What is DEEPEND|RESTORE?

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. 


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...

Tracey Sutton, PhD - Consortium Director

Tracey Sutton is a professor at the Oceanographic Center of Nova Southeastern University, and is the Director of the DEEPEND Consortium. He is also an Affiliate Scientist of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, the Ocean Research and Conservation Association, and Florida Atlantic University. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. at the University of South Florida College of Marine Science, and was a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. In addition to DEEPEND, he currently leads the NOAA NRDA Gulf of Mexico Offshore Sampling and Analysis Program, a 4+ year project involving over 80 scientists. He co-led the Pelagic Nekton Group of the Census of Marine Life project MAR-ECO. This international consortium completed 47 projects, published over 70 peer-reviewed papers, and trained dozens of successful graduate students upon its completion in 2010. He is also a Steering Committee member of the Deep-Ocean Stewardship Initiative, a co-PI in the Global Ocean Biodiversity Initiative, and an invited Expert Panel Member of the United Nations World Ocean Assessment. He is a biological oceanographer whose interests are in marine community structure, ecosystem ecology, biodiversity, and marine conservation, with emphasis on oceanic systems. His specialty areas include deep-pelagic fish taxonomy, trophic ecology, and deep-sea biophysical coupling. He will design and lead the deep-pelagic field sampling efforts, lead the quantitative taxonomic analysis of pelagic fishes, co-lead the community structure analyses/modeling efforts, and assist with the trophic ecology investigations. He will also serve as facilitator for all DEEPEND projects with respect to outreach, student participation/funding, and conservation efforts.