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

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 (Register Here) (Add to Google Calendar)

Presenter: Dr. Michael Stukel, Florida State University

Project Description: Bluefin tuna spawn in some of the most oligotrophic regions of the Gulf of Mexico. In these stratified, low nutrient waters, low abundances of their mesozooplankton prey can lead to high starvation rates among Bluefin larvae and commensurately decreased recruitment. Larval prey availability may become an even greater concern for this species in a future ocean in which warmer temperatures simultaneously drive decreased ecosystem productivity through increased stratification and increased food requirements as a result of higher metabolism. To investigate linkages between physical circulation, the lower trophic level food web, and larval Bluefin, we have pursued two complementary modeling approaches: three-dimensional coupled ecosystem modeling and mass-balanced constrained food web modeling. We then show how these modeling approaches can be linked to mechanistically predict the impact of interannual and longer-scale changes in the Gulf of Mexico on larval tuna recruitment (Learn more here.)

 

July 30, 2020, 12 – 1 PM ET – The Trophic Ecology and Habitat of the Endangered Gulf of Mexico Bryde’s Whale (Register Here) (Add to Google Calendar)

Presenter: Dr. Lance Garrison, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Project Title: Trophic Interactions and Habitat Requirements of Gulf of Mexico Bryde’s Whales (Learn more here)

Presenter: Dr. Lance Garrison, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 

September 3, 2020, 12 – 1 PM ET

Project Title: Expansion of www.mymobilebay.com for coastal Alabama resource management (Learn more here.)

Presenter: Dr. Brian Dzwonkowski, Dauphin Island Sea Lab, University of South Alabama

 

September 9, 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

 

September 15, 2020, 12 – 1 PM ET

Project Title: A Web-Based Interactive Decision-Support Tool for Adaptation of Coastal Urban and Natural Ecosystems (ACUNE) in Southwest Florida (Learn more here.)

Presenter: Dr. Peter Sheng, University of Florida

 

September 23, 2020, 12 – 1 PM ET

Project Title: Population Connectivity of Deepwater Corals in the Northern Gulf of Mexico (Learn more here.)

Presenter: Dr. Santiago Herrera, Lehigh University

 

October 1, 2020, 12 – 1 PM ET

Project Title: Linking habitat to recruitment: evaluating the importance of pelagic Sargassum to fisheries management in the Gulf of Mexico (Learn more here.)

Presenter: Dr. Frank Hernandez, University of Southern Mississippi

 

October 7, 2020, 12 – 1 PM ET

Project Title: Ecosystem Modeling to Improve Fisheries Management in the Gulf of Mexico (Learn more here)

Presenter: Dr. David Chagaris, University of Florida

 

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

 

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.