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Dolphin Tags

Full Title: Assessment of movement patterns and critical habitat for coastal and continental shelf small cetaceans in the Gulf of Mexico using newly developed remote satellite tagging techniques: Part 2 This project is developing a new and innovative approach for attaching satellite tags to small cetaceans without having to capture them. The Team: Michael Moore … Continue reading

Deepwater Corals

Full Title: Population Connectivity of Deepwater Corals in the Northern Gulf of Mexico This project determined from where the corals in different mesophotic (50-150 m) and deepwater (150-2400 m) populations in the Gulf of Mexico originated, which is critical information for conserving and restoring these important habitats that were damaged by the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) … Continue reading

Identifying Ecological Hotspots

Full Title: Defining abnormal events of oceanographic, biological, and physical properties in the Gulf of Mexico to identify data gaps The project characterized variability over space and time of ocean conditions in the Gulf of Mexico. The Team: Robert Arnone (Lead Investigator, The University of Southern Mississippi,, E. Brooke Jones (The University of Southern … Continue reading

Spawning Aggregations

Full Title: Cooperative monitoring program for spawning aggregations in the Gulf of Mexico: an assessment of existing information, data gaps and research priorities This project identified fish spawning aggregation areas in the Gulf of Mexico and developed a framework for a long-term, cooperative research program focused on fish spawning aggregations. The Team: Brad Erisman (Lead Investigator, … Continue reading

Assessing Ecosystem Modeling

Full Title: Ecosystem modeling efforts in the Gulf of Mexico: current status and future needs to address management and restoration activities This project conducted a comprehensive review and assessment of ecosystem modeling efforts in the Gulf of Mexico. The Team: James Simons (Lead Investigator, Texas A&M University Corpus Christi,, Elizabeth A. Babcock (University of … Continue reading

Ecosystem Indicators Inventory

Full Title: Inventory of Gulf of Mexico ecosystem indicators using an ecological resilience framework This project created a comprehensive guide for management using indicators of five common coastal habitats: salt marsh, mangrove, seagrass, oyster beds/reefs, and coral reefs. The Team: Kathleen Goodin (Lead Investigator, NatureServe,, Don Faber-Langendoen (NatureServe), Ken Dunton (The University of Texas … Continue reading