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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...

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...

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DEEPEND: NRL-HYCOM Gulf of Mexico Real Time Results

This month, a number of DEEPEND researchers travelled to Austin to take part in the 2017 Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (JMIH). This annual conference is the premier ichthyological meeting in the US, and is organized by four ecological societies (the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists; the American Elasmobranch Society; the Herpetologists’ League; and the Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles), to bring a diverse range of scientists together to share their research and expertise. 

As with the GOMOSES meeting in February, the DEEPEND consortium was very well represented with a total of eight presentations! Of these, six were given by DEEPEND students, which is a great achievement for them and for the consortium. Our presentations covered a diverse range of topics relating to the ecological and taxonomic work we’ve been doing to understand the diversity of fishes that live in the Gulf of Mexico, their life histories, and how they make use of their environment. Three of our presentations explored the trophic ecology and parasite fauna of pelagic fishes, including a study of Sargassum frogfish in the surface waters (Martinez et al.), a study of hatchetfishes, myctophids and dragonfishes in the mesopelagic realm (Woodstock et al.) and a study of the strange “tube-shoulder fishes” (Platytroctidae) that inhabit the bathypelagic realm (Novotny et al.). We also presented talks discussing how juvenile tunas (Pruzinsky & Sutton), and how snappers and groupers (Velez & Moore) are distributed across the surface waters of the Gulf of Mexico; and how the abundances (Richards et al.) and biodiversity (Milligan and Sutton) of our dominant mesopelagic fishes change in response to major oceanographic features in the Gulf. Finally, Tracey Sutton presented a summary of the enormous biodiversity of fishes that we’ve collected and identified so far, which includes an incredible 180 new records of fish that have never been captured in the Gulf of Mexico before!

Of course there’s no rest for the wicked, and next month we’ll be off to Tampa, FL to participate in the American Fisheries Society conference. We are taking another strong contingent of from DEEPEND researchers, so be sure to check back in August to hear all about that!