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Dr. Isabel Romero Awarded 2019...

03 September 2019

DEEPEND researcher Dr. Isabel Romero awarded 2019 Early-Career Research Fellowships by National Acad...

Grad Student Pruzinsky Uses Mo...

07 August 2019

The DEEPEND Consortium's Research Associate Nina Pruzinsky, M.S. was recently named a GOMRI scholar...

DEEPEND participates in a hist...

05 July 2019

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DEEPEND Photo Featured on Cove...

31 May 2019

The DEEPEND Consortium just had an image from their field work make the cover of one of the most si...

DEEPEND Display at the USFSP N...

23 April 2019

On April 18th, an art exhibit was opened at the Nelson Poynter Library on the USFSP campus to highli...

Come see DEEPEND this weekend...

11 April 2019

DEEPEND will be joining several other non-profit organizations focused on ocean conservation to edu...

DEEPEND members attended and p...

21 February 2019

DEEPEND members attended and presented their research at the seventh Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill &...

DEEPEND makes a splash at the...

12 February 2019

Members of the DEEPEND Consortium presented their research at the 15th Deep-Sea Biology Symposium he...

DEEPEND and C-Image collaborat...

01 December 2018

DEEPEND and C-Image researchers (T. Sutton, S. Murawski, H. Judkins, I. Romero and others) met in D...

Oceanic Ecology Lab Featured o...

28 August 2018

On August 3rd, 2018 Dr. Tracey Sutton's Oceanic Ecology lab at Nova Southeastern University was fea...

Life Aboard a Research Ship

07 August 2018

One of the DEEPEND team members, Dante Fenolio, our resident photographer, conducted a series of sho...

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...

DEEPEND Co-PI coordinated the...

28 December 2017

Heather Judkins was thrilled to coordinate the triennial CIAC Conference in St. Petersburg, FL in No...

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...

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DEEPEND Cruises

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DEEPEND: NRL-HYCOM Gulf of Mexico Real Time Results

DEEPEND researcher Dr. Isabel Romero awarded 2019 Early-Career Research Fellowships by National Academies’ Gulf Research Program.  Read more here.

 

 

The DEEPEND Consortium's Research Associate Nina Pruzinsky, M.S. was  recently named a GOMRI scholar and her work is now featured on the GOMRI website:

"The Deepwater Horizon oil spill overlapped with the spawning activities of many ecologically and economically important tuna species. However, the significant knowledge gap regarding early life stage tuna taxonomy and distribution makes it difficult to understand how the spill may have affected them.

As a graduate student, Nina Pruzinsky examined the abundance, distribution, and morphological characteristics of larval and juvenile tunas (Scombridae) and identified primary drivers of their distribution to help fill this gap and inform future management and conservation efforts.

Nina, who recently completed her graduate studies, was a master’s student in Nova Southeastern University’s Department of Marine and Environmental Sciences and a GoMRI Scholar with the Deep-Pelagic Nekton Dynamics of the Gulf of Mexico (DEEPEND) Consortium.

The GoMRI community embraces bright and dedicated students like Nina Pruzinsky 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."

Her story can be found by clicking this link.

  

Congratulations Nina from the entire DEEPEND team!!

 

 

 

The DEEPEND Consortium just had an image from their field work make the cover of one of the most significant scientific journals in the world - Science. Dr. Fenolio took the image during one of the research cruises out on the Gulf of Mexico. The deep-sea fish featured on the cover possesses highly modified eyes and the article in the journal depicts how some deep-sea fishes can see in color (it was thought they were color-blind, only seeing shades of blue). More on the fish featured on the cover: This fish, the tube-eye (Stylephorus chordatus), is known from tropical and subtropical waters across the world’s oceans. One hypothesis explaining the strange binocular eyes is that the structures serve as an adaptation helping these fish detect faint bioluminescence in the dark depths of the oceans - where this species is found. The light these animals might be looking for would be produced by small crustaceans (copepods) that they target as food items. Remotely operated vehicles and subs documenting the deep-sea fauna have captured this species oriented vertically in the water column. It is also believed that this species is part of the “deep scattering layer” (DSL) – a community of marine organisms that migrate from deeper waters toward the surface every night, where they feed in the productive epipelagic zone under the cover of darkness. At dawn, the DSL heads back down to deeper and darker waters. Interestingly, this DSL represents the largest migration of wildlife on Earth and said migration takes place every day. One other oddity involving the DSL, it is entirely reliant on ambient light conditions to begin their movements toward and away from the ocean’s surface. During an eclipse of the sun, the DSL was documented to start moving toward the surface!

