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:

Richard Jones, Matt Woodstock, Nina Pruzinsky and Nick Turner at the DEEPEND booth last year during Tortuga.

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 matched by any other deep sea biological survey.  There are images of some exceptionally rare deep water species and of some more common species.  The net result is a celebration  of the wildlife living in the water column of the incredibly diverse Gulf of Mexico.

Click here or the image below our timeline.  We hope you enjoy the show.




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

Monday's topic: 

What’s eating you? A look at deep-sea parasites! 

Full schedule:

• Monday: Fish Parasites by Matt Woodstock

• Tuesday: Oddities of the Deep (Mystery of the Monster Baby by Heather Bracken-Grissom and It’s Not Odd, It’s A Heteropod by Kris Clark)

• Wednesday: Babies of the Deep-Sea (Studying Baby Snappers by Sebastian Velez and Baby Crustaceans by Laura Timm)

• Thursday: Strange Adaptations of the Deep (Silver Camouflaging by Tammy Frank)

• Friday: Eating Strategies of Deep-Sea Animals (Into the Gape by April Cook)


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 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. Petersburg, who works on heteropods. What is a heteropod? Find out here! 

Today we are featuring our second Master’s student blog by Sebastian Velez, a student at Wilkes Honors College of Florida Atlantic University in Jupiter, FL. Sebastian studies juvenile snappers and groupers found way offshore! Read all about his work here

Please visit the blog homepage to read these and other exciting blogs. Do you want to be notified when we post new content? Subscribe to our blog on the blog homepage



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


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

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 understand petroleum toxicity to several ecologically important deep-sea micronekton species. Recently, a group of 20 students (ages 8-13) from American Heritage School Science Camp visited the Marine Toxicology Laboratory and the Oceanic Ecology Laboratory at Nova Southeastern University’s Oceanographic Center. During the visit, students learned about animals found in the deep ocean from two DEEPEND graduate students, Nina Pruzinsky and Mike Novotny, in Dr. Tracey Sutton’s lab, before seeing an active toxicity experiment. The campers then aided in data collection for one of the hourly mortality readings by viewing the deep-sea crustaceans being exposed to petroleum hydrocarbons. As an added benefit, a tour of the facility and discussion about coral reefs and marine pollution also took place. DEEPEND was happy to be a part of their experience and to expose these campers to animals rarely seen from the deep ocean.