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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science 2018 conference is ready to receive abstracts and session proposals. The conference will be held in New Orleans on February 5-8, 2018.

Abstracts should promote fundamental Gulf ecosystem science or link scientific results to ecosystem resilience, oil spill response, or restoration and management. Abstract submissions will be accepted for topical tracks; mini-sessions and concurrent sessions will be developed based on the abstracts received. Papers not selected for oral presentations will have the opportunity to participate in the poster session.

Students are encouraged to submit abstracts; the Gulf Research Program, Harte Research Institute, and the Gulf of Mexico University Research Collaborative have generously offered to cover registration fees for student presenters whose abstracts are accepted as oral or poster presentations to the conference program.

The deadline to submit an abstract is September 11, 2017. Applicants will be notified of abstract acceptance/rejection by late-October. You do not need to register for the conference to submit an abstract. Each person may submit up to two (2) abstracts as lead author.


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Products now available from the the 2017 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science Conference (GoMOSES) including:


The Gulf of Mexico Alliance's latest newsletter includes announcement of new Memorandum of Understanding with GOMURC to promote collaboration with Gulf research universities and the Alliance. This agreement replaces original signed in 2011, and reinforces the value of the partnership for among other tasks promoting closer ties between the Gulf science and management communities.


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Registration for the 2017 State of the Gulf of Mexico Summit is now open; meeting will be held March 26-28, 2017 in Houston, TX. Summit byline is "OneGulf - Shaping the Future: Science-driven solutions for Gulf of Mexico problems." 


The Nature Conservancy released new study on migratory species in the Gulf of Mexico. Understanding the migratory pathways of fish, sea turtles, marine mammals, and birds is critical to species survival, and to the overall health of the Gulf of Mexico Large Marine Ecosystem. 

Dr. Jorge Brenner (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)  and his team, including Carly Voight and Dr. David Mehlman, worked with more than 100 scientists to synthesize information about the pathways of a variety of migratory species in the Gulf of Mexico. Our goal is to increase understanding of the migratory strategies and corridors of representative migratory fish, sea turtle, marine mammal, and bird species in the Gulf. Our hope is that information presented in this study will inform and motivate government decision-makers to support further research on migratory pathways to enable the survival of individual species and the protection of the overall health of the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem. 

You can also view a slideshow of some of the information included in the report.


RESTORE Act Center of Excellence for Louisiana is now seeking nominations for its External Review Board to provide technical feedback to the Center on key research activities. The Board will be comprised of nationally and internationally recognized subject matter experts on topics relevant to Louisiana’s Coastal Master Plan.


2017 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science Conference Call for Abstracts is now open.

Theme will be Ecosystem Approaches to Gulf Response and Restoration. Stated interests include: application of science results to practical use; informing planning, preparedness, response and recovery for future events; what have we learned about oil spills and their impacts that can reduce uncertainty, mitigate ecological, social and health impacts of a future spill; advanced response strategies; and how to improve restoration efforts. 

Conference sessions emphasize applications of recent oil spill science to restoration, resource management and oil spill response. Each session will include invited speakers and oral presentations; papers not selected for oral presentations will be afforded an opportunity to participate in the poster session.

The deadline to submit an abstract is September 26, 2016. You do not need to be registered to submit an abstract. Registration will open in a few weeks.


Dispatches From The Gulf  video series now available via guide containing descriptions and links to each of 50 short films cross-referenced to the corresponding GoMRI research theme and consortia

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Sea Grant and GOMRI have a partnership to focus on making Deepwater Horizon oil spill science available to managers and the public. They recently produced a brochure focused on oil spill impacts on fisheries. It is a good resource for related literature and an easy to understand state-of-science summary.


The NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program (NRASP) released its 2017 Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) "focused on living coastal and marine resources and their habitats and requests proposals under two program priorities. One priority focuses on research and the other priority focuses on science application in the form of decision-support tools. Funding is contingent upon the availability of funds in the Gulf Coast Restoration Trust Fund."


The post-DWH oil spill Natural Resource Damage Assessment is complete. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) are preparing to make remainders of physical samples, preserved pending the resolution of the legal case, available to the scientific community. The Trustees' notice with instructions for sample requests is available here.

collecting floating oil


Consortium for Ocean Leadership and Sea Grant are hosting a workshop titled, Sharing Oil Spill Science with Non-Scientists: Effectively Communicating Complex Research Results through Outreach and Education Programs prior to the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science Conference. Registration to the conference is not necessary to attend the workshop. If you are interested in attending, you can find a full agenda here. The workshop is in the Grand Salon I at the Marriott Tampa Waterside on February 1 from 12:30pm-5:15pm.

