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

A tale of two Gulf spills: A research consortium of 17 institutions from 5 countries studying the impacts of oil spills on the Gulf of Mexico.

R/V Weatherbird Log-Jessie Heckman


My name is Jessie Heckman and I am going into my sophomore year at Eckerd College majoring in marine science on a geology track. I have been doing research with Dr. Gregg Brooks for about a year now and I’m so glad I got the opportunity to go on this cruise and see the research I do in the lab come full circle. Today was our first day coring and my first time ever coring. Since we were at a shallow site, the whole process was pretty fast pace but a lot of fun.

Even though I went into coring not knowing much about the process, I came out much more confident. Everyone on the ”mud” crew was super informative and helpful (and patient) whenever I had questions or was unsure about a step in the coring process. I can’t wait for round two!


Photo: Jessie Heckman (Eckerd College) prepares to extrude a sediment core from the northern Gulf of Mexico and will study the 5 year impacts of Deepwater Horizion (Photo: Elizabeth Herdter)

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R/V Weatherbird Log-Boryoung Shin

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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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