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2013 News Archive

Below are news and feature articles that appeared in 2013.

Striking Oil: Separation Science in Marine Pollution Analysis
(Source:, December 17, 2013)
Deep-C researcher Chris Reddy from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution spoke to LCGC about the role of chromatography in the ongoing environmental analysis of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, how comprehensive GCXGC works in practice, and why this oil spill led to the return of thin layer chromatography (TLC) to his laboratory.”  Read more.

Deep-C Researcher Dr. Chris Reddy Selected for C.C. Patterson Award
(Source: Deep-C website/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, December 11, 2013)
Marine geochemist Chris Reddy has been selected to receive the 2014 Clair C. Patterson Award from the Geochemical Society for his analytical and scientific contributions to organic geochemistry. The C.C. Patterson Award recognizes one scientist a year who has led an innovative breakthrough of fundamental significance in environmental geochemistry, particularly in service to society. Reddy studies the effects of pollutants on the environment especially following major oil spills.  Read more.

Trawling is a drag for continental shelf's sediments
(Source: American Geophysical Union Blogosphere, December 10, 2013)
When rivers flow into the ocean, bits of rock and mud deposit onto the granite base of the underwater perimeters of continents, creating layers of sediment. Thicker layers more adequately nourish benthic organisms – bottom-dwelling scavengers like nematodes and crustaceans that feed fish eaten by humans.  Read more.

CWR Student Interns with Deep-C
(Source: Centre for Water Research, November 25, 2013)
Since completing his internship with Centre for Water Research (CWR) back in June, Taylor Shropshire has also completed another internship with the Deep-C Consortium at Florida State University, where he worked with the Centre for Ocean and Atmospheric Predication Studies (COAPS) during the summer.  Read his update.

Radio Interview:  Dr. Nico Wienders Discusses "The Motion of the Ocean" Science Cafe Lecture
(Source:, December 3, 2013)
WFSU radio's Tom Flanigan interviews physical oceanographer and Deep-C researcher Nico Wienders about his upcoming Science Cafe lecture "The Motion of the Ocean:  How Scientists Measure the Sea. Listen to the radio interview...

The Motion of the Ocean: How Scientists Measure the Sea
(Source: National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, November 25, 2013)
Nico Wienders, an oceanographer at Florida State University, has been studying the motion of the ocean for more than two decades. It’s critical to understanding what happens in the sea, and especially important in the aftermath of an oil spill. Wienders — whose research has taken him to Antarctica and kept him at sea for months at a time — will talk about how he and other scientists track the movements of the ocean at the MagLab’s next Science Café on Dec. 3.  Read the article.

Study Demonstrates Substantial Role of Mississippi River in Oil Transport
(Source: GoMRI, November 11, 2013)
Deep-C scientists from the University of Miami used a high-resolution prediction model to study the relationship between the Mississippi River and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.  Read the article.

Sarasota symposium underscores unanswered red tide questions
(Source: Tampa Tribune, October 31, 2013)
Deep-C researcher Robert Weisberg, a professor of physical oceanography with the University of South Florida’s College of Marine Science in St. Petersburg, thinks he has documented a phenomenon that may explain why some years are red tide heavy and some aren’t.  Read more.

Study Describes How an Oil Slick Could Influence Its Own Movement
(Source: Ocean News & Technology, October 30, 2013)
Scientists at Florida State University are examining the mechanics behind oil transport, including changes to Sea Surface Temperature (SST) and the roughness of surface water that an oil slick could affect. - See more at:   Read the article.

Interactive Program Brings Oil Spill Research into Middle School Classrooms
(Source: GoMRI, October 29, 2013)
Historically, research about the health of the Gulf of Mexico has been lacking. However, understanding of marine and coastal ecosystems in the Gulf is expanding rapidly as a result of resources committed after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. In order to share this increasing knowledge with K-12 students, scientists with the Deep Sea to Coast Connectivity in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico (Deep-C) Consortium initiated Scientists in the Schools, a program that brings an overview of ongoing Gulf research directly into the classroom.   Read the article.

New Research Illustrates Mississippi River’s Role in Transport of Oil and Pollutants in Gulf of Mexico
(Source: Science Daily, October 23, 2013)
A new study led by scientists at the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science showed that the complex circulation from the Mississippi River plume played a substantial role in the transport and fate of the oil following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon incident.   Read the article.

New Research Illustrates Mississippi River’s Role in Transport of Oil and Pollutants in Gulf of Mexico
(Source: University of Miami, October 23, 2013)
A study led by Deep-C researcher, Villy Kourafalou, establishes first-ever connections between the Mississippi River plume and transport of oil released by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.  Read the article.

Mag Lab's Alan Marshall Inducted into American Academy of Arts and Sciences
(Source: Florida State University, October 18, 2013)
One of Deep-C's co-principal investigators has been inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, joining 163 other fellows and foreign honorary members in the Class of 2013.  Read more.