Updated Oil Pollution Research and Technology Plan Released

The Interagency Coordinating Committee on Oil Pollution Research (ICCOPR) released an updated version of the Oil Pollution Research and Technology Plan (OPRTP) for FY 2015-2021. As stated in the executive summary, the purpose of this version is to “provide current assessments of the oil pollution research needs and priorities. ICCOPR intends to update this OPRTP every six years to reflect advancements in oil pollution technology and changing research needs.” This version contains 2 parts, the Oil Pollution Research section explains why this research is needed and presents the Oil Pollution Research Categorization Framework. The second section, Establishing Research Priorities, presents research needs. The full report can be found here.



Sea Grant Seminar, Dec 8, “Exploring Oil Spill Impacts in the Deep Gulf of Mexico”


Sea Grant is hosting a seminar, “Exploring Oil Spill Impacts in the Deep Gulf of Mexico” on December 8th in Corpus Christi, TX. The seminar is free to attend and also available as webinar if you are unable to join in person. More details on the seminar including registration, webinar information and a list of speakers can be found here

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From their announcement, “The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has released the final version of the science plan for the NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program.  The plan establishes ten long-term research priorities which will guide how the program invests its funds and explains how prior needs assessments for the Gulf of Mexico region and earlier stakeholder input were used to determine these areas of investment. The plan also provides additional information on how the program is administered and how the program works with partners.”


An overview of NOAA’s response to comments received during the public comment period on the draft version of the plan is now available in the Federal Register announcement. They address NOAA’s role, program scope, clarification of priorities, performance measures, coordination and engagement, and other issues.

The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council is currently evaluating submissions for potential funding under the Council-Selected Restoration Component. As part of this process, each submission was evaluated with respect to Budget, Science, Environmental Compliance, and consistency with the RESTORE Act and the Council’s Initial Comprehensive Plan. Context reports, including that of the external science review were created from these evaluations and are now available for viewing here.

Gulf Integrated Spill Research Consortium database of oceanographic and hydrocarbon data collected in the Gulf of Mexico after the Deepwater Horizon spill is available for use. It is an online data repository that contains individual datasets pertaining to the Deepwater Horizon incident, as well as aggregate and standardized view that span multiple datasets. You can view the user guide here and request a login on the main page, here.  

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National Wildlife Federation addresses the status of the Gulf of Mexico in their new report, Five Years & Counting: Gulf Wildlife in the Aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon Disaster. Particularly, they look at how 20 types of wildlife are faring in the aftermath of the BP Oil Spill. While it may be years before we know the full extent of the impact from the spill, this report examines what the science tells us so far. 

The peer reviewed study  has found four distinct groupings of dolphin deaths within the Northern Gulf of Mexico Unusual Mortality Event (UME). Three of the groupings followed the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The scientists compared the number and demographics of dolphin deaths across the Gulf from January 2010–June 2013 to patterns from 1990–2009. They looked for distinct groupings of high numbers of dolphin deaths, both before and after the spill.

The Barataria Bay dolphin population was a focus of previous peer-reviewed study as part of the on-going Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA). That study showed that live dolphins, which underwent physical examination, had adverse health impacts consistent with exposure to petroleum products.

The causes of the Northern Gulf UME are still under investigation. You can review the full study here.

This work was part of the Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment and the Northern Gulf Unusual Mortality Investigation being conducted cooperatively by NOAA, other federal and state agencies, and BP.

The National Research Council released their new report Sea Change: 2015-2025 Decadal Survey of Ocean Sciences. This report identifies eight strategic research priorities for the next decade that will continue to advance scientific understanding of the ocean. The report is available for free download here.

You can also register for the public webinar being given Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 3:00PM EST. It will feature presentations by Shirley Pomponi and David Titley, co-chairs of the report’s authoring committee, followed by a Q & A session.

Over the next several weeks, members of the report’s authoring committee will be presenting a series of seminars at research institutions around the United States.

