In The News...
CARTHE and DEEP-C Inspire Future Scientists
(Source: GoMRI, May 22, 2013)
Two GoMRI-funded researchers shared their experiences working closely with middle and high school students who initiated contact with them for help on science fair projects. Read the article.
Tracking Recovery from Deepwater Horizon: MILET System Aids Environmental Monitoring in Gulf of Mexico
(Source: Sea Technology Magazine, May 2013)
Dr. Ian MacDonald shares about how a diverse suite of efforts, systems and instruments are coming online as the post-disaster research begins to produce results. Read the article.
Spotlight on Deep-C Scientist Brian Wells Aboard Weatherbird II
(Source: USF Blog "Adventures at Sea," May 17, 2013)
Deep-C graduate student Brian Wells joined the February C-IMAGE research cruise in the Gulf of Mexico. Read more...
Study: Dispersants Can Move Hydrocarbons Faster and Deeper into Gulf Sand
(Source: GoMRI, May 10, 2013)
Se hvordan 750.000 ton spildt olie efter katastrofen i Den Mexicanske Golf bevægede sig fra det dybe hav til Floridas og Alabamas kyster.
Ubemandet sejlskib følger olieudslippet fra Deepwater Horizon (Unmanned sailing ship follows the oil spill from the Deepwater Horizon)
(Source: Ingeniøren, May 9, 2013)
Se hvordan 750.000 ton spildt olie efter katastrofen i Den Mexicanske Golf bevægede sig fra det dybe hav til Floridas og Alabamas kyster. Læs artiklen (Read the article).
Kan undersøke havet fra skrivepulten (Examine the ocean from your desk)
(Source: Teknisk Ukeblad, May 6, 2013)
Norsk, ubemannet seilbåt samler data i Mexicogulfen (Norwegian, unmanned sailboat collects data in the Gulf of Mexico). Les artikkelen (read the article).
The Challenges of Disaster Follow-up Research
(Source: WCAI-NPR, April 29, 2013)
During and immediately after both the Gulf oil spill, scientists scrambled to determine the scope of the event and answer the questions of governments and the public. Three years later, the event has largely faded from the headlines and the public conscience. But if previous events like Exxon Valdez or Chernobyl are any indication, interesting and worthwhile scientific questions could persist for decades. The challenge is finding the people and funding to sustain long-term research efforts. Read and listen to the radio interview.
Deep-C Launches the Gulf’s First SailBuoy for Scientific Observations
(Source: Ocean News & Technology, April 26, 2013)
Think of a surfboard-sized water version of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle and you have the SailBuoy. Read the article.
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Scientists Address Conference Attendees
(Source: Coalition to Restore Coastal Lousiana Blog, April 24, 2013)
On the third anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon incident, a diverse group of researchers gathered at Louisiana State University for a conference to discuss “Louisiana Research Perspectives on the Deepwater Horizon 2010 Spill: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.” Presenters included ecologists, geologists, physicists, sociologists, public health experts, economists, and fishermen, among others, who discussed research generated from the oil spill to date, with a strong focus on what has been learned and what new research questions the current knowledge has generated. Read the article.
Deep-C Technology Experiences Bring Science to Life for Students
(Source: Ocean News & Technology, April 24, 2013)
Technology plays a key role in oil-spill studies and GoMRI consortia researchers are involving students in the nuts and bolts (literally) of science, turning abstract concepts into real-word applications. Read the article.
Research aims to understand post-spill Gulf
(Source: Tallahassee Democrat, April 22, 2013)
Three years after the Macondo Well spewed nearly 5 million barrells of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, researchers are wrestling with the questions that linger in the wake of one of the largest man-made environmental disasters. Read the article.
Third Anniversary of the Oil Spill: Update on Scientific Research in the Gulf
(Source: Deep-C.org, April 12, 2013)
Nearly three years ago, in the wake of an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, thousands of barrels of crude oil were flowing into the ocean daily from a damaged well about 40 miles southeast of the Louisiana coast. Eleven individuals lost their lives on April 20, 2010 and the flow of oil continued for nearly three months while scientists and engineers worked to cap the Macondo well. The disaster would eventually become the largest accidental marine oil spill in history. Read the article.
Gulf of Mexico Oil Disaster Still Kills Dolphins
(Source: SurferToday.com, April 10, 2013)
The Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is still killing dolphins, sea turtles and other marine life in record numbers. Read the article.
Deep-C Scientists Help Distribute GISR Drift Cards in the Gulf
(Source: Pensacola News Journal, April 10, 2013)
Deep-C scientists chipped in to help their colleagues at the GISR Consortium distribute drifter cards in the Gulf. The cards are part of a research project to study the Gulf’s currents to aid prediction modeling for future oil spills. Read the article.