 

 

 

Dr. Edie Widder did it again! With her colleague, Dr. Nathan Robinson, Edie used her MEDUSA camera platform to capture video of a live giant squid deep in the Gulf of Mexico during a recent NOAA Ocean Exploration and Research-supported cruise. This is the first recording of a live giant squid in the Gulf of Mexico (Atlantic Ocean, for that matter), and only the second such filming ever. Of course, the first was done by none other than…  Dr. Widder, who also captured the first-ever footage of a live giant squid in the waters off Japan. The research cruise, entitled “Journey into Midnight: Life and Light Below the Twilight Zone,” was led by Dr. Sönke Johnsen of Duke University. Please read Sönke’s story here. Regarding DEEPEND, five of the twelve scientists onboard were DEEPENDers, including Co-PIs Tammy Frank, Heather Judkins, Heather Bracken-Grissom, Danté Fenolio, and DEEPEND Director/PI Tracey Sutton. Dr. Heather Judkins was first to identify the animal in the video as a giant squid, with this diagnosis later confirmed by DEEPEND Co-PI Dr. Michael Vecchione. Adding to the DEEPEND vibe was the fact that the cruise was conducted on the R/V Point Sur (University of Southern Mississippi, operated by LUMCON), on which all of the DEEPEND deep-trawling efforts have been based. Spectacular ship-time services, as always.

The giant squid story has been a global media sensation, featured by the NOAA Office of Exploration and Research; Discovery Channel; NY Times; Washington Post; USA Today; OCEANX; and CNN, among hundreds of others.

In addition to MEDUSA deployments, the Journey into Midnight science team had a number of other exploratory operations, including midwater trawling below 1000 m depth, ROV video transects with specimen collection, and shipboard measurements of the vision, bioluminescence, and reflectivity (color) of animals inhabiting the bathypelagic realm, earth’s largest and least-explored habitat. With respect to trawling, Dr. Sutton collected specimens for 14 ongoing projects, demonstrating the importance of sampling in addition to observation. Without such sampling, taxonomy (the science of knowing what species you are observing) would not be possible! We would instead be left wondering, “Oooh, that thing in the video looked so cool! What was it?” In total, 129 fish, 57 crustacean, and 13 squid species were collected, including many rare species, some of which we suspect are new records or new to science.

Among other scientific achievements of the cruise, Drs. Sutton and Fenolio were able to record the bioluminescence display of the Threadfin Dragonfish (Echiostoma barbatum) – something so fantastic it is hard to believe it is real.  Owing to the skilled collection abilities of the ROV pilots, many specimens made it to the surface in near perfect condition, allowing for a range of high-resolution anatomical studies. With respect to vision in the midnight zone, a primary aim of the crustacean survey was to assess the ability of deep-sea shrimps to visually identify each other (i.e., conspecific recognition). Achieving this aim included measuring eye size to body length ratios across 15 species of shrimp, modeling the distances at which their bioluminescent signals remain detectable, and predicting the appearance of these signals in context of their visual acuity.

So, from all of the DEEPEND team, our deepest congratulations to Edie and Nathan! This was a testament to your hard work and ingenuity!

 

 

On April 18th, an art exhibit was opened at the Nelson Poynter Library on the USFSP campus to highlight work that USF System researchers have been conducting related to the DWH oil spill. DEEPEND and C-Image scientists gathered with the public to discuss current findings and answer questions related to our work. It was a fantastic opportunity to share our science and link it through the arts which included twenty images taken by Dante Fenolio for the DEEPEND portion of the exhibit.