Oilspill

UM Experts

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Araujo, Rafael

Division: RSMAS, Marine Biology and Fisheries (MBF)
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Relevant Expertise

Effect and evaluation of oil spills in mangrove,seagrass, and coral reef ecosystems. Previous work conducted in Colombia for Shell; in Florida for NOAA and FP&L; in Kuwait for the Kuwai Inst of Marine Research; and in Panama for the Panamanian government.

Relevant Data

Co-published several reports on effects of oil spills in mangroves.

Relevant Sampling Capabilities

Effects of oil toxicity in mangroves


Atlas, Elliot

Division: RSMAS, Marine and Atmospheric Chemistry (MAC)
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Relevant Expertise

Air and water sampling for organic compounds

Relevant Sampling Capabilities

Airborne Air Sampling for Organics; Shipboard Air/Water Sampling for Organics

Ongoing Research Efforts

Am part of a NOAA air chemistry project in California (CALNEX), but some discussion that NOAA may redeploy the aircraft to study oil burns and emissions from the spill.


Ault, Jerald

Division: RSMAS, Marine Biology and Fisheries (MBF)
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Relevant Expertise

Environmental and ecosystem impacts - Fisheries and ecosystem modeling and risk assessment

Relevant Data

I have a long-term (1979-2010) high precision ecosystem spatial data on size-structured abundance for >280 species of the coral reef fish community of the Florida Keys and Dry Tortugas. The data were obtained using a non-destructive visual census method that we developed, and have exceptional coverage for the >50 exploited species of the snapper-grouper complex. I have also developed a visual census method for bonefish in the Florida Keys and have twice-yearly survey data from 2003-2010.

Relevant Sampling Capabilities

Ecosystem-level sampling capabilities for coral reef fishes. Satellite-based tracking of Atlantic tarpon migrations that has shown resource connectivity from Mexico to Texas through Florida to North Carolina. Visual census of bonefish using the Florida Keys Professional Fishing Guides Association. Design of coral reef (benthic habitats) monitoring surveys of coral reefs from the Florida Keys-Dry Tortugas (1997-2009). Have also published on statistical survey design and monitoring of pink shrimp (and about 120 fish species) in Biscayne Bay, Florida.

Ongoing Research Efforts

http://femar.rsmas.miami.edu


Baker, Andrew

Division: RSMAS, Marine Biology & Fisheries (MBF)
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Relevant Expertise

Coral reef ecology, coral bleaching, coral-algal symbiosis, climate change

Relevant Data

I have some baseline data on the alga symbiont communities normally present in corals in the Florida Keys, particularly northern Florida Keys; this might be relevant if we see bleaching of corals as a result of oiling.

Relevant Sampling Capabilities

Coral genetics, particularly algal symbionts; use of Pulse Amplitude Modulated Fluorometry of corals to monitor/study bleaching.

Ongoing Research Efforts

Various surveys in the Upper Florida Keys reef tract, plus collaboration with Diego Lirman and the Nature Conservancy’s ARRA project monitoring symbionts in Acropora nurseries.


Captain, Burjor

Division: UM, Department of Chemistry
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Relevant Expertise

Synthetic Organometallic/Inorganic Chemistry, Single Crystal X-ray diffraction, Transition metal catalysis

Relevant Sampling Capabilities

X-ray crystallography


Benetti, Daniel

Division: RSMAS, Marine Affairs and Policy (MAF)
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Relevant Expertise

Offshore aquaculture

Relevant Data

Environmental studies at specific sites both at the bottom and water column.

Relevant Sampling Capabilities

Bottom samples for biological and physico-chemical parameters, water column samples for water quality parameters.

Ongoing Research Efforts

Site selection and feasibility studies for offshore aquaculture.