The 2015 All Hands Meeting for the Gulf of Mexico Alliance will be June 16-18 at the IP Hotel and Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi. They will have a short plenary session followed by break-out sessions for priority issue teams and cross-team initiatives. You can view the meeting schedule, hotel accommodations, sponsorship opportunities, and register for the meeting here

As part of the 2015 National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) competition, webinars are being offered covering the competition’s them of “The Science of Oil in the Ocean.” These webinars have been offered throughout the month of January. All educators are welcome to join the live presentations. Others can view the presentation recordings once posted. You can view the recordings or register for the remaining webinar here.



The Center for Gulf Studies has an opening for a director. They seek an individual to lead the advancement of Gulf of Mexico science from various oil spill restoration and recovery resources. The director will be responsible for program development, long-term funding and research activities, and coordination and strategic planning among the varied stakeholders of the Center.  Applicants must hold a PhD in marine science or other relevant earth science filed and have a minimum of 10 years related experience.

You can view details about the position and apply here


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The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Marine Science has an immediate opening for a POST-DOCTORAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATE in the field of BIOLOGICAL OCEANOGRAPHY/MARINE ZOOPLANKTON ECOLOGY. The successful candidate will work with a large, multidisciplinary team of senior and early-career scientists, graduate and undergraduate students and staff in the Consortium for Coastal River-Dominated Ecosystems (CONCORDE) to explore novel transport pathways of oil and dispersant systems in coastal waters of the northern Gulf of Mexico. Click here for more information.

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The Gulf Research Program has announced their 2015 exploratory grants and fellowships are open for application. For exploratory grants, letters of intent, required for this proposal, are due January 20, 2015 at 8pm ET. Full proposal are due March 30, 2015 at 8pm ET. Fellowships applications are due February 6, 2015 at 8pm ET. Please see their website for more details and requirements for each competition.

The Gulf Research Program is also offering an informational webinar for applicants on January 8, 2015 at 1pm ET. You can register for this event here


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Today, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced the release of a new study report, Investigations of Chemosynthetic Communities on the Lower Continental Slope of the Gulf of Mexico. This is the result of a 5 year field study to discover and characterize sea floor communities that live in association with hydrocarbon seeps on the hard ground below depths of 1,000 meters in the Gulf of Mexico. This study was jointly funded by BOEM and NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research. Through this study 107 new species were confirmed; these include crustaceans, copepods, ostracods and tanaidacea. You can read BOEM’s official press release here where you can also find a link to the study. 

Monday, December 15, 2014 is the last day to submit public comment for the NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program's science plan. To have your expertise heard, electronic comments can be submitted via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Written comments can be mailed to Dr. Becky Allee; NOAA OCM - Gulf Coast; Bldg. 1100, Rm 232; Stennis Space Center, MS 39529. 


A final version of the science plan is anticipated for release in January 2015. 

GOMRI announced last week the awards for RFP-IV consortia and new RFP-V opportunity for small teams research; deadline for RFP-V "letter of intent" pre-proposals is Dec. 15, 2014.

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NOAA released a draft version of the science plan for the NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program for public comment; electronic comments submitted via e-mail (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and written comments may be mailed to Dr. Becky Allee; NOAA OCM - Gulf Coast; Bldg. 1100, Rm 232; Stennis Space Center, MS, 39529.


The Florida Institute of Oceanography (FIO) seeking public feedback. FIO is the designated Florida Gulf Coast Entity to receive funds from the RESTORE Act for administering Florida's Centers of Excellence Research Grants Program (CERGP), section 1605 of the RESTORE Act.  As required by the Treasury's RESTORE Act Rulemaking, FIO is seeking public comments on its CERGP Rules and Policies, including competitive selection process, from October 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014.  FIO will also be conducting regional town hall meetings during this timeframe, for additional details please visit our website at: http://fio.marine.usf.edu/research/fio-cergp.


FIO encourages everyone to take the opportunity to participate in this important process to determine the type of research and monitoring projects FIO should fund by filling out the survey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/fio_cergp.  Please help circulate this email as you feel fit and if you have any questions, please feel free to send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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ABSTRACTS DUE OCT. 3 for posters and oral talks for 2015 Gulf of Mexico Spill and Ecosystem Science Conference hosted by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative.

National Academies of Science Gulf Program announces topics for its first funding competition, exploratory research grants focused on 1) Education and Training of Workers in the Offshore Oil and Gas Industry and 2) Health Professions and Linking Ecosystem Services Related to and Influenced by Oil and Gas Production to Human Health and Well-Being--http://www.nationalacademies.org/gulf/grants/index.html

UPDATE-- Dec. 18 is application deadline for these grants-- more here.

