The Center for the Integrated Modeling and Analysis of the Gulf Ecosystem

A tale of two Gulf spills: A research consortium of 19 institutions from 5 countries studying the impacts of oil spills on the Gulf of Mexico.

One of the larger C-IMAGE tasks, this task studies the impacts and recovery of oiled sediments, the trajectory and fate of oil spills, chemical and biological processes effecting distribution and toxicity, and the influence of dispersants on these processes. Researchers from the sedimentary deposition, degradation and ecotoxicology task have collected seafloor sediment samples in Mexican, American, and Cuban waters around the Gulf of Mexico to study the Gulf-wide processes.

Studying the 2010 Deepwater Horizon and 1979 Ixtoc I spills gives our studies a diverse and robust set of sediments to study:

  • Radio isotopes
  • Benthic meio- and macrofauna
  • Marine oiled snow
  • Microbial degradation
  • Trace elements in sediment pore water, and
  • Geochemistry

The future goals for the sedimentary deposition group includes:

  • Complete analysis of sediment samples collected in 2017 (Δ14C, δ13C, forams, macrofauna, 234Th)
  • Assess ecosystem impacts of MOSSFA using Deepwater Horizon and Ixtoc I findings
  • Identify components for MOS formation and distribution, and
  • Develop a dispersion model to simulate MOSSFA production

Task Partners

  • USF

    USF-College of Marine Science

  • Calgary

    The University of Calgary

  • GT

    Georgia Institute of Technology

  • Eckerd

    Eckerd College

  • FSU

    Florida State University

  • PSU

    Pennsylvania State University

  • WUR

    Wageningen University

  • TAMUCC

    Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

  • UNAM

    Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México


Meet our researchers

Sediment Deposition News & Products

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Larson Earns 2018 Adm. James D Watkins Award

Larson Earns 2018 Adm. James D Watkins Award

Bekka Larson, a PhD student at the University of South Florida-College of Marine Scie...

03-13-2018

Aprami Jaggi Defends PhD

Aprami Jaggi Defends PhD

Calgary, Alberta - Aprami Jaggi has been through all three funding periods of C-IMAGE...

03-13-2018

C-IMAGE Study Improves Knowledge of Dispersants’-GoMRI Homepage

C-IMAGE Study Improves Knowledge of Dispersan…

The GoMRI homepage features a publication from Wageningen University analyzing the ef...

04-07-2016

The Mud and Blood of 2014

The Mud and Blood of 2014

  The last field sampling expedition of C-IMAGE is now completed.  C-IMAGE PI Steven...

09-02-2014

David Hastings travels to China

David Hastings travels to China

Dr. Jing Chen, student Yovela Wang, and Dr David Hastings at Xiamen University.  Dav...

07-31-2014

MOSSFA, GoMRI Meeting 2014

MOSSFA, GoMRI Meeting 2014

The MOSSFA Working Group: Uta Passow (UCSB), Jeff Chanton (FSU), Kendra Daly (USF), a...

06-27-2014

MOSSFA in Tallahassee

MOSSFA in Tallahassee

C-IMAGE along with two other GoMRI funded consortia, ECOGIG and Deep-C created a work...

06-27-2014

Sampling for oil the GoM

Sampling for oil the GoM

C-IMAGE PI's Steven Murawski and David Hollander on board the Weatherbird II in Augus...

06-27-2014

Corday Selden, success!

Corday Selden, success!

Corday Selden gave a superb presentation on "Correctional changes in benthic foramini...

06-26-2014

Sediment Deposition Publications

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Oil spill dispersants induce formation of marine snow by phytoplankton-associated bacteria

Oil spill dispersants induce formation of mar…

Unusually large amounts of marine snow, including Extracellular Polymeric Substances ...

02-19-2016

Hydrocarbon-Degrading Bacteria Exhibit a Species-Specific Response to Dispersed Oil while Moderating Ecotoxicity

Hydrocarbon-Degrading Bacteria Exhibit a Spec…

The Deepwater Horizon blowout in April, 2010, represented the largest accidental mari...

02-19-2016

Using natural abundance radiocarbon to trace the flux of petrocarbon to the seafloor following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

Using natural abundance radiocarbon to trace …

The objective of this study was to investigate the impacts of the Deepwater Horizon (...

02-19-2016

Ciliated protists from the nepheloid layer and water column of sites affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Northeastern Gulf of Mexico

Ciliated protists from the nepheloid layer an…

Benthic marine protists have been well documented from shallow marine benthic habitat...

01-25-2016

Shelf break exchange events near the De Soto Canyon

Shelf break exchange events near the De Soto …

Observations of currents, temperature, sea-surface height, sea-surface temperature an...

01-25-2016

Photochemical changes in water accommodated fractions of MC252 and surrogate oil created during solar exposure as determined by FT-ICR MS

Photochemical changes in water accommodated f…

To determine effects of photochemical weathering of petroleum, surrogate and Macondo ...

01-25-2016

Tracking the Hercules 265 marine gas well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico

Tracking the Hercules 265 marine gas well blo…

On 23 July 2013, a marine gas rig (Hercules 265) ignited in the northern Gulf of Mexi...

01-25-2016

In Hercules 265 Blowout, Pyrogenic compounds impacted fish, sediments

In Hercules 265 Blowout, Pyrogenic compounds …

On July 23, 2013 a marine gas rig (Hercules 265) ignited in the northern Gulf of Mexi...

12-23-2015

Rapid screening of glycerol ether lipid biomarkers in recent marine sediment using APPI-P FTICR-MS

Rapid screening of glycerol ether lipid bioma…

A newly utilized mass spectrometry method, FTICR-MS, gives researchers the ability to...

12-10-2015

Podcasts from The Loop

The Loop is a series of podcasts which take an in depth look at C-IMAGE research. Partnering with Mind Open Media reporters Ari Daniel Shapiro and David Levin, our researchers share the importance of their studies and how they help our understanding of oil spills. David and Ari have produced eight podcasts and have more in the queue. The podcasts are linked below. Plug in and learn about our research!

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