FORT LAUDERDALE-DAVIE, Fla. – They are some of the most interesting and unique creatures in the oceans – deep-sea life. Most people can identify a shark or sea turtle or whale, but many are shocked to see what a lanternfish or oarfish looks like. Deep-sea creatures can be down-right scary looking.

Adding to the list of deep-sea creatures, a Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography researcher recently found a never-before seen species from the deep waters of the northern Gulf of Mexico. Tracey Sutton, Ph.D., is one of NSU’s experts on deep-sea life and he teamed up with Theodore Pietsch, Ph.D. from the University of Washington to formally describe this new species of anglerfish.

Alisha Stahl will join the DEEPEND crew aboard the MV Point Sur in August. Alisha will be live blogging from the ship - we wish her an exciting adventure! You can read more about Alisha and our Teacher at Sea program here.

The Blazing Seven is slated to set sail on Monday, July 20 for the second DEEPEND ichthyoplankton cruise lead by Dr. Jay Rooker of Texas A&M University Galveston. The goal will be to survey larval and early juvenile pelagic fishes of the northern Gulf of Mexico's shelf and slope waters. You can learn more about this research here. Follow the DEEPEND team throughout this cruise as our teacher at sea, Megan Ehlers, and graduate student, Kendall Lord, blog and post photos detailing their experiences as they embark on their first oceanographic research cruise.

Postdoctoral Position - Nova Southeastern University Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography

A postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Tracey Sutton, Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography, Nova Southeastern University, Dania Beach, FL. The position will emphasize highly quantitative approaches to the analysis of data generated by an extensive and ongoing field campaign that integrates deep-sea taxonomy, community ecology, physical oceanography, remote sensing, acoustics, genetics/genomics, marine biogeochemistry, and numerical modelling. The specific focus of independent research will be analysis of deep-pelagic community data with respect to spatial, temporal, ecological and physical drivers.


The first DEEPEND midwater trawling cruise report is now available online here.  You will soon be able to access these reports for all of our cruises and plot their course in a composite cruise tracking map! We still have two more cruises going out this summer so come back to visit our website July 20-26 to follow along as our Texas A&M Galveston crew complete their second ichthyoplankton cruise. Our teacher at sea, Megan Ehlers and graduate student, Kendall Lord will be blogging and posting photos throughout the cruise. Then August 8-22 we will be back out on the Point Sur collecting our favorite deep-sea creatures using the midwater trawl. We will again be posting pictures, videos, and blogs during the entire cruise with the help of our teacher at sea, Alisha Stahl. This will also be our first cruise participating in the WhalesTimes’ Creep into the DEEPEND program where scientists will share their research and discoveries through email updates, photos, videos, and answer student questions! What an exciting summer!”

The first animation involving "Squirt" is published on the DEEPEND Education/Outreach page. Check out Squirt as he explores counter-illumination with kids! Squirt will be highlighting other parts of DEEPEND research as the project continues.

Other news from the Outreach team is that we have 3 teachers venturing out to sea with the DEEPEND crew this year! Carol Gordy and Megan Ehlers are part of the Ichtyoplankton cruises this summer and Alisha Stahl will be on the DEEPEND cruise in August. Follow the adult blog to check in on how life at sea works for this project and these excited teachers! ”

The first Deepend Teacher Workshop occurred on Saturday April 18, 2015 with 13 teacher learning about the DEEPEND program, background content about the deep sea environment and STEM-related activities they can take back to their classrooms to use with students.  These teachers are now applying to be a DEEPEND Teacher-at-Sea and 3 of them will be joining the DEEPEND team on cruises throughout the year.  Pictures from the event are on the DEEPEND education page.

Dr. Tracey Sutton will present "Vertical Ecology of the Pelagic Ocean: Classical Patterns, New Perspectives, and Future Research" on Wednesday 22 April at 3:30 pm
in the Coastal Institute Auditorium, Narragansett Bay Campus, URI