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Grad Student Richards Uses Fis...

12 July 2018

The deep-pelagic habitat (200 m depth to just above the seabed) is the largest habitat in the Gulf...

First DEEPEND Synthesis Worksh...

16 May 2018

The DEEPEND Consortium held it's first Synthesis Workshop at NSU's Guy Harvey Oceanographic Center i...

DEEPEND scientist narrates a d...

29 April 2018

Saturday, April 28th, DEEPEND team member, Heather Judkins, narrated the midwater transect portion...

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...

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DEEPEND: NRL-HYCOM Gulf of Mexico Real Time Results

Travis sorts through Neuston net samples looking for the Sargassum frogfish (<em>Histrio histrio</em>) aboard the R/V Point Sur. (Provided by DEEPEND)

The deep-pelagic habitat (200 m depth to just above the seabed) is the largest habitat in the Gulf of Mexico, yet we know very little about it compared to coastal and shallow-water habitats. Our limited understanding of this major marine habitat makes it extremely difficult to assess the effects of disturbances such as the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Travis Richards seeks to better understand the structure of deep-pelagic food webs by tracing the energy flow from the food web base through higher trophic levels. His research will help expand our understanding of the deep-pelagic habitat and serve as a reference point for future studies and response efforts.

The GoMRI community embraces bright and dedicated students like Travis Richards and their important contributions. The GoMRI Scholars Program recognizes graduate students whose work focuses on GoMRI-funded projects and builds community for the next generation of ocean science professionals.

Travis's work is a feature story on the GoMRI website.  Read about it here

The DEEPEND Consortium held it's first Synthesis Workshop at NSU's Guy Harvey Oceanographic Center in Dania Beach Florida on May 14th-15th, 2018.  The workshop was well-attended by 50 consortia members, students, and affiliated scientists, including the following external participants:

Stacy Calhoun (ULL; Deep-pelagic zooplankton)
Kait Frasier (SIO; Marine mammal collaboration)
Dean Grubbs (FSU; Deep-demersal predator collaboration)
Dan Hahn (NOAA Office of Response and Restoration)
Bill Hogarth (GoMRI Research Board Member)
John Quinlan (NOAA NMFS SEFSC – NRDA water column assessment)
Steve Murawski (USF; C-IMAGE I-III PI; epipelagic top predator collaboration)
Kelly Robinson (ULL; RFP VI co-PI – Deep-pelagic zooplankton)
Jim Ruzicka (OSU, RFP VI co-PI – ecosystem modeling)
Verena Wang (USM: – Deep-pelagic zooplankton, larval fish time-series)
Eric Weissberger (NOAA NMFS Monitoring and Adaptive Management)
Chuck Wilson (GoMRI Chief Science Officer)

We thank all participants who joined us in this synthesis effort.  The meeting was recorded and will be transcribed for a report.

The meeting agenda can be downloaded here.

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. 

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Saturday, April 28th, DEEPEND team member, Heather Judkins, narrated the midwater transect portion of the NOAA Okeanos dive which is part of a cruise currently being conducted in the Gulf of Mexico which ends on May 3rd. Tracey Sutton was also part of the shore-based scientific team, identifying the various fish species that were seen. We had amazing sightings from siphonophores to fishes to even cephalopods!

The goal of the Okeanos cruises are to explore new areas of both benthic and midwater regions around the world. This year, the Okeanos team will be in the Gulf of Mexico and the western Atlantic Ocean. The public are invited to view the live feed of the explorations at this site: https://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/okeanos/

R/V Cape Fear

 

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.