Experts question North Dakota oil spill estimates
(Source:, October 16, 2013)
Deep-C researcher, Ian MacDonald says that detailed oil flow data from the pipeline would provide regulators with a better estimate of the amount of crude spilled.  Read the article.

Study Describes How an Oil Slick Could Influence Its Own Movement
(Source: GoMRI, October 7, 2013)
Scientists at Florida State University are examining the mechanics behind oil transport, including changes to Sea Surface Temperature (SST) and the roughness of surface water that an oil slick could affect.  Read the article.

Flexible Internship Program a Perfect Match for Science Learners and Leaders
(Source: GoMRI, September 25, 2013)
Scientists studying the impact of oil in the Gulf of Mexico perform experiments on everything from sand to water to sea life. This year one group of researchers extended their experimental spirit to that old university standby, the internship. The 2013 Deep Sea to Coast Connectivity in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico (Deep-C) Interns — undergraduates, graduate students, and even teachers — worked one-on-one with scientists in a flexible new program tailored to meet all parties’ scheduling needs.  Read the article.

GCxGC Forensic Analysis of Oil Sheens at the Deepwater Horizon Disaster Site Helps Pinpoint the Source of Oil Leakage
(Source: ChromatographyOnline, September 1, 2013)
GC×GC forensic analysis of surface sheens collected above the Deepwater Horizon enabled scientists to eliminate a number of possible leakage sources based upon direct comparison with each source sample.   Read the article.

Bacteria supplemented their diet to clean up after Deepwater Horizon oil spill
(Source: Goldschmidt2013 Press Release, August 27, 2013)
Bacteria living in the Gulf of Mexico beaches were able to ‘eat up’ the contamination from the Deep Water Horizon oil spill by supplementing their diet with nitrogen, delegates at the Goldschmidt conference will be told on Friday 30th August.  Read the press release.

Study: Wave Data Can Improve Forecasts that Help Search and Rescue Operations and Oil Spill Response
(Source: GoMRI, August 26, 2013)
Scientists with the Norwegian Meteorological Institute are quantifying wave effects for use in ocean models that predict the direction of surface water movement. Calculations that go into these models have important implications and relevant applications: improving them can provide better information in time-critical situations such as accidents and disasters.  Read the article.

Florida State University Marine Lab Vessel Returns From First Extended Research Voyage with Rare Catch
(Source: News Wise, August 22, 2013)
A Florida State University research ship has returned from its first extended voyage, collecting more than 400 fishes in the northeastern portion of the Gulf of Mexico in an effort to study the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on marine life.  Read the article.

Study: Oil from BP spill still lingers off Florida's coast
(Source: Tampa Bay Times, August 20, 2013)
The thick globs of BP oil that washed ashore on beaches along Florida's Panhandle in 2010 never reached Tampa Bay, to the relief of hotel owners, restaurateurs, anglers, beachgoers and local officials. But oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill, floating beneath the surface after being sprayed with dispersant, settled on a shelf 80 miles from the Tampa Bay region within a year of the spill's end, according to a scientific study published this week.  Read the article.

Deep-C Scientists Capture First Greenland Shark in the Gulf of Mexico
(Source:, August 15, 2013)
A research team led by scientists from the Florida State University Coastal & Marine Laboratory (FSUCML) returned on August 5, 2013 from a marine expedition with a fish story worth telling... and documenting. During a seven-day research cruise aboard the RV Apalachee, the team caught a 12-foot Greenland shark (Somniosus microcephalus), also known as the gurry shark or grey shark, the first of its kind to be captured in the Gulf of Mexico.  Read the article.

Geologic Beginnings of the Gulf of Mexico with Emphasis on the Formation of the De Soto Canyon
(Source:, August 14, 2013)
With the research now hitting full stride investigating the effects of the 86-day long BP oil spill triggered by the explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform (Macondo Site 252), it seems appropriate to review the geologic history of the Gulf of Mexico. We do that with a special emphasis on the De Soto Canyon, a feature in the northeastern Gulf of Mexico of particular interest to scientists.  Read the article.

Study Describes Use of Oil Fingerprinting to Identify Source of 2012 Gulf Sheen
(Source:, August 12, 2013)
Deep-C scientists from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution used a novel fingerprinting technique to identify the source of oil sheens that appeared in late 2012 near the site of the Deepwater Horizon disaster.  Read the article.

Deepwater Horizon, three years later
(Source: Physics Today, August 2, 2013)
BP-funded research aims to understand and mitigate impacts of hydrocarbon pollution in the Gulf of Mexico and elsewhere.  Read the article.

FSU Researchers Explore Impact of BP Oil Spill
(Source: WJHG News Channel 7, July 29, 2013)
While many focus on the economic impact of the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, researchers from the Florida State University Coastal Marine Lab are now looking into a new area - for the past two years, they've been looking in the deep sea.  Watch video and read the article.

