- Deep Sea Fauna
- Environmental Variability
- Consequences of DWHOS
- Student Research
- DEEPEND Publications
Grad Student Max Weber Fishes for Insight into Deep-Pelagic Fish Taxonomy
There are hundreds of deep-pelagic fish species in the Gulf of Mexico, but we know very little about their taxonomy, diversity, and population sizes. Max Weber plans to catch fifteen individual specimens of each of the 500 known deep-sea Gulf fish species to help us better understand these organisms and how the Deepwater Horizon oil spill may have impacted them and environment.
Max is a marine biology master’s student at Texas A&M University (TAMU) and a GoMRI Scholar with the DEEPEND consortium.
Data Manager Matt Johnston Attends Annual GRIIDC Conference in Austin
Dr. Matt Johnston, data manager for the DEEPEND Consortium, attend the annual data manager conference in Austin, TX August 31st - September 2nd. In line with prior years, the focus was on data submission, including the appropriate attribution statement and dataset reference in publications, and the one year timeline to stay in compliance with GRIIDC policy. Three GOMRI Research Board members were in attendance and there was much discussion on data compliance and how this is used by the board members as a yardstick for evaluating performance of the consortium as a whole and also individual researchers.
Presently, the DEEPEND Consortium has submitted 12 datasets. Eight of these datasets are now publicly available for download and four are in review by GRIIDC.
Joe Lopez and Cole Easson Present at the Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting
Drs. Joe Lopez and Cole Easson presented a paper titled "Pelagic microbial community dynamics in northern Gulf of Mexico" at the Ecological Society of America, Annual Meeting in Ft Lauderdale, Aug 7 - Aug 12, 2016
The conference had very strong microbial ecology component, across many different biomes. Cole and other NSU students attended helpful, in depth workshops emphasizing the use of R and statistics.
Blazing Mako Tournament
The DEEPEND Consortium had an interactive outreach booth at the Blazing Mako Fishing Tournament’s Conch-servation Village. The booth was staffed by DEEPEND graduate students and scientists who shared their knowledge about the deep-pelagic Gulf of Mexico with the fishermen and general public attending the event. The booth included several games for participants to play where they learned about light attenuation in the ocean, bioluminescence, and about animal adaptations to the deep sea environment. Participants won prizes for playing including stickers, postcards, t-shirts, and glow in the dark anglerfish tattoos! Keep your eye out for our next event – it could be somewhere near you!
Dates – Jun 18-19
Location- Islander Resort, A Guy Harvey Outpost, Islamorada, FL
Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists
Four DEEPEND scientists presented their work at the Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists in New Orleans, LA July 6-10, 2016. To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Dr. Sylvia Earle gave the keynote address during the opening plenary during which she emphasized the need for research in the deep sea, specifically mentioning the Gulf of Mexico.
Sport Fishing Magazine Features DEEPEND
25 Deep-Sea Creatures That Will Creep You Out - These predators from the depths of the Gulf of Mexico range from the astonishing to the macabre.
WHAT IS DEEPEND?
This deep-sea gallery contains images that some might find disturbing. The creatures in it may look like visions stolen from nightmares of the demented, but to be sure, all exist on planet earth. Animals from the eerie to the ethereal in appearance live in a cool, dark world as alien to us as the surface of Venus. Yet it is filled with life, and finding out and cataloging “what’s down there” in the black depths of the Gulf of Mexico is one of the missions of the consortium known as Deep Pelagic Nekton Dynamics of the Gulf of Mexico (DEEPEND).