NSU Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography have big showings at recent international science conferences.
The DEEPEND (Deep Pelagic Nekton Dynamics of the Gulf of Mexico) project, a consortium of 15 institutions headed by Dr. Tracey Sutton (DoMES), had a tremendous showing at the recent Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science (GoMOSES) Conference in New Orleans, February 5-10. DEEPEND contributed 31 talks and posters, including presentations by NSU graduate students (Lindsay Freed, Richard Hartland, Nina Pruzinsky, and Matt Woodstock), postdocs (Andrea Bernard, Cole Easson, and Rosanna Milligan), and Faculty/Staff (April Cook, Kim Finnegan, Matt Johnston, Joe Lopez, Tammy Frank, Mahmood Shivji, and Tracey Sutton). Dr. Sutton chaired the GoMOSES session “Recovery from the Bottom Up: Rates, Processes and Connectivity in the Deep Gulf of Mexico.” NSU students Mike Novotny, Nina Pruzinsky, and Matt Woodstock kindly served as session volunteers during the meeting. Following GoMOSES, DEEPEND had an additional 10 presentations at the 2017 AGU/ASLO Aquatic Sciences Meeting in Honolulu, HI. NSU presenting authors included April Cook, Tammy Frank, Matt Johnston, Joe Lopez, Rosanna Milligan, Mahmood Shivji. and Tracey Sutton. Drs. Milligan and Sutton chaired the ASLO session “Vertical Connectivity of the Pelagic Ocean: Understanding the Function and Services of Intermediate Trophic Levels.” In between these two meetings, Dr. Sutton co-authored a presentation at the American Association for the Advancement of Science 2017 Annual Meeting in Boston entitled “Ecological Impacts of the Deepwater Horizon and IXTOC-I Marine Blowouts.”
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
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, Joan Glenny, Scott Grissom, Rich Jones, José Lopez, Jorge Perez Moreno, Mike Novotny, Nina Pruzinsky, Lauren Ramos, Brittney Smith, Nick Turner, Hernan Vazquez, Lee Wilkins, Blake Wilkins, and Matt Woodstock.
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 see what one thing you can do to help the deep sea. Then play some deep-sea trivia and win prizes! We will be there from 10am-7pm all weekend and if you cannot attend be sure to follow our highlights from the event on Facebook and Instagram!
Creep into the DEEPEND Summer Camps 2017
2017: Creep into the DEEPEND Summer Camps are back! This summer, Creep into the DEEPEND Summer Camps for k-8th grade are offered at museums and science centers throughout the country. To register or find out more, check out the list below and contact the museum or science center near you.
Catawba Science Center - Hickory, North Carolina
Liberty Science Center - Jersey City, New Jersey
Maine Discovery Museum - Bangor, Maine
Museum of Discovery and Science - Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Oregon Coast Aquarium's Oceanscape Network - Newport Oregon
Pacific Science Center - Seattle Washington
St. Louis Science Center - St. Louis Missouri
Tallahassee Museum - Tallahassee Florida
Univ of Michigan Museum of Natural History - Ann Arbor Michigan
(Organizations are incorporating and sharing DEEPEND Research within their summer camp program. Summer camp program, topics, title, and registration policies vary depending on the museum, science center, or aquarium. First come first served.)
Visit WhaleTimes for more information on future Creep into the DEEPEND Programs.
GOM Exploration Teacher Workshop 2017
We had a great turn out of 23 teachers at TAMU Galveston for the third Gulf of Mexico Exploration teacher workshop! Teachers learned about DEEPEND science and brought lesson plans and other resources back to their schools to share with colleagues and their students.
Thank you, Texas for a great event!
Marine Navigation Lesson Plan
We are pleased to present you with the fourth in a series of teaching and learning modules developed by the DEEPEND (Deep-Pelagic Nekton Dynamics) Consortium and their consultants. Whenever possible, the lessons will focus specifically on events of the Gulf of Mexico or work from the DEEPEND scientists.
All modules in this series aim to engage students in grades 6 through 12 in STEM disciplines, while promoting student learning of the marine environment. We hope these lessons enable teachers to address student misconceptions and apprehensions regarding the unique organisms and properties of marine ecosystems. We intend for these modules to be a guide for teaching. Teachers are welcome to use the lessons in any order, use just portions of lessons, and may modify the lessons as they wish. Furthermore, educators may share these lessons with other school districts and teachers; however, please do not receive monetary gain for lessons in any of the modules.
Fort Lauderdale Boat Show a Success
Thanks to all who stopped by the DEEPEND booth at the Fort Lauderdale Boat show. The show was a success despite a very rainy day on Saturday! Many thanks to all of the volunteers who helped out in the booth: