Oil
(Source: WCTV.tv, February 4, 2014)
Local scientists met with the community Tuesday to talk a little bit about oil. Residents all along Florida's Coast are still feeling the affects from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in the Gulf. Mag Lab chemist Amy McKenna met with dozens of big bend residents tonight in Tallahassee with a presentation about crude oil and its impact. She has been studying oil since the spill, and hopes her presentation left a mark.   Read and hear more.


The nature of oil & the BP spill: The good, the bad and the ugly
(Source: Tallahassee Democrat, January 24, 2014)
For nearly a decade, chemist Amy McKenna has studied the Earth’s most complex chemical substance: crude oil. On Feb. 4, at the Mag Lab’s first 2014 Science Café, she’ll discuss the nature of oil and the 2010 BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  Read more.


Study Confirms Methane-Eating Bacteria Contributed to Carbon Entering Food Web
(Source: GoMRI website, January 14, 2014)
The 2010 Gulf oil spill released large volumes of both oil and methane. Above water measurements at the time indicated that little of this methane went into the atmosphere, suggesting that the majority of it remained in the water column. Summarizing findings from his 2012 study, Deep-C researcher Dr. Jeff Chanton said they found “approximately 5-15% of the carbon-composing plankton collected in 2010 and 2011 could be attributed to carbon released by the oil spill” with “smaller size plankton appearing to have more petro-carbon in it” and that “methane (rather than oil) seemed a more likely avenue for the intrusion of petro-carbon into the food web.”  Read more.


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