What is DEEPEND?

The DEEPEND (Deep Pelagic Nekton Dynamics of the Gulf of Mexico) Consortium is a 105-member, 19-institution research initiative to characterize the oceanic ecosystem of the northern Gulf of Mexico to infer baseline conditions in the water column. The deep-pelagic represents both the largest and the most understudied habitat on Earth. Although evidence has shown that the surface and deep community assemblages are linked, the exact pathways and linkages remain primarily undiscovered. In 2010, the Gulf of Mexico experienced the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill (DWHOS). Although portions of oil made it to the surface while others were dispersed, all of the oil was at one point present in the water column, interacting with the pelagic community. The full extent of the DWHOS’s effects on the pelagic community is still not known. Starting in 2015, DEEPEND began a five-year sampling, sensing, modeling, and laboratory analysis program assessing ecosystem dynamics, identifying drivers of variability, and investigating consequences of the spill on ecosystem attributes. The obtained data establishes a time-series with which one can detect natural and anthropogenic changes. To find out more about our mission, our research, or the animals of the deep Gulf of Mexico, dive into the rest of the DEEPEND website!


DEEPEND News

Special Issue of Oceanography magazine

14 July 2021
Special Issue of Oceanography magazine

DEEPEND is so pleased to share this special issue of Oceanography magazine dedicated to ten years of GoMRI science! You can access the electronic version of the issue here. The issue is the culminati...

DEEPEND Compendium - Deep Pelagic Ecosystem Dynamics in a Highly Impacted Water Column: The Gulf of Mexico After Deepwater Horizon

10 March 2021
DEEPEND Compendium - Deep Pelagic Ecosystem Dynamics in a Highly Impacted Water Column: The Gulf of Mexico After Deepwater Horizon

The DEEPEND team, led by Tracey Sutton and his co-editors, have completed a compendium of 14 papers published in Frontiers in Marine Science that highlight their findings related to the Deepwater Hor...

DEEPEND scientist to give NOAA webinar: The open ocean Gulf of Mexico: what have we learned about this remarkable pelagic ecosystem?

09 October 2020
DEEPEND scientist to give NOAA webinar: The open ocean Gulf of Mexico: what have we learned about this remarkable pelagic ecosystem?

DEEPEND-RESTORE Director and Scientist Dr. Tracey Sutton will give a NOAA webinar on October 27th and 12:00PM EST titled: "DEEPEND scientist to give NOAA Seminar: The open ocean Gulf of Mexico: what h...

DEEPEND scientist authors guide to South Atlantic mesopelagic fishes to inform fisheries management

09 October 2020
DEEPEND scientist authors guide to South Atlantic mesopelagic fishes to inform fisheries management

Renowned taxonomists (including DEEPEND-RESTORE Director, Dr. Tracey Sutton), scientific illustrator, experts and editors take on the challenge of mesopelagic fish identification. Click here to see th...

DEEPEND | RESTORE

20 May 2020
DEEPEND | RESTORE

Dr. Tracey Sutton (Lead Investigator), along with 11 other Principle Investigators, has recently received funding to lead a deep-sea pelagic research project in conjunction with the National Oceanic a...

INTO THE DEEP Book Published

15 May 2020
INTO THE DEEP Book Published

The newly published book Into the Deep: Science, Technology, and the Quest to Protect the Ocean, by Christy Peterson, demonstrates the ways in which researchers utilize technology to understand and mi...

Frontiers in Marine Science: Special Edition

28 April 2020
Frontiers in Marine Science: Special Edition

A Special Issue of Frontiers in Marine Science is being published about the results of DEEPEND’s research over the past five years. The special issue will be titled: Deep Pelagic Ecosystem Dynamics in...

10 years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill

20 April 2020
10 years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill

Today (April 20, 2020) marks the 10th year since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill occurred in the Gulf of Mexico. Approximately 5 million barrels of hydrocarbons (oil) spilled into the Gulf for 87 days...

Grad Student Slayden Knows Age is More Than a Number for Oil-Exposed Deep-Sea Fishes

13 April 2020
Grad Student Slayden Knows Age is More Than a Number for Oil-Exposed Deep-Sea Fishes

The DEEPEND Consortium's master’s student/Graduate Research Assistant, Natalie Slayden, was named a GOMRI scholar at the beginning of this year and her work is now featured on the GOMRI website: “The...

DEEPEND at the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference

23 January 2020
DEEPEND at the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference

DEEPEND will be heading to the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference from February 3-6, 2020, in Tampa, FL. We will be represented by 18 talks and 6 posters. Our team will be pr...

Dr. Tracey Sutton Awarded the 2019 NSU Provost's Research and Scholarship Award

06 January 2020
Dr. Tracey Sutton Awarded the 2019 NSU Provost's Research and Scholarship Award

For the second time in NSU history, there were two Provost’s Research and Scholarship Award winners. Nova Southeastern University (NSU) Executive Vice President and Interim Provost Ron Chenail, Ph.D....

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...

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...

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 r...

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...

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 Laud...

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’...

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...

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...

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 th...

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 p...

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 limi...

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...

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 w...

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...

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 C...

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...

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 th...

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