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National Academies of Science's The Gulf Research Program: A Strategic Vision establishes the Program’s foundation and introduces its mission, goals, and objectives-- http://www.nas.edu/gulf/vision/index.htm

Restore Act Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council is seeking subject matter experts to serve as panelists to review proposals submitted to the Council via Council members. Download the PDF form to apply. Send it and your CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by October 10, 2014.

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NOAA Research (Office of Oceans and Atmospheric Research) is looking for new Assistant Administrator-- https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/378443100. Announcement closes Sep. 26. This is important position in directing NOAA climate, air and ocean science.

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NOAA RESTORE Science Program 8/14/14 news update includes link to pdf of their initial Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) Federal Register Notice-- http://restoreactscienceprogram.noaa.gov/miscellaneous/noaa-restore-act-science-program-update

This "Initial FFO" is FYI and does not solicit proposals or public comments, which will occur in FFO later this year.

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National Academies of Science accepting applications for the 2015 session of the Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program. This 12-week program (Jan. 20 - Apr. 10, 2015) is designed to engage early career individuals in the processes that inform U.S. science and technology policy. Fellows obtain essential skills and knowledge needed to work in science and technology policy at the federal, state, or local level. The Gulf Research Program will host a Christine Mirzayan Fellow, so we encourage you to spread the word among potential candidates.

Applications are due Sept. 1, 2014. The fellowship stipend is $8,500. To learn more or apply online, please visit: http://sites.nationalacademies.org/pga/policyfellows/

FIO is leading new annual multi-institutional summer course, Field Studies in Marine Science/Biology;  5-week, field-intensive course designed to expand student knowledge of the biodiversity, geochemistry, and human impact of Florida’s coastal and offshore ecosystems-- http://www.fio.usf.edu/education/summer-course-2014.

Schmidt Ocean Institute's Call for Expressions of Interest in Collaborative Research on R/V Falkor in 2016-- http://www.schmidtocean.org/story/show/846

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GOMRI Oil spill and Ecosystem Science Conference for 2015 deadline for session proposals is JUNE 15-- http://www.cvent.com/events/2015-oil-spill-and-ecosystem-science-conference/custom-17-f8e7997d3673455e8ae8ebd03a854af1.aspx?RefID=01&cpc=JXNHXJ3TNFX

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GOMRI Spill and Ecosystem Science Conference, January 2014, report and products-- http://2014.gulfofmexicoconference.org

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House passed FY2015 Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies (CJS) appropriations bill last week, now being considered by Senate. AAAS analysis is at http://www.aaas.org/news/house-passes-one-nsf-budget-while-authorizers-grapple-another

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NOAA RESTORE Science Program FAQs regarding its first Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) now available on the program website-- http://restoreactscienceprogram.noaa.gov/about/faqs, last part of page dedicated to "Initial Funding Opportunity" FAQs

House Committee on Science, Space and Technology hearing on IPCC report on May 29, 11a ET (webcast)-- http://science.house.gov/hearing/full-committee-hearing-examining-un-intergovernmental-panel-climate-change-process. IPCC report is at http://www.ipcc.ch

NOAA Central Library will no longer update its DWH Spill Bibliography as of May 13, 2014-- http://www.lib.noaa.gov/researchtools/subjectguides/dwh.html.

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Hearing on Thu, April 30, 10am ET, of House Science, Space and Technology Committee, Environment subcommittee, will review NOAA's FY2015 Budget (site includes link for live video of hearing)-- http://science.house.gov/hearing/environment-subcommittee-hearing-overview-national-oceanic-and-atmospheric-administration

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GOMURC annual reports

2013 annual reports posted for: GOMURC -- http://www.marine.usf.edu/gomurc/docs/GOMURC-2013-progress-report-021914.pdf; Dauphin Island Sea Lab-- http://press.disl.org/PDFs/annualreport/2013AR.pdf; Florida Inst. of Oceanography -- http://www.fio.usf.edu/about-us/documents/category/4-annual-reports

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GOMRI Save the Date for RFP V for small team investigations-- http://gulfresearchinitiative.org/request-for-proposals/rfp-v/

Gulf of Mexico Data Atlas to be an easy-to-use resource for a wide variety of Gulf of Mexico data; 235 map plates covering more than 70 topics. Explore at: http://gulfatlas.noaa.gov/.