The Human Side of Oil Spill Science
(Source: GoMRI.org, April 8, 2013)
Events from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill three years ago remain on the minds and hearts of many people, especially for those who lost loves ones. When an incident of this magnitude strikes, the story is sometimes as much about the response as the event itself; and part of the response is from the science community. Read the article.
The Crucial Role Of Data In Ocean Management and Research – An Interview With Dr. Iskandarani
(Source: MarineExplore, April 2, 2013)
An interview with Dr. Iskandarani, associate professor at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences. He specializes in the development and testing of numerical oceanographic models. Read the interview.
Stars Middle School Highlights "Scientists in the Schools" Program
(Source: StarsMiddleSchool.org, April 2013)
As part of an ongoing project at Stars Middle School in Tallahassee, researchers from Florida State University Deep-C program challenged the students to think outside the box, or in this case, the aquarium. Students learned that the ecology of the Gulf of Mexico depends on the tiny organisms called plankton. Visit the photo gallery.
Student team working on experimental radar unit
(Source: Deep-C.org, April 2, 2013)
A team of engineering students is working to enhance oil spill detection methods by characterizing the physical properties of different oil-water emulsion ratios on a radar signal. This is crucial for accurate interpretation of radar imagery from satellites when they are being used to detect oil spills. Read the article...
NAME THAT BUOY!
(Source: Deep-C.org, March 27, 2013)
While scientists watch and learn from the Deep-C sailbuoy as it travels in the Gulf, the Consortium is also on the hunt for an appropriate name -- one that conveys the exciting nature of this research. And we are turning to high school classrooms for suggestions. Read about the contest...
New Marine Device Used for Scientific Observations in the Gulf of Mexico
(Source: Deep-C.org, March 17, 2013)
Deep-C's SailBuoy was launched on March 15, 2013 approximately 11 nautical miles (nm) south of Cape San Blas. She will be at sea for approximately two months, during which time it will sail approximately 840nm on a cruise track that criss-crosses the Gulf coast, from the Florida Panhandle to West Louisiana. Its mission is to gather scientific data throughout the northeastern Gulf of Mexico. Read about the contest...
Two years on: the legacy of the BP-Deepwater Horizon oil spill
(Source: The Conversation, March 27, 2013)
It is now two and a half years since the Deepwater Horizon oil well blowout in the northeastern Gulf of Mexico. Both the people and the ecosystem of the Gulf were changed by this massive spill; how well are they recovering? Read the article...
Lake Weir takes third in ROV competition
(Source: Ocala Star-Banner, March 19, 2013)
Eight sophomore students from the Experimental Sciences class at Lake Weir High School placed third out of six teams in Deep-C Consortium’s first Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Competition, held in early March. Read the article...
Deep sea domination
(Source: Santa Rosa's Press Gazette, March 4, 2013)
A group of approximately eight students at Santa Rosa Christian spent the last six months designing and building the vehicle, which will be responsible for completing missions similar to those done in exploration in the marine industry. Read the article...
First Annual Deep-C ROV Competition Showcases Students’ Talent and Ingenuity
(Source: Deep-C.org, March 4, 2013)
Months of hard work culminated with the first annual Deep-C ROV competition where six teams braved the cold weather to test their creations. Read the article...
FSU Launches New Research Vessel, the RV Apalachee
(Source: Tallahassee Democrat, March 18, 2013)
Initial projects aboard the new RV Apalachee will be aimed at BP Deepwater Horizon spill-related research. The Coastal Marine Lab, with FSU in the lead, is part of the Deep-C Consortium research group, 10 research institutions assessing the 2010 oil spill. Read the article...
'Dirty Blizzard' in Gulf of Mexico May Account for Missing Deepwater Horizon Oil
(Source: Science Daily, March 14, 2013)
Oil from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill acted as a catalyst for plankton and other surface materials to clump together and fall to the sea floor in a massive sedimentation event that researchers are calling a "dirty blizzard." Read the article...
'Dirty Blizzard' May Account For Missing Deepwater Horizon Oil
(Source: WCTV," March 14, 2013)
Jeff Chanton, the John Widmer Winchester Professor of Oceanography in the Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science at Florida State University, is one of the members of the Deep-C Consortium who presented the dirty blizzard hypothesis at a recent conference in New Orleans that focused on the effects of the oil spill on the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem. Read the press release...
