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DEEPEND Conference Presentatio...

23 March 2018

Nova Southeastern University kicked off the conference program for the year by hosting a two-day Gra...

Rock the Ocean’s Tortuga Music...

02 March 2018

From April 6-8, 2018, DEEPEND members will be attending Rock the Ocean’s Tortuga Musical Festival a...

The DEEPEND timeline, illustra...

10 January 2018

The DEEPEND timeline was conceived by world-class photographer Danté Fenolio as a platform through w...

Master's Monday Blog Series

06 November 2017

DEEPEND Starts the Master’s Monday Blog Series We are beginning a blog series which will feature DEE...

DEEPEND display booth at their...

02 November 2017

Texas A&M University has created a DEEPEND display booth at their Sea Life Facility. This booth...

DEEPEND featured all week long...

02 November 2017

CREEP INTO THE DEEPEND, YEAR 3: The deep is by far the largest affected habitat from the 2010 Deepwa...

Happy Hagfish Day 10-18-17!

18 October 2017

Read more about Hagfish Day here... DEEPEND Consortium Director, Tracey Sutton, shares his expertis...

American Heritage School Scien...

04 August 2017

The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) has funded several research efforts related to the De...

Dr. Tracey Sutton interview at...

04 August 2017

Dr. Tracey Sutton discusses the goals of the DEEPEND consortium at the 2017 GOMOSES conference in N...

DEEPEND at the 2017 Joint Meet...

25 July 2017

This month, a number of DEEPEND researchers travelled to Austin to take part in the 2017 Joint Meet...

DEEPEND at Artist Boat World O...

18 June 2017

On June 8th, 2017 DEEPEND members from Texas A&M University at Galveston attended the second ann...

Cruise DP05 sets sail April 29...

26 April 2017

Cruise DP05 on board the R/V Point Sur sets sail on April 29th. On April 26th, a glider was deployed...

Tortuga Music Festival a Succe...

10 April 2017

We would like to thank everyone who came out to support us at Rock the Ocean’s Conservation Village...

DEEPEND at the Tortuga Music F...

04 April 2017

The DEEPEND Consortium is joining Rock The Ocean’s Conservation Village at the Tortuga Music Festiv...

NSU Halmos College of Natural...

04 April 2017

The DEEPEND (Deep Pelagic Nekton Dynamics of the Gulf of Mexico) project, a consortium of 15 institu...

Creep into the DEEPEND Summer...

02 March 2017

2017: Creep into the DEEPEND Summer Camps are back! This summer, Creep into the DEEPEND Summer Camp...

GOM Exploration Teacher Worksh...

23 January 2017

We had a great turn out of 23 teachers at TAMU Galveston for the third Gulf of Mexico Exploration t...

Marine Navigation Lesson Plan

09 January 2017

We are pleased to present you with the fourth in a series of teaching and learning modules develope...

Fort Lauderdale Boat Show a Su...

07 November 2016

Thanks to all who stopped by the DEEPEND booth at the Fort Lauderdale Boat show. The show was a succ...

Life and Death in the Deep Oce...

01 November 2016

The club is honored to have Professor Tracey Sutton speak about his research. He is the director an...

DEEPEND at the Fort Lauderdale...

01 November 2016

DEEPEND scientists will share information at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show about deep-sea organisms...

Meet the Tiny Bacteria That Gi...

01 November 2016

A close up profile of an adult anglerfish female from the Linophryne family collected in the northe...

Update 10-21-16: Science in th...

21 October 2016

October 21-22, 2016 Planning is underway for the 6th Annual St. Petersburg Science Festival, a regio...

Follow DEEPEND's Trickle of Tw...

19 October 2016

Follow DEEPEND on twitter with the hashtags #scaryfish and #DEEPEND from now until Halloween! Talk...

Florida Branch of the American...

18 October 2016

NSU MS graduate student Lindsay Freed presented preliminary DEEPEND angler fish symbyosis data in th...

DEEPEND Retreat

27 September 2016

A DEEPEND retreat was held on the campus of University of South Florida, St. Petersburg on September...

Researchers shed light on Deep...

26 September 2016

It has been six years since the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill dumped millions of barrels of oil into t...

Grad Student Max Weber Fishes...

14 September 2016

There are hundreds of deep-pelagic fish species in the Gulf of Mexico, but we know very little about...

Data Manager Matt Johnston Att...

06 September 2016

Dr. Matt Johnston, data manager for the DEEPEND Consortium, attend the annual data manager conferenc...

Joe Lopez and Cole Easson Pres...

05 September 2016

Drs. Joe Lopez and Cole Easson presented a paper titled "Pelagic microbial community dynamics in nor...

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Nova Southeastern University kicked off the conference program for the year by hosting a two-day Graduate Student Symposium, which featured seven great talks from DEEPEND’s principle investigators and graduate students. Presentations included: genomic analysis of microbial symbionts found in deep-sea in anglerfish lures and in the water column of the Gulf of Mexico (Lopez et al.), the trophic ecology of a bathypelagic fish family (tubeshoulders, Novotny et al.), ingestion of microplastics by deep-pelagic animals (Bos et al.), the relationship between parasites and size, species, and behaviour of deep-pelagic fishes (Woodstock et al.), the distribution of larval tuna (Pruzinsky et al.) with respect to oceanographic features; the dramatic declines in pelagic fishes (Sutton et al.) and crustaceans (Nichols et al.) in the Gulf after Deepwater Horizon, and classifying pelagic habitat features in the Gulf of Mexico (Johnston et al.)