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National Academy of Sciences Gulf Program events page at http://nationalacademies.org/gulf/events/index.html

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NAS Gulf Program hosting Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellow in early 2014; program provides early career individuals with the opportunity to spend 12 weeks at the National Academies in Washington, DC learning about science and technology policy and the role that scientists and engineers play in advising the nation-- http://sites.nationalacademies.org/pga/policyfellows/.

LUMCON cruise reports map low oxygen "Dead Zone" off MS River mouth, available at http://www.gulfhypoxia.net

NOAA-led RESTORE Act Science Program (sec 1604 of the Act) website is at http://restoreactscienceprogram.noaa.gov; program description, event announcements/reports, and FAQs, and Program’s Science Plan Framework. Subscribe on the website to receive alerts and announcements about the Program. Contact program anytime at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) announced the development of the GoMRI Request for Proposals for 2015-2017 GoMRI Research Consortia-- http://gulfresearchinitiative.org/2013/save-the-date-gomri-rfp-for-2015-2017-research-consortia/.

GOMURC member consortia on Facebook-- Alabama at https://www.facebook.com/disealab, Florida at https://www.facebook.com/floridainstituteofoceanography

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Camilli et al. Science magazine Policy Forum (http://www.sciencemag.org/content/337/6102/1608.full.pdf) observe, "Our academic, governmental, and industrial research communities should work together to better align American legal practice with the deliberative process of science." The authors were required to turn over email records and more to BP related to findings on the Deepwater Horizon blow-out flow rate (paper at http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2011/12/19/1112139108.full.pdf). They conclude that new federal legislation is required "that protects researchers from legal harassment by interests seeking to silence scientific inquiry or retribution for publishing independent research findings."

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (RFP-II program) awards 19 research projects $20 million over three years for studies on the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on the Gulf of Mexico ecosystems-- http://gulfresearchinitiative.org/2012/bp-sponsored-gulf-of-mexico-research-initiative-awards-new-grants/.

GOMRI's CIMAGE  research consortium (http://cimage.rc.usf.edu/node?destination=node) hosts live shows from sea. Hosted by USF educator, Teresa Greely, a blog and live Skype events during research cruises describe discoveries and life at sea-- http://adventuresatsea.blog.usf.edu.

Florida Institute of Oceanography and US Coast Guard 7th District sign MOU to promote engagement of the marine science community in preparing for future coastal disaster response efforts--  http://news.usf.edu/article/templates/?a=4555&z=123.

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Joint Ocean Commission Initiative's most recent (now done every 5 years) U.S. Ocean Policy Report Card, calls for stopping decline of ocean science and education funding and praises regional collaborations for carrying the load-- http://www.jointoceancommission.org/resource-center/2-Report-Cards/2012-06-06_2012_JOCI_report_card.pdf

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In response to the DWH oil spill, scientists and managers conclude that "modification of laws and policies designed to protect and restore ocean resources is needed in order to accommodate oil drilling in the deep sea and other frontiers" in A Tale of Two Spills: Novel Science and Policy Implications of an Emerging New Oil Spill Model-- http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1525/bio.2012.62.5.7

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New publication pegs total DWH oil spill at 4.9-5.5 million bbls-- Griffiths, S. 2012. Oil Release from Macondo Well MC252 Following the Deepwater Horizon Accident. Environ. Sci. Technol. DOI: 10.1021/es204569t (on-line at http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/es204569t)

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University of South Florida robot uses satellites and Twitter to convey data on ocean conditions-- http://news.usf.edu/article/templates/?a=4299&z=123. Solar-powered AUV (Autonomous Underwater Vehicles) conducts oceanographic transects to sense variety of ocean conditions and events, such as harmful algal blooms, spills of hazardous materials, or detecting ocean sounds, and tweets relevant data to shore.

USF gliders survey shelf off FL for temperature, salinity, chlorophyll, turbidity, and dissolved organic matter, and post tracks to http://ooma.marine.usf.edu/CROW/. Glider also deployed following DWH oil spill-- http://rucool.marine.rutgers.edu/deepwater/2010/05/the-bass-glider-from-usf-is-in-the-water/.

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Louisiana State University investigators find not all marsh grass recovers the same-- Qianxin Lin and Irving A. Mendelssohn. 2012. “Impacts and Recovery of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on Vegetative Structure and Function of Coastal Salt Marsh in the Northern Gulf of Mexico.” Environ. Sci. Technol.  Online at http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/es203552p.

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