Actionable Science in the Gulf of Mexico Seminar Series

Over the next several months, project teams who received funding from the NOAA RESTORE Science Program in 2017 will be presenting their results as a OneNOAA Science Seminar Series, entitled Actionable Science in the Gulf of Mexico. A total of fifteen research teams were awarded $16.7 million to support work on living coastal and marine resources and their habitats in the Gulf of Mexico.

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events:  

UPCOMING

Linking habitat to recruitment: evaluating the importance of pelagic Sargassum to fisheries management in the Gulf of Mexico
October 1, 2020, 2 – 3 PM ET (Register Here) (Add to Google Calendar)
Presenter: Dr. Frank Hernandez,University of Southern Mississippi
Project Description: Sargassum is a holopelagic brown algae found in the surface waters of the Atlantic Ocean, including the Gulf of Mexico. The accumulation of Sargassum biomass along convergence features provides refuge and foraging habitat for many marine species in an otherwise featureless open ocean. Among the fishes associated with Sargassum are the juvenile stages of managed species, such as Gray Triggerfish, Greater Amberjack, and Tripletail, among others. Sargassum is designated as Essential Fish Habitat, yet our understanding of the nursery function of Sargassum for juvenile life stages of these fishes is lacking, and managers know little about the environmental factors that drive variability in Sargassum abundance and distribution. In this presentation I will present updates from an on-going NOAA RESTORE project that is evaluating the importance of Sargassum to fisheries, and our efforts to develop a standardized Sargassum habitat index that can be used in population assessments of managed fish species that rely on Sargassum during the early life stages. Habitat indices are developed using both vessel-based and remote sensing observations, and are related to the recruitment of juvenile fishes (e.g., age-0 Gray Triggerfish). The variability in trophic ecology for several target species is also described, with an emphasis on the biological and oceanographic drivers of food web dynamics. Understanding the relationships between Sargassum and managed fish species is increasingly important, given the potential impacts of additional Sargassum biomass entering the Gulf of Mexico from recent blooms in the central Atlantic and Caribbean.  (Learn more here.)

October 7, 2020, 12 – 1 PM ET (Register Here) (Add to Google Calendar)
Project Title: Ecosystem Modeling to Improve Fisheries Management in the Gulf of Mexico (Learn more here)
Presenter: Dr. David Chagaris, University of Florida

October 27, 2020, 12 – 1 PM ET
Project Title: Linking community and food-web approaches to restoration: An ecological assessment of created and natural marshes influenced by river diversions (Learn more here.)
Presenter: Dr. Michael Polito, Louisiana State University

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

June 4, 2020, 12 – 1 PM ET – Lessons Learned from the Gulf of Mexico Living Shorelines Suitability Models and Decision Support Tool (Watch the recorded presentation)
Presenter: Dr. Chris Boyd, Troy University, and Dr. Cynthia Meyer, Bureau of Reclamation

June 10, 2020, 12 – 1 PM ET – Eastern Oysters (Crassostrea Virginica) as Retrospective Bioindicators of Trace Metal Contamination (Watch the recorded presentation)
Presenter: Dr. Ruth Carmichael, Dauphin Island Sea Lab, University of South Alabama

June 25, 2020, 12 – 1 PM ET – Thinking About Oyster Resources as a Portfolio of Ecosystem Services (Watch the recorded presentation)
Presenter: Dr. Dan Petrolia, Mississippi State University

June 30, 2020, 12 – 1 PM ET – Gulf-wide assessment of habitat use and habitat-specific production estimates of nekton in turtlegrass (Thalassia testudinum) (Watch the recorded presentation)
Presenter: Dr. Kelly Darnell, University of Southern Mississippi

July 8, 2020, 12 – 1 PM ET – Integrating weather surveillance radar data with habitat and bird metrics to more effectively manage migratory songbirds along the northern Gulf of Mexico (Watch the recorded presentation)
Presenter: Dr. T.J. Zenzal, Wetland and Aquatic Research Center, U.S. Geological Survey

July 23, 2020, 12 – 1 PM ET – Effects of nitrogen sources and plankton food-web dynamics on habitat quality for the larvae of Atlantic bluefin tuna in the Gulf of Mexico (Watch the recorded presentation)
Presenter: Dr. Michael Stukel, Florida State University

July 30, 2020, 12 – 1 PM ET – The Trophic Ecology and Habitat of the Endangered Gulf of Mexico Bryde’s Whale (Balaenoptera edeni) (Watch the recorded presentation)
Presenter: Dr. Lance Garrison, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

September 3, 2020, 12 – 1 PM ET – Expanding Alabama’s Real-time Coastal Observing System for coastal management applications (Watch the recorded presentation.)
Presenter: Dr. Brian Dzwonkowski, Dauphin Island Sea Lab, University of South Alabama

September 15, 2020, 12 – 1 PM ET  – A Web-Based Interactive Decision-Support Tool for Adaptation of Coastal Urban and Natural Ecosystems (ACUNE) in Southwest Florida (Watch the recorded presentation.)
Presenter: Dr. Peter Sheng, University of Florida

To learn about other seminars presented by the OneNOAA Seminar Series sign up for announcements from the series or visit the OneNOAA Seminar Series website.