In February DEEPEND researchers from multiple institutions presented research findings at the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science Conference (GOMOSES) in New Orleans, LA, and at AGU/ASLO/TOS Ocean Sciences Meeting in Portland, OR. 

The aim of the GOMOSES meeting is to bring together a diverse range of researchers from all disciplines who are working on understanding the biological, chemical and physical processes that operate in the Gulf of Mexico. DEEPEND was well-represented, with 11 presentations. Heather Bracken-Grissom and Laura Timm presented work on the genetic connectivity of crustaceans in the Gulf of Mexico with surrounding regions. Heather Judkins and Kris Clark presented their work describing the distributions and diversity of pelagic molluscs (squids and heteropods, respectively). Regarding fishes, presentations described dramatic declines in abundances of deep-pelagic fishes after Deepwater Horizon (Sutton et al.),  biophysical coupling in a dominant mesopelagic fish family (lanternfishes; Milligan et al.), and pelagic habitat use by important coastal fishes (snappers/groupers; Velez et al.). Physical oceanographic presentations included work on frontal densities (Hu et al.), methods to track the Mississippi River plumes using satellite measurements (Hu & Le), and a newly developed method to classify pelagic habitat features in the GoM (Johnston et al.). 

After the GOMOSES meeting, we were straight on a plane to Portland and the Ocean Sciences Meeting, where (despite an unfortunate outbreak of the flu), the DEEPEND team gave another eight presentations. These included talks describing the ecology of deep-living fishes (see above), and an assessment hydrocarbon contaminants (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) in mesopelagic animals after Deepwater Horizon (Romero et al.). DEEPEND members presented posters describing how microbial communities in the Gulf of Mexico are influenced by diel vertical migrations (Easson et al.), how the assemblage of Oplophorid shrimps has changed since the oil spill (Nichols et al.), habitat classification (Johnston et al.), and the great successes of DEEPEND’s educational outreach program (Musgrave et al.).

To round out our program of talks, DEEPEND’s lead scientist, Tracey Sutton, and DEEPEND’s data manger, Matthew Johnston, gave invited lectures at  NSU’s Distinguished Lecture Series.  Tracey presented some of his recent work describing the global importance and structure of the deep-pelagic biome to faculty and students and Matt lectured on data visualization and interpretation. 

 

From April 6-8, 2018, DEEPEND members will be attending Rock the Ocean’s Tortuga Musical Festival at Fort Lauderdale Beach Park in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. DEEPEND members will have a booth at the Conservation Village, which will be located in between the two stages. Our booth will have deep-sea trivia and prizes! Come win some glow-in-the-dark tattoos! A DEEPEND t-shirt raffle will be held each day as well. Stop by and talk to several graduate students and professors about our research during this three day event! We are excited to meet you all and talk about the deep sea!

Read about all of NSU's participants here and to find out more information about Rock the Ocean’s festival/Conservation Village click here: TortugaMusicFestival.com

Richard Jones, Matt Woodstock, Nina Pruzinsky and Nick Turner at the DEEPEND booth last year during Tortuga.

CREEP INTO THE DEEPEND, YEAR 3: The deep is by far the largest affected habitat from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Join diverse scientists as they continue their long-term investigation on impacts of this environmental disaster on the deep-sea from December 4 to 8, 2017.

Creep Into the DEEPEND is a WhaleTimes, Inc. Virtual Research Mission, in cooperation with the DEEPEND Consortium and the Oceanscape Network. For more information visit whaletimes.org

Monday's topic: 

What’s eating you? A look at deep-sea parasites! 

Full schedule:

• Monday: Fish Parasites by Matt Woodstock

• Tuesday: Oddities of the Deep (Mystery of the Monster Baby by Heather Bracken-Grissom and It’s Not Odd, It’s A Heteropod by Kris Clark)

• Wednesday: Babies of the Deep-Sea (Studying Baby Snappers by Sebastian Velez and Baby Crustaceans by Laura Timm)

• Thursday: Strange Adaptations of the Deep (Silver Camouflaging by Tammy Frank)

• Friday: Eating Strategies of Deep-Sea Animals (Into the Gape by April Cook)

 

The DEEPEND timeline was conceived by world-class photographer Danté Fenolio as a platform through which the DEEPEND team could convey the biodiversity that they have encountered in the Gulf of Mexico to the general public.  So much amazing biodiversity turned up in the trawling nets that we figured there had to be a way to show it all off.  The timeline allowed for a progression through the different cruise trawls and it allowed for a photographic display that we don't think has been developed or matched by any other deep sea biological survey.  There are images of some exceptionally rare deep water species and of some more common species.  The net result is a celebration  of the wildlife living in the water column of the incredibly diverse Gulf of Mexico.

Click here or the image below our timeline.  We hope you enjoy the show.

 

 

 

Texas A&M University has created a DEEPEND display booth at their Sea Life Facility. This booth allows visitors to learn about deep-sea and epipelagic research through posters, interactive educational games, and educational information hand-outs. Hundreds of visitors (including grade school children, senior citizen groups, new students and parents, undergraduate and graduate students) get to view and interact with the DEEPEND booth each year.