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Deepesh Tourani Thesis Defense - Inferred Function and Dynamics of Microbial Communities from Northern Gulf of Mexico

02 November 2019
Deepesh Tourani Thesis Defense - Inferred Function and Dynamics of Microbial Communities from Northern Gulf of Mexico

Deepesh Tourani As part of the DEEPEND Consortium, our laboratory has been characterizing the microbial community composition and structure in the northern Gulf of Mexico (NGoM) pelagic waters using modern molecular ecology methods. We had previously sequenced a large cache of 16S rRNA gene data, which included 466 samples from two cruises in 2016 (May: DP03, August: DP04). To enhance taxonomic identifications, Mr. Tourani's MS thesis in Jose Lopez's laboratory at Nova Southeastern University h...

Dr. Isabel Romero Awarded 2019 Early-Career Research Fellowships by National Academies’ Gulf Research Program

03 September 2019

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

Grad Student Pruzinsky Uses Morphological Patterns to ID Young Tuna for Population Assessments

07 August 2019
Grad Student Pruzinsky Uses Morphological Patterns to ID Young Tuna for Population Assessments

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 examine...

DEEPEND participates in a historic expedition: video of a live giant squid in the Gulf of Mexico!

05 July 2019

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DEEPEND Photo Featured on Cover of Science Magazine

31 May 2019
DEEPEND Photo Featured on Cover of Science Magazine

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 cove...

DEEPEND Display at the USFSP Nelson Poynter Library

23 April 2019
DEEPEND Display at the USFSP Nelson Poynter Library

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.

Come see DEEPEND this weekend at Rock The Ocean’s Tortuga Music Festival in Conservation Village!

11 April 2019
Come see DEEPEND this weekend at Rock The Ocean’s Tortuga Music Festival in Conservation Village!

DEEPEND will be joining several other non-profit organizations focused on ocean conservation to educate fans and promote ways to save our oceans. The festival will take place in the sand on Fort Lauderdale Beach this weekend April 12-14. Fans will be able to learn about life in the deep-sea and the creatures that live there by playing some interactive games and conversing with our outreach coordinators. They will also have a chance to share their knowledge on social media in our photo booth whi...

DEEPEND members attended and presented their research at the seventh Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science (GOMOSES) Conference

21 February 2019
DEEPEND members attended and presented their research at the seventh Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science (GOMOSES) Conference

DEEPEND members attended and presented their research at the seventh Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science (GOMOSES) Conference held in New Orleans, LA, from February 4-7, 2019. This year’s conference theme was “Minding the Gaps: Research Priorities for Response, Restoration, and Resilience.” DEEPEND’s participation began with Director Dr. Tracey Sutton giving a presentation at the “Responding to Future Deep Oil Spills - Fighting the Next War” Workshop on Monday. On Tuesday, April Co...

DEEPEND makes a splash at the 15th Deep-Sea Biology Conference

12 February 2019
DEEPEND makes a splash at the 15th Deep-Sea Biology Conference

Members of the DEEPEND Consortium presented their research at the 15th Deep-Sea Biology Symposium held in Monterey, CA September 9-14, 2018. This conference is held every three years and organized by the Deep-Sea Biology Society, brings deep-sea researchers from all over the world together to share their findings and discoveries. There were seven DEEPEND oral presentations and eight poster presentations. Our DEEPEND Consortium Director, Dr. Tracey Sutton (NSU), gave a plenary talk, entitled “On...

DEEPEND and C-Image collaborate to examine trophic links in the northern Gulf of Mexico

01 December 2018
DEEPEND and C-Image collaborate to examine trophic links in the northern Gulf of Mexico

DEEPEND and C-Image researchers (T. Sutton, S. Murawski, H. Judkins, I. Romero and others) met in December to process pelagic fishes that were collected during a C-Image longline cruise that occurred in August in order to examine the possible linkages between these fast, deep-diving fishes to the midwater organisms that are the focus of DEEPEND research. Over 45 fish stomachs (including Lancetfish, Swordfish, Silky Shark, and others) were examined and contents were identified to the species lev...

Oceanic Ecology Lab Featured on the History Channel

28 August 2018
Oceanic Ecology Lab Featured on the History Channel

On August 3rd, 2018 Dr. Tracey Sutton's Oceanic Ecology lab at Nova Southeastern University was featured on the new series "In Search Of" on the History Channel with host Zachary Quinto. Check out this episode about the deep sea!! You will learn about a new snaggletooth species (Astronesthes) discovered through DEEPEND's research!

Life Aboard a Research Ship

07 August 2018
Life Aboard a Research Ship

One of the DEEPEND team members, Dante Fenolio, our resident photographer, conducted a series of short videos during our recent cruise highlighting "Life Aboard a Research Ship" through his Facebook page. If you're interested about the many pieces it takes to make a research cruise successful, check out the 20 or so video clips! Many of the Point Sur crew and the DEEPEND science team discuss their roles while onboard. Enjoy!

Grad Student Richards Uses Fish Muscle Tissue to Explore Deep-Sea Food Web Structure

12 July 2018
Grad Student Richards Uses Fish Muscle Tissue to Explore Deep-Sea Food Web Structure

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 high...

First DEEPEND Synthesis Workshop

16 May 2018
First DEEPEND Synthesis Workshop

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...

DEEPEND scientist narrates a deep-pelagic NOAA Okeanos dive in the Gulf

29 April 2018
DEEPEND scientist narrates a deep-pelagic NOAA Okeanos dive in the Gulf

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...

DEEPEND Conference Presentations and Seminars

23 March 2018
DEEPEND Conference Presentations and Seminars

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 dee...