SENSE IT Teacher Workshop on Water Monitoring
(Source: Deep-C.org," March 12, 2013)
Middle and high school science teachers gathered at the FSU Coastal & Marine Laboratory for an all-day workshop on building water temperature sensors. The workshop was part of the Student Enabled Network of Sensors for the Environment using Innovative Technology (SENSE IT) project developed through the National Science Foundation and was co-hosted by the C-IMAGE and Deep-C consortia. Read the blog post...
Sharing Science with Students
(Source: Deep-C.org," March 2013)
“Science is cool!” At least that's what most of us scientists think, but not always the first thing that crosses students’ minds when they are learning about mitosis and meiosis, or the chemical formula for photosynthesis. So in Deep-C's “Scientists in the Schools" program that is exactly the message we are trying to get across… science really IS cool! Read the blog post...
Science Collaborations: C-IMAGE and DEEP-C Join Forces
(Source: USF Blog "Adventures at Sea," February 10, 2013)
During this C-IMAGE expedition, the C-IMAGE team is collaborating to share vessel time with scientists from the DEEP-C consortia housed at Florida State University. Collaboration is an excellent way for scientists from multiple GoMRI consortia to work collectively to better understand the Gulf ecosystem. Read the blog post...
Meet the Deep-C Graduate Students Aboard Weatherbird II
(Source: USF Blog "Adventures at Sea," February 10, 2013)
Deep-C graduate students Brian Wells and Lee Russell joined the February C-IMAGE Ocean Grazers Expedition. Read more...
Meet Deep-C Scientist Cedric Magen
(Source: USF Blog "Adventures at Sea," February 10, 2013)
Cedric Magen is on board the Weatherbird II to collect water samples and conduct tests that can be utilized to further his research to help understand the distribution, role, and cause of methane in the oceans; specifically the Gulf of Mexico. Read more...
BP Research Dollars Yield Signs of Cautious Hope
(Source: Science Magazine, February 8, 2013)
An unusual interdisciplinary conference held in New Orleans was the first public meeting of the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative, a nonprofit organization that is disbursing $500 million donated by oil giant BP to scientists over 10 years. Read the summary...
Radio Interview: Dr. Felicia Coleman Discusses "The Secret Life of Fish" Science Cafe Lecture
(Source: WFSU.org, February 5, 2013)
WFSU radio's Tom Flanigan interviews marine scientist and Deep-C researcher Felicia Coleman about her upcoming Science Cafe lecture "The Secret Life of Fish: Grouper Sex and Other Salty Stuff. Listen to the radio interview...
Science Cafe "The Secret Life of Fish: Grouper Sex and Other Salty Stuff"
(Source: Deep-C, February 2013)
Marine biologist Felicia Coleman has the answers to some juicy sea-creature questions — and she’s ready to reveal them on Feb. 5 at the MagLab’s first Science Café of 2013. Take grouper sex, for example. Coleman, the director of the Florida State University Coastal and Marine Laboratory, has the down low on an amazing gender-transforming scenario that regularly plays out beneath the waves. Read the article...
Mystery 'oil sheen' grows near site of BP Gulf disaster, says researcher
(Source: NBC News: Science, January 31, 2013)
A persistent, mysterious "oil sheen" in the Gulf of Mexico near the site of BP’s Deepwater Horizon disaster grew to more than seven-miles long and one-mile wide during a recent stretch of calm seas, based on aerial observations made by a former NASA physicist turned environmental activist. Learn more...
Standard Oil Spill Tests Might Miss Important Class Of Chemicals
(Source: Chemical & Engineering News: Science, January 30, 2013)
For decades, scientists studying oil spills have relied on the same analytical methods when tracking the movement of oil and assessing a spill’s environmental impact. But these techniques miss an entire class of compounds that could account for about half of the total oil in some samples, according to research presented at the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference, in New Orleans. Read the article...
Minor Oil Spills are Often Bigger Than Reported
(Source: Nature.com, January 28, 2013)
By analysing satellite images, oceanographers have found that small oil spills in the heavily drilled northern Gulf of Mexico are often much larger than reported. Read the article...
Dirty Blizzard Buried Deepwater Horizon Oil
(Source: Nature.com, January 26, 2013)
One-third of oil from 2010 spill may be mixed with sea-floor sediments. Missing oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill may have ended up at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico. Read the article...
Deep-C Internships Offer Real-World Research Experience
(Source: Deep-C, January 2013)
Deep-C initiates a new internship program designed to carefully match interns to opportunities proposed by Deep-C scientists. The new Deep-C research internships program will offer participants the opportunity to conduct research in various fields of science, as well as gain real-world experience working with scientists on projects that support the Deep-C mission. Learn more..