Why The Latest Gulf Leak Is No BP Disaster
(Source: NPR, July 24, 2013)
Deep-C researcher Dr. Chris Reddy says that while deep-sea gas reservoirs may sometimes contain oil, it's highly unlikely the accident at Well A-3 adjacent to a "Hercules 265 jack-up rig" would leak anything like the BP spill.  Read the article.

FSU and UNF grad students set sail for 10-day voyage in the Gulf to research effects of the oil spill
(Source: WCTV News, July 18, 2013)
Grad students from FSU's Marine Lab and the University of North Florida are going on the school's first-ever vessel called RV Apalachee to research unknown marine life. Also, they are looking to see if toxins from the oil are effecting living things in the Ocean.  Read the article.

Study Determines Source of Oil Sheens Near the Site of Deepwater Horizon
(Source: Santa Barbara Independent, July 18, 2013)
First reported to the U.S. Coast Guard by British Petroleum (BP) in mid-September 2012, the oil sheens raised public concern that the Macondo well, which was capped in July 2010, might be leaking. However, both the Macondo well and the natural oil seeps common to the Gulf of Mexico were confidently ruled out, according to researchers from UC Santa Barbara and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI).   Read the article.

Gulf of Mexico oil sheen traced to wreckage of Deepwater Horizon rig
(Source: Los Angeles Times, July 16, 2013)
When oil sheen appeared on the sea surface last fall not far from the site of the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, authorities wanted to know where it was coming from. Chemical sleuthing by scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and UC Santa Barbara ultimately pointed to the deep sea wreckage of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, which exploded when the well blew out in April 2010, killing 11 workers.   Read the article.

Gulf Gas Leak, Big Oozy Sheens Revisited
(Source: NOLA Defender, July 16, 2013)
Over at the site where the Deepwater Horizon blew in 2010, a set of mystery sheens bubbled up from the Gulf in the fall of 2012. Initial fears held that the Macondo well, which was capped in the fall of 2010 to end the monthslong oil disaster, could still be leaking. However, a team of scientists traced the oil to BP-owned wreckage at the bottom of the Gulf, according to an article published this week in the journal Environmental Science & Technology.  Read the article.

Study identifies Deepwater Horizon debris as likely source of oil sheens
(Source: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, July 16, 2013)
A chemical analysis of oil sheens found floating recently at the ocean’s surface near the site of the Deepwater Horizon disaster indicates that the source is pockets of oil trapped within the wreckage of the sunken rig. Both the Macondo well and natural oil seeps common to the Gulf of Mexico were confidently ruled out.  Read the article.

Study identifies ource of oil sheens near Deepwater Horizon site
(Source: National Science Foundation Press Release, July 16, 2013)
A chemical analysis indicates that the source of oil sheens recently found floating at the ocean's surface near the site of the Gulf of Mexico Deepwater Horizon oil spill is pockets of oil trapped within the wreckage of the sunken rig.  Read the article.

Voyages at Sea: with Professor R. Snyder, University of West Florida 
(Source: FIO News, July 2013)
UWF initiated three cross-shelf sampling transects with 27 stations off the Florida Panhandle for post-oil spill monitor-ing in 2011 on the R/V Bellows. We continue to sample quarterly with the Deep-C Consortium (led by FSU), building a multiyear data set of hydrographic, water chemistry, and microbial biological parameters.  Read the article.

After The Deepwater Horizon Disaster
(Source: Chemical & Engineering News, June 3, 2013)
Components of the giant oil spill went different places with ecological consequences in the Gulf of Mexico.  Read the article.

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...

Tracking Recovery From Deepwater Horizon: MILET System Aids Environmental Monitoring in Gulf of Mexico
(Source: Sea Technology Magazine, May 15, 2013) The role of MILET and USBL telemetry is to determine the seafloor characteristics and ecological diversity at the Deep-C study sites. By sampling along kilometer-long transects at sites with depths from 500 to 2,500 meters while logging geotagged images and readings from the instrument suite, MILET provides a repeatable sample of sediment characteristics, mobile fauna and water chemistry. Biannual repeat sampling will make it possible to test for seasonal effects on the biological community and particle fallout.  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:, 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:, 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:, 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:, 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.

News from the FSU Marine Lab
(Source: FSU Office of Research, April 2013)
Highlights recent Deep-C activities at the FSU Coastal and Marine Laboratory. Read more.

Student team working on experimental radar unit
(Source:, 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...

Voyages at Sea
(Source: FIO Newsletter, March 2013)
Students out on the R/V Bellows on a microbiology/shelf sampling cruise in the northern part of the Gulf of Mexico. Read the article...

Deep-C SailBuoy Launched From New Research Vessel
(Source:, March 29, 2013)
Novel tool will transmit data as it travels planned course in the Gulf of Mexico. Read the article...

(Source:, 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:, 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:, 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:," 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:," 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:, 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:, 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:, 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..


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