DEEPEND|RESTORE is a 47-member, 11-institution research program funded by NOAA's RESTORE Science Program that expands upon the decade-long (2010-2020), open-ocean Gulf of Mexico research conducted during the NOAA-supported Offshore Nekton Sampling and Analysis Program (ONSAP) and the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative-funded Deep-Pelagic Nekton Dynamics of the Gulf of Mexico (DEEPEND) Consortium. This project aims to identify/quantify long-term trends in the offshore fauna (fishes, shrimps, and cephalopods) of the Gulf of Mexico. Further, DEEPEND will integrate this information with ongoing resource management in the Gulf of Mexico. This management includes economically and ecologically important pelagic fishes as well as marine mammals, sea birds, and sea turtles. In addition to baseline assessments, DEEPEND will identify key drivers of offshore assemblages, develop an ‘indicator species plan’ for detecting anthropogenic changes, and assemble a faunal inventory for the oceanic Gulf of Mexico. To learn more about our mission, team, research, products, and management applications, please dive into the rest of the DEEPEND|RESTORE website. 


04 June 2022

From Armatus Oceanic Listen to Podcast here We have a confession to make. We talk a big game about how we are busting myths, tackling deep-sea tropes and showing the deep ocean as it really is… but w...

Population Genomic Dynamics of Mesopelagic Lanternfishes

13 May 2022
Population Genomic Dynamics of Mesopelagic Lanternfishes

Assessing the impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill (DWHOS) on deep-sea fish assemblages of the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) has been hindered by an absence of baseline (pre-spill) data concerning the po...

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-RESTORE Cruise on board the R/V Point Sur

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Tracey Sutton, PhD - Consortium Director

Dr. Tracey Sutton is a Professor at the Guy Harvey Oceanographic Center of Nova Southeastern University, located in Dania Beach, Florida. He is currently the Director and Lead Investigator of DEEPEND (www.deependconsortium.org), a 120+-member research consortium formed in 2015 that has published over 100 scientific papers and graduated over 60 students with advanced degrees. Prior to that, Sutton led the Pelagic Nekton working group of the Census of Marine Life program MAR-ECO. He is an invited Expert Panelist on the United Nations First and Second World Ocean Assessments, an Advisory Board member of the Deep Ocean Stewardship Initiative, and a society-elected member of the Board of Governors of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists. He is a recent (2019) recipient of the NSU Provost’s Research and Scholarship Award, given annually to a single faculty member across all NSU Colleges. He earned a Ph.D. at the College of Marine Sciences, University of South Florida, and was a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Woods Hole, MA.

Sutton is a biological oceanographer who conducts research on oceanic ecosystem structure, marine food webs, benthic-pelagic coupling, ichthyology, taxonomy, systematics, and biogeography. He is a seagoing scientist (90 cruises) who has conducted research in a wide range of ecosystems, including the North Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, Sargasso Sea, South Atlantic, Gulf of Alaska, and Southern Ocean. His research combines empirical data, numerical modeling, and theoretical ecology to understand Earth’s largest ecosystem, the deep-pelagic ocean. He has published over 130 papers to date, including discoveries of new species of fishes and a recent synthesis of the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on the open-ocean biota of the Gulf of Mexico.