C-IMAGE Consortium | December 2018
To advance understanding of the fundamental processes and mechanisms involved in marine blowouts and their environmental consequences, ensuring that society is better-prepared to mitigate such future events
The C-IMAGE leadership team shares warm holiday wishes from sunny St. Petersburg, FL. (Left to Right) Sherryl Gilbert, Benjamin Prueitt, Steven Murawski, David Hollander. Photo by Sean Beckwith.
Season's Greetings from the C-IMAGE Consortium
Coming into our eighth year of continuous oil spill research, the Center for Integrated Modeling and Analysis of Gulf Ecosystems (C-IMAGE) is summarizing its findings for user communities and educators. This newsletter highlights the recent findings and events happening across the C-IMAGE consortium.
Upcoming Events
4-7 February 2019: 2019 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science Conference - the annual New Orleans conference presents work across GoMRI. For more information, visit the Conference Website.
20 April 2019: 9th Anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon spill - To learn more about the 2010 spill and other mega spills in the Gulf of Mexico, visit BeneathTheHorizon.org.
GoMRI Synthesis Workshops
15-17 January 2019: Core Area 1: Plume & Circulation Observations & Modeling

4-5 February 2019: Core Area 4: Allostatic Load

9-10 April 2019: Core Area 6: Defining the Gulf of Mexico Microbiome

12-14 June 2019: Core Area 2: Fate of Oil & Weathering: Biological & Physical-chemical Degradation

Late Summer 2019 (Dates TBD): Core Area 5: Living on the Edge: Enhancing the Sustainability of Coupled Human-Environment Systems in the Gulf of Mexico Region

Data Management Docket
Data closeout for C-IMAGE II is happening now. All outstanding C-IMAGE II datasets must be available by 28 February, 2019.

The following data attribution is required on all GoMRI or C-IMAGE funded publications:
"This research was made possible by a grant from The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative/C-IMAGE II. Data are publicly available through the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative Information & Data Cooperative (GRIIDC) at  https://data.gulfresearchinitiative.org  (doi: [, , ,…]).”"
Contact Richard McKenzie or Jason Boczar with any data management questions.
Accolades and Graduation
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2018 has been a busy year for many of our C-IMAGE Scholars.

Congratulations to all of our latest Doctorates!

Aprami Jaggi - Dissolved organic matter in marine environments: A study of the origin, lability and molecular composition
Will Overholt - The response of marine benthic microbial populations to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill
Xiaoxu Sun - Oceanographic controls of microbial hydrocarbon degradation
Boryoung Shin - Hydrocarbon degradation by bacteria in coastal environment of northern Gulf of Mexico sediment after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill
Melissa Rohal - Ecosystem impacts of oil spills on offshore environment in the Gulf of Mexico
InOk Jun - Study on the near-field modeling for spilled oil and gas throughout the water column.
Lindsey Dornberger - Using Ecosystem Based Modeling to Describe an Oil Spill and Assess the Long-Term Effects
Shaojie Sun - Optical remote sensing of oil spills in the Gulf of Mexico
Teri Navajo
Pain and Sorrow, Buried Deep
Acrylic, ink and gouache on Canvas
Visually representing research is normally done through illustrations, figures or graphs, but for our two book series with Springer we put the meaning of our research into the eyes and hands of Tampa Bay artists for a new perspective.

Ten custom art pieces will represent some of the book's sections. Combining abstract, expressionism, and realism shows the variety of research within C-IMAGE.

Artists commissioned for the pieces are:

Curtis Whitwam - Curtis' Instagram page
Teri Navajo - Teri's Instag ram page
Tessa Wilson

The final pieces will be permanently displayed at the University of South Florida-College of Marine Science. A temporary display will be hosted at the USFSP Poynter Memorial Library in St. Petersburg, FL in March.

Prints of the artwork are available. Please contact Benjamin Prueitt with questions.
'Two Sea Fans' Podcast features Dr. Dana Wetzel
Mote Marine Laboratory Senior Scientist Dr. Dana Wetzel investigates the presence and impacts of contaminants — including oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico — as one key focus of her Environmental Laboratory for Forensics based at Mote’s Sarasota, Florida, campus.

In this episode, hosts Joe and Hayley ask Dr. Wetzel about the questions her lab is working to answer, including the latest steps in long-running research in partnership with Dr. Kevan Main, focusing on oil exposure in fishes.
Dr. Dana Wetzel with whale bones during field research (photo courtesy: Mote Marine Laboratory)
2018 St. Petersburg Science Festival
Science in the Sun
Each October since 2012, C-IMAGE joins the St. Petersburg Science Festival to welcome children and families from across the Tampa Bay region to learn about the science happening in their community.

C-IMAGE's lead PI, Steve Murawski, organized Murawski's Minions to share oil spill research through creating 'sediment core form the ocean floor' necklaces, otolith slides, 3D-printed foraminifera, and origami fortune tellers. This year's festival also featured clips from the Dispatches from the Gulf films and a Q&A session with videographer Bill Mills and PhD student Susan Snyder.

The C-IMAGE group again partnered with the C-SCAMP Project to offer 3D goggle experience at identifying fishes in protected areas in the Gulf.
MarCuba Conference Welcomes International Collaboration
Researchers and students represented C-IMAGE
at the 2018 MarCuba Conference in Havana, Cuba this September.

10 presentations about the ongoing collaborations between Universities around the Gulf of Mexico examined the present state of Cuban waters and preparations for the future.

Presentations covered the topics of establishing sedimentary baselines, sustainable fishing practices, toxicity in bottom-dwelling fishes, and tracing contaminate trends in northwest Cuba.
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C-IMAGE researchers and Dr. Rita Colwell (fourth from right) attending the MarCuba Conference in September 2018..
MOSSFA Synthesis Workshop Connects Industry, Response & Restoration, and Academia
Hosted in Galveston, TX, the MOSSFA Synthesis Workshop invited 45 individuals to discuss the formation, sedimentation, modeling, and response during MOSSFA events.

Organizers from the ADDOMeX and C-IMAGE Consortia and a GoMRI RFP-V project provided a platform for members of academia, industry, and government to share their unique perspectives while providing next steps as part of GoMRI Synthesis and Legacy.
Latest Publications
BP Gulf Science Data (GSD) Water Chemistry Data stations collected during the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) blowout from May to December 2010. from Paris et al. (2018)
Fishing Research Expedition benefits St. Petersburg Salvation Army
During a collaborative cruise the the DEEPEND Consortium, several hundred pounds of pelagic fishes were caught to study nightly vertical migration and fish health. For our studies, researchers only use a small sample of muscle tissue in addition to livers, bile, otoliths, and spleen for analysis.

To donate the remaining fish meat (mostly from Tuna), C-IMAGE researchers adapted processing methods to align with HACCP protocols. Once back in port in St. Petersburg, FL the frozen fish meat was sent to a local fish cleaning and processing business where it was formally processed for consumption.

Salvation Army accepted the donation form this research expedition which went to the Area Command for the Adult Rehab Center and packaged meals for Foster Families.
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