Rock the Ocean’s Tortuga Musical Festival

02 March 2018
Rock the Ocean’s Tortuga Musical Festival

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...

The DEEPEND timeline, illustrating the diversity of life in the Gulf of Mexico

10 January 2018
The DEEPEND timeline, illustrating the diversity of life in the Gulf of Mexico

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...

DEEPEND Co-PI coordinated the triennial Cephalopod Conference in November

28 December 2017
DEEPEND Co-PI coordinated the triennial Cephalopod Conference in November

Heather Judkins was thrilled to coordinate the triennial CIAC Conference in St. Petersburg, FL in November. CIAC (Cephalopod International Advisory Council Conference) was formed in 1983 to promote the sharing of cephalopod research around the world. This CIAC conference drew 230 scientists to the region for two-day practical application workshops as well as the five-day conference with over 100 oral presentations, 18 Lightning talks, and 150 Poster presentations. There were 30 countries represe...

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 DEEPEND Master’s students and their thesis’ projects. Every other Monday we will post a new blog from one of our graduate students describing their research and what they have found thus far. The blogs will have exciting images related to their work from the field or in the lab. Our very first Master’s student to post a blog was Kristine Clark, a Master’s student at the University of South Florida St...

DEEPEND display booth at their Sea Life Facility

02 November 2017
DEEPEND display booth at their Sea Life Facility

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.

DEEPEND featured all week long on the Oregon Coast Aquarium’s Oceanscape Network

02 November 2017
DEEPEND featured all week long on the Oregon Coast Aquarium’s Oceanscape Network

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...

Happy Hagfish Day 10-18-17!

18 October 2017
Happy Hagfish Day 10-18-17!

Read more about Hagfish Day here... DEEPEND Consortium Director, Tracey Sutton, shares his expertise on a beautifully ugly creature, the dragonfish and DEEPEND Co-PI, Joe Lopez, shares his expertise on microbes

American Heritage School Science Camp Visit

04 August 2017
American Heritage School Science Camp Visit

The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) has funded several research efforts related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, including the DEEPEND (Deep Pelagic Nekton Dynamics) research consortium (80 members at 11 institutions, led by Nova Southeastern University) and the DTOX (Deep-sea Risk Assessment and Species Sensitivity) project, also featuring NSU scientists. The DTOX group has been conducting a series of laboratory studies using both individual hydrocarbons and bulk oil samples to un...

Dr. Tracey Sutton interview at GOMOSES

04 August 2017

Dr. Tracey Sutton discusses the goals of the DEEPEND consortium at the 2017 GOMOSES conference in New Orleans, LA.

DEEPEND at the 2017 Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (JMIH)

25 July 2017

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...

DEEPEND at Artist Boat World Oceans Day Festival at Stewart Beach in Galveston, TX

18 June 2017
DEEPEND at Artist Boat World Oceans Day Festival at Stewart Beach in Galveston, TX

On June 8th, 2017 DEEPEND members from Texas A&M University at Galveston attended the second annual Artist Boat World Oceans Day Festival at Stewart Beach in Galveston, Texas. DEEPEND partnered with ADDOMEx to represent the scientific work that GoMRI consortia are performing in the Gulf of Mexico. The DEEPEND booth showcased DEEPEND's mission as well as exciting fish and invertebrate samples from the Gulf of Mexico! People of all ages enjoyed the post cards, stickers, and bookmarks depicting...

Cruise DP05 sets sail April 29th - glider deployed

26 April 2017
Cruise DP05 sets sail April 29th - glider deployed

Cruise DP05 on board the R/V Point Sur sets sail on April 29th. On April 26th, a glider was deployed to sample the water column and will be retrieved by the crew towards the end of the cruise. Be sure to follow the updates of the glider and cruise track on the main DEEPEND webpage.

Tortuga Music Festival a Success

10 April 2017
Tortuga Music Festival a Success

We would like to thank everyone who came out to support us at Rock the Ocean’s Conservation Village at the Tortuga Music Festival this past weekend on Fort Lauderdale Beach. The weather was gorgeous and we had a great time educating the public about the deep sea while playing some trivia and listening to the bands play. We’d like to thank our volunteers for their time and enthusiasm sharing our research this past weekend: Heather Bracken Grissom, April Cook, Danielle DeLeo, Katherine Dougan, Jo...

DEEPEND at the Tortuga Music Festival

04 April 2017
DEEPEND at the Tortuga Music Festival

The DEEPEND Consortium is joining Rock The Ocean’s Conservation Village at the Tortuga Music Festival this weekend April 7-9, 2017. This event pairs music with conservation and will showcase more than 30 musical groups and 35+ ocean conservation groups all packed into one weekend on Fort Lauderdale Beach. This year’s theme of the Conservation Village is “JUST ONE THING” you can do to Rock the Ocean and start making a difference in saving our oceans and marine life. Stop by the DEEPEND booth to...

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DEEPEND: NRL-HYCOM Gulf of Mexico Real Time Results

Heather Judkins was thrilled to coordinate the triennial CIAC Conference in St. Petersburg, FL in November. CIAC (Cephalopod International Advisory Council Conference) was formed in 1983 to promote the sharing of cephalopod research around the world. This CIAC conference drew 230 scientists to the region for two-day practical application workshops as well as the five-day conference with over 100 oral presentations, 18 Lightning talks, and 150 Poster presentations. There were 30 countries represented at the event and attendees enjoyed a welcome reception at The Florida Aquarium, field trips around the region, and a final CIAC Celebration banquet in Gulfport, FL. During the week, Dr. Judkins was also elected the next CIAC president until 2021 at the next conference which will be held in Portugal. Overall, it was a great success! For more information about the conference or the CIAC organization, please visit https://cephalopoda.org/