Chen, Shuyi

Division: RSMAS, Meteorology & Physical Oceanography (MPO)
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Relevant Expertise

High resolution fully coupled atmosphere-wave-ocean modeling and prediction

Relevant Data

High-resolution model (~1km grid resolution) wind rain fields, ocean surface waves, ocean temperature and currents over the Gulf of Mexico

Relevant Sampling Capabilities

Real-time satellite cloud and weather system tracking at hourly temporal resolution over the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean Seas, and the West Altantic (http://orca.rsmas.miami.edu/~eryan/ConvTracking/atl_index_rt.php

Ongoing Research Efforts

1) Fully coupled high-resolution model prediction of tropical/subtropical /coastal weather and marine systems, especially hurricanes; and 2) coupled model simulations and data assimilation of past severe/hazardous weather events, which can provide a much better re-construction/re-analysis of detailed wind, rain, ocean surface waves, and ocean temperature/currents than the climatological data base.


Cherubin, Laurent

Division: RSMAS, Meteorology & Physical Oceanography (MPO)
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Relevant Expertise

Process studies of ocean current and eddy dynamics. High resolution numerical simulation of coastal ocean processes using the Regional Oceanic Modeling System (ROMS) and the Miami Isopycnic Coordinate Ocean Model. Numerical simulation of river run-off, nutrients. Numerical simulation of larval transport and flow pathways in 3D.

Relevant Data

High resolution ROMS simulation of the Gulf of Mexico nested in HYCOM forecast. http://hycom.coaps.fsu.edu/opendap/nph-dods/datasets/external/GOM/

Relevant Sampling Capabilities

Gliders in collaboration with team at WHOI and FSU

Ongoing Research Efforts

Very high resolution nested model of the Florida Keys (two embedded grids at 2.8 km and 700 m resolution respectively) used to study the transport of pink shrimp larvae from the Dry Tortugas spawning ground to Florida Bay. The model resolves tide.


Crawford, Douglas and Oleksiak, Marjorie

Division: RSMAS, Marine Biology and Fisheries (MBF)

Relevant Expertise

Evolutionary genetics

Relevant Data

One of the impacts of the oil spill will be the reduction of the effective population size (Ne) and with it, a decrease in genetic diversity. To examine this, one would have to immediately sample the most sensitive, economically or biologically important species (50-100/location) and resample them in the next few years. Population genetics used to ascertain Ne are well established and thus should be done. What is less well known at this time are the molecular tools to quantify genetic diversity. Most likely these already exist, but if not a rich database of meaningful markers could be quickly generated.

Relevant Sampling Capabilities

We have measured genetic diversity in Fundulus grandis (Marsh minnow in Gulf of Mexico), but more importantly, the technique of generating rich measure of genetic diversity can be applied to many important species.


Cowen, Robert K.

Division: RSMAS, Marine Biology and Fisheries (MBF),
Associate Dean for Research

Relevant Expertise

Early life history of marine fishes, larval ecology, population connectivity

Relevant Data

Larval fish and plankton 3D distribution data throughout the Straits of Florida and through time (coral reef, pelagics, and mesopelagics), including transport mechanisms and food web dynamics. Also, development of high resolution, rapid plankton imagery system (ISIIS).

Relevant Sampling Capabilities

Full suite of plankton sampling capabilities (1 m2 and 4 m2 MOCNESS), In situ Ichthyoplankton Imaging System (ISIIS)

Ongoing Research Efforts

Studies on larval fish distribution, foraging, and condition within the Florida Straits (collaborating with Drs. Su Sponaugle, Kourafalou and Paris)


Criales, Maria M.

Division: RSMAS, Marine Biology and Fisheries (MBF)
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Relevant Expertise

Ecology, taxonomy, and recruitment of shrimps in south Florida

Relevant Data

Zooplankton biomass and fluorescence from SEFCAR cruises; abundances of pink shrimp larvae in the Straits of Florida; abundances of penaeid shrimp postlarvae and juveniles in western Florida Bay and Middle Florida Keys.

Ongoing Research Efforts

Ongoing research on behavior of pink shrimp postlarvae to the tides; tolerances of salinity and temperature of pink shrimp postlarvae.


Die, David

Division: RSMAS, Marine Biology and Fisheries (MBF) and Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies (CIMAS)
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Relevant Expertise

Evaluation of marine fishery and ecosystem management strategies

Relevant Data

Spatially explicit model of the West Coast Florida Shelf (Panhandle to Florida Keys) with populations of major species of snapper/grouper stocks with the ability to test for impact scenarios.

Relevant Sampling Capabilities

Surveys of fisher attitudes/decisions. Currently implementing a survey of fisher decisions during fishing operations in the Florida West Coast.

Ongoing Research Efforts

We have started putting together a team to develop a fishery ecosystem model of the entire Gulf of Mexico based on the ATLANTIS modeling platform. We are interviewing modelers to finalize the core modeling team of two UM faculty (E. Babcock and D. Die), two NOAA scientists (M. Schirripa and C. Brown), one postdoc (TAB), and two PhD students (S. Saul and TBA). We plan to have a draft operating model by of the GOM by the end of the year.


Eberli, Gregor

Division: RSMAS, Marine Geology and Geophysics (MGG)
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Relevant Expertise

Geophysical, geologic and geochemical expertise for the investigation of coastal systems and deep-water corals in the Straits of Florida.

Relevant Data

Facies maps using satellite imagery combined with groundtruthing; (tidal) current measurements; for deep-water: mulitbeam, side scan sonar, sub-bottom profiler.

Relevant Sampling Capabilities

Sediment sampling, coring, grain size analysis, X-ray.

Ongoing Research Efforts

The following three projects are currently ongoing with funding from the Comparative Sedimentology Laboratory:

  1. Assessing the Lateral and Stratigraphic Heterogeneity of a Windward Platform Margin, Exumas, Bahamas (Gregor P. Eberli, Donald F. McNeil, Kelly L. Jackson, Angela Pumputis, and Harold Hudson)
  2. Capturing Carbonate Heterogeneity in Multiple Dimensions and Scales, Glover’s Reef, Belize (Noelle J. Van Ee, Gregor P. Eberli, Peter K. Swart, and Donald F. cNeil)
  3. Geochemistry of Deep Sea Corals from the Straits of Florida, (Angela D. Rosenberg, Peter K. Swart, Gregor P. Eberli)

PRF-Project funded by the American Geochemical Institute:

Controls on cold-water coral mound geography in the Straits of Florida (Gregor P. Eberli, Mark Grasmueck, Thiago Correa)


Englehardt, James D.

Dept: CoE, Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering
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Relevant Expertise

Oil spill risk analysis, modeling, development of decision support tools

Ongoing Research Efforts

Our group has just completed development of Bayesian software for locating and projecting in time sunken oil masses on the bottom of bays following spills, for the Emergency Response Division of NOAA/NOS/OR&R in Seattle. Principal required input is available limited field data on relative oil concentration spatially. Proposed enhancements include capability to use bathymetry and other information.


Ehrhardt, Nelson

Division: RSMAS, Marine Biology and Fisheries (MBF)
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Relevant Expertise

Marine population dynamic studies, population assessments, environmental and economic impacts of fisheries.

Relevant Data

1960’–2000’s &mdash monthly abundance and mortality data for pink shrimp recruitment and adult populations in the Florida Keys region, including the Dry Tortugas. Pink shrimp may serve the purpose of species indicating environmental change. Florida spiny lobster post larval recruitment indices, recruitment abundance to the fisheries and mature population abundance for the period 1980–2008. Recruitment success as a parameter of ecosystem changes.

Relevant Sampling Capabilities

Joint sampling capabilities with the Florida Marine Fisheries Commission and the National Fisheries Service pink shrimp and spiny lobster sampling.

Ongoing Research Efforts

Florida spiny lobster recruitment dynamics. Pink shrimp as indicators of climate change.


Fleming, Lora

Division: RSMAS, Marine Biology and Fisheries (MBF) and MED, Dept of Epidemiology and Public Health
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Relevant Expertise

Oceans and Human Health

(focus on harmful algal blooms and microbial pollution)

Relevant Sampling Capabilities

For Human Health Concerns from Oil Spills

  1. Florida Poison Information Center Tel: 800 282 3171
  2. Beach Conditions Reporting Florida Gulf of Mexico: http://coolgate.mote.org/beachconditions/ and Tel: 1-941-BEACHES.

Ongoing Research Efforts

The NSF NIEHS Oceans and Human Health Center (www.rsmas.miami.edu/groups/ohh/) has interdisciplinary science and training with a particular focus on harmful algal blooms and microbial pollution with modeling of near shore and Gulf of Mexico Florida events.

Ongoing NIEHS funded aerosolized Florida red tide toxin study in asthmatics on west coast of Florida.


Gayanilo, Felimon

UM Center for Computational Science (CCS)
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Relevant Expertise

Software engineering and coastal/ocean observing data management

Relevant Data

The GCOOS Data Portal is a repository of ocean observing data from non-federal assets, industry, and from selected federally managed and controlled sensors relevant to the region. The data portal is funded by NOAA’s IOOS program and is open to the public at http://gcoos.rsmas.miami.edu

Ongoing Research Efforts

MARES Project: Marine and Estuarine Goal Setting for South Florida (Peter Ortner, Lead PI; NOAA, NCCOS funded)

GCOOS DP: Continuing development and maintenance of the Gulf of Mexico Coastal and Ocean Observing Data Portal (NOAA IOOS Funded)


Graber, Hans C.

Division: RSMAS, Applied Marine Physics (AMP), Executive Director, CSTARS
Associate Dean for Infrastructure

Relevant Expertise

Satellite radar remote sensing; Storm surge and wave predictions; air-sea interaction

Relevant Data

Satellite imagery of the oil spill will be posted daily at

http://cstars.rsmas.miami.edu

Relevant Sampling Capabilities

Near real time access to 15 radar and optical satellites; high resolution (~100m) storm surge and wave prediction models

Ongoing Research Efforts

Satellite remote sensing of typhoons in the western Pacific.

Air-sea interaction measurements in strongly-forced wind regimes. Internal waves observations and analysis. River mouths and inlet dynamics.


Griffa, Annalisa

Division: RSMAS, Meteorology and Physical Oceanography (MPO)
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Relevant Expertise

Dispersion processes in the ocean, data assimiilation

Relevant Sampling Capabilities

Dispersion measurements in ocean currents using drifters

Ongoing Research Efforts

Dispersion and prediction processes in the ocean. Involvement in a operative

Mediterranean project on oil spill prediction and quick response.


Hammerschlag, Neil

Division: RSMAS, Marine Affairs and Policy (MAF)
RJ Dunlap Marine Conservation Program

Relevant Expertise

Fish and shark surveys in Florida Bay and Florida Reef in middle keys; satellite tracking of sharks along Florida Atlantic and Gulf Coasts

Relevant Data

Monthly abundance surveys of sharks and fishes in several locations within Florida Bay/Everglades National Park/mid Florida Keys reef tract.

Satellite tagging of sharks on Florida Atlantic and Gulf coast.

Tissue sampling of sharks for trophic and eco-toxicology studies.

Relevant Sampling Capabilities

Shark surveys (drumlines)

Fish surveys (fish traps)

Shark movements (near real-time satellite tagging with SPOT tags of Great Hammerhead & Bull sharks)

Fish & shark muscle, fin, blood analysis (stable isotopes, mercury, BMAA analysis)

Ongoing Research Efforts

Monthly abundance surveys of sharks and fishes in several locations within Florida Bay/Everglades National Park/mid Florida Keys reef tract.

Satellite tagging of sharks on Florida Atlantic and Gulf coast.

Tissue sampling of sharks for trophic and eco-toxicology studies.


Haus, Brian

Division: RSMAS, Applied Marine Physics (AMP)
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Relevant Expertise

Coastal circulation, inlets, air-sea interaction

Relevant Data

HF radar mapping of surface currents and waves, ADCP observations of currents

Relevant Sampling Capabilities

HF radar mapping of surface currents/waves in Straits of Florida

Ongoing Research Efforts

ONR tidal inlets/river mouths of DRI.


Hitchcock, Gary

Division: RSMAS, Marine Biology and Fisheries (MBF)
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Relevant Expertise

Pelagic primary production and respiration, Florida red tide dynamics

Relevant Data

Five years of productivity and respiration data from the West Florida Shelf


Hoff, Carl

Division: UM Department of Chemistry
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Relevant Expertise

Catalysis, inorganic chemistry, FTIR microscopy

Relevant Sampling Capabilities

FTIR microscopy


Kamenkovich, Igor

Division: RSMAS, Meteorology and Physical Oceanography (MPO)
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Relevant Expertise

Dynamics of mesoscale eddies and western boundary currents

Ongoing Research Efforts

Studies of the dynamics of mesoscale/submesoscale eddies and their effects on the Loop Current.


Klaus, James

Dept: UM, Department of Geological Sciences, secondary appointment MGG
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Relevant Expertise

environmental microbiology of sediment biofilms and coral tissues

Relevant Data

analyses of natural microbial communities and biofilms

Ongoing Research Efforts

currently studying microbial communities of beach sediment biofilms, coral mucus layers and Florida Bay mud cores


Knapp, Angela N.

Division: RSMAS, Marine and Atmospheric Chemistry (MAC)
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Relevant Expertise

Dissolved inorganic and organic nitrogen (i.e. NO3, NO2, DON, NH4) concentration and isotopic analysis, nutrient concentration (i.e. NO3, NO2, PO4, NH4)

Relevant Data

A time series study of NO3 and DON concentration and stable isotopic composition in the Sargasso Sea; quantifying nitrogen fixation inputs to the ocean via geochemical analyses.

Ongoing Research Efforts

Using inorganic and organic nitrogen nutrients as indicators of biogeochemical processes and changes in the environment.


Kourafalou, Villy

Division: RSMAS, Meteorology and Physical Oceanography (MPO)
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Relevant Expertise

Physical oceanography, modeling and prediction, coastal circulation

Ongoing Research Efforts

Modeling in the Gulf of Mexico

http://coastalmodeling.rsmas.miami.edu


Langdon, Chris

Division: RSMAS, Marine Biology and Fisheries (MBF)
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Relevant Expertise

Coral reef metabolism

Relevant Data

I have conducted three cruises in 2009/2010, most recently this week May 3-8, 2010, that establish the baseline rates of coral reef primary production and calification along seven transects ranging from Looe Reef in the lower Keys to Fowey Rocks in the upper Keys.

Relevant Sampling Capabilities

Shipboard measurements of carbonate chemistry of the waters overlying the Florida Reef tract.

Ongoing Research Efforts

I do this NSF funded study of the metabolic activity of the coral reefs in the Florida Reef tract every four months on the Walton Smith (RSMAS research vessel).


Le Hénaff, Matthieu

Division: RSMAS, Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies (CIMAS)
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Relevant Expertise

Physical oceanography, coastal dynamics, modeling, observations, data assimilation

Ongoing Research Efforts

Gulf of Mexico dynamics, data assimilation experiments


Lirman, Diego

Division: RSMAS, Marine Biology and Fisheries (MBF)
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Relevant Expertise

Benthic/Disturbance Ecology

Relevant Data

Abundance, condition, distribution of benthic organisms (corals, seagrasses)

Relevant Sampling Capabilities

Rapid assessment of coral reefs and seagrass beds

Ongoing Research Efforts

Baseline monitoring of coral reefs and seagrass habitats in Biscayne Bay and Biscayne National Park.


Mariano, Arthur

Divison: RSMAS, Meterology and Physical Oceanography (MPO)
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Relevant Expertise

Ocean, prediction, modeling, ocean currents

Relevant Data

http://oceancurrents.rsmas.miami.edu/atlantic/loop-current.html

Ongoing Research Efforts

Particle prediction


McManus, John W.

Division: RSMAS, Marine Biology and Fisheries (MBF)
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Relevant Expertise

Impacts of disturbances on coral reef and related shallow tropical ecosystems.

Relevant Data

Near-shore food web information from Key Biscayne, relevant to similar environments in the lower Florida Keys. Also, comprehensive GIS map-based data system covering factors relevant to all South Florida marine and coastal ecosystems and their watersheds from Lake Okeechobee southward (Data Navigator South Florida: http://typhon.rsmas.miami.edu/GIS/fk_gidst/fkgidst_main.htm

Relevant Sampling Capabilities

Expertise in ecological sampling and multivariate data analysis, food web analysis, and shallow-water hydroecological modeling.

Ongoing Research Efforts

Ecological field, food-web, and modeling study of shallow-water environment at Crandon Park, Key Biscayne, Florida.


Meltzoff, Sarah

Divsion: RSMAS, Marine Affairs and Policy (MAF)
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Relevant Expertise

Ethnographic fieldwork using the political ecology approach in the Florida Keys exploring particapatory management and conflicts among fishers and real estate developers.

Relevant Data

Mapping how the stakeholder groups interact during times of drastic change (human dimensions of environmental change)

Relevant Sampling Capabilities

Qualitative ethnographic fieldwork of coastal stakeholder group, given environmental and political changes interacting with social changes.

Ongoing Research Efforts

This approach in the Galapagos.


Natland, James

Division: RSMAS, Marine Geology and Geophysics (MGG)
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Relevant Expertise

Rocks, minerals, scientific Ocean drilling.

Acquaintance with some aspects of drilling engineering and safety procedures; Ocean Drilling Program and Technology Development liason; numerous at-sea ocean drilling cruises.

Relevant Sampling Capabilities

Coring


Olascoaga, Josefina

Division: RSMAS, Applied Marine Physics (AMP)
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Relevant Expertise

Lagrangian transport

Ongoing Research Efforts

Lagrangian analysis of seven years of model (hycom) outputs from the Gulf of Mexico. Work done in relation with red tides, but relevant to any tracer in the gulf. It is relevant especially to predictions of possible impact on the west coast of Florida. This work was submitted last January to JGR-oceans.


Ortner, Peter

Division: RSMAS, Marine Biology and Fisheries (MBF) and the Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies (CIMAS)
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Relevant Expertise

Plankton ecology, biological oceanography, plankton sampling, coastal ecosystem management.

Relevant Data

Long-term data sets for South Florida coastal ecosystem and Florida Bay plankton, nutrients, physics.

Relevant Sampling Capabilities

Acoustical and optical water column sampling

Ongoing Research Efforts

Long-term South Florida Ecosystem Monitoring (with AOML) -interdisciplinary/biol-physics-chemistry water column MARES.

http://www.sofla-mares.org


Özgökmen, Tamay

Division: RSMAS, Meteorology & Physical Oceanography (MPO)
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Relevant Expertise

Lagrangian transport, large eddy simulations of processes involving 3D (high vertical velocities) ocean processes

Ongoing Research Efforts

I just started running some simulations of “oil” released from the bottom and rising in the water column, just curiosity driven, at the moment.


Paris, Claire

Division: RSMAS, Applied Marine Physics (AMP)
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Relevant Expertise

Modeling of biophysical interactions, larval transport and population connectivity; fish larval ecology.

Relevant Data

Development of the Connectivity Modeling System (CMS), an IBM featuring access of ocean model data using OPeNDAP. The software package is designed to track particles and includes sub-models of particle behavior and habitat characteristics. Developer of a Lagrangian system to study navigation in pelagic larvae (DISC).

Ongoing Research Efforts

Modeling of spawning source of blue marlin in the GOM.

Modeling of larval transport and population connectivity in the Florida Keys (collaborators: Sponaugle, Kourafalou, Cowen).

The CMS is currently used to predict dispersion in the GOM (collaborator: Srinivasan). In situ observation of larval fish behavior.


Reid, Pamela

Division: RSMAS, Marine Geology and Geophysics (MGG)
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Relevant Expertise

Underwater landscape mosaics

http://www.rsmas.miami.edu/groups/reidlab/index.html

Relevant Sampling Capabilities

Ability to create underwater mosaic images of the seafloor for areas of several hundred square meters - powerful technique for visualizing benthic marine habitats before and after potential oil damage.

Ongoing Research Efforts

Underwater landscape mosaic technology.


Scott, Troy

UM Oceans and Human Health (OHH)
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Relevant Expertise

Environmental/Marine Microbiology, Microbial Ecology, Molecular Biology, Coastal and Marine Sciences, Molecular Biology, Coastal and Marine Sciences

Relevant Data

Oil in water emulsions, paraffin characterization in oil, paraffin solvation in oil. Coastline remediation, marine resource survey.

Relevant Sampling Capabilities

Specialized in various environmental/water sampling techniques and marine resource surveys.

Ongoing Research Efforts

Currently conducting research and development of novel, nontoxic oil dispersants, paraffin solvents, and emulsifiers. Active coastal ecology marine/resource data collection program.


Serafy, Joe

Division: RSMAS, Marine Biology and Fisheries (MBF)
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Relevant Expertise

Fish ecology

Relevant Sampling Capabilities

Visual and photographic data collection ~ 300 shoreline stations annually.

Ongoing Research Efforts

Long-term funding from USACE to examine fish diversity, abundance and behavior in relation to freshwater flows. BOB, Stiltsville perfect monitoring platform for incoming contaminants.


Shay, Lynn “Nick”

Division: RSMAS, Meterology and Physical Oceanography (MPO)
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Relevant Expertise

Air-sea interaction, WERA, GOM circulation


Solo-Gabriele, Helena

Division: CoE, Department of Civil, Architectural Environmental Engineering
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Relevant Expertise

Contaminant transport. In particular, transport of microbial contamination and inorganic contaminants

Relevant Data

My group (Wang/Reniers/Haus) has developed a hydrodynamic water quality model for Biscayne Bay including wave and sediment transport capabilities with a focus on shoreline dynamics. We also have capabilities through our OHH(Oceans and Human Health Center) to evaluate human health impacts (through Dr. Fleming).

Relevant Sampling Capabilities

We have capabilities to collect shoreline samples of water and sediments. Can also mobilize to college samples of air/gas.

Ongoing Research Efforts

We are continuing efforts to collect samples and model contaminant transport (in particular microbial transport) along the coast at Hobie Beach.


Sponaugle, Su

Division: RSMAS, Marine Biology and Fisheries (MBF)
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Relevant Expertise

Recruitment dynamics of reef fishes

Relevant Data

Times-series measurement of settlement of reef fishes and invertebrates, including light trap collections of nearshore plankton; seven year time-series of monthly reef fish recruitment to the upper Florida Keys; detailed otolith data analyzing offshore larval growth of different reef fish larvae (snappers, wrasses, pomacentrids) as well as larvae of pelagic species (billfishes).

Relevant Sampling Capabilities

Light trap sampling, SCUBA-diver benthic surveys and fish collections, otolith analysis.

Ongoing Research Efforts

Our current project on population connectivity of reef fishes in the Florida Keys links offshore ichthyoplankton collections with nearshore late-stage larval collections and benthic juvenile sampling. Our ongoing reef fish recruitment survey in the upper FK is conducted monthly (latest sampling = May 5, 2010).


Sullivan-Sealey, Kathleen

Division: UM, Department of Biology
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Relevant Expertise

Wetlands and coastal community classification and assessment, coastal ecology, environmental impact assessment

Relevant Data

Water quality assessment

Relevant Sampling Capabilities

Benthic ecology, benthic assessment, coastal impacts

Ongoing Research Efforts

Pollution assessment in near shore marine environments in the Bahamas.


Swart, Peter

Division: RSMAS, Marine Geology and Geophysics (MGG)
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Relevant Expertise

Carbon and nitrogen isotopic analysis of organic components

Relevant Data

A long term set of data on the carbon and nitrogen isotopic composition of Florida Bay, Biscayne Bay, and the Florida Reef Tract

Ongoing Research Efforts

Examination of the influence of ocean acidification on coral growth.


Talaue-McManus, Liana

Division: RSMAS, Marine Affairs and Policy (MAF)
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Relevant Expertise

Integrated coastal management, assessment of coastal livelihoods

Relevant Data

Census-based livelihood statistics; marine resource dependency indicators; geographical location of marine resource dependent communities to gauge vulnerability to natural and manmade disasters.

Relevant Sampling Capabilities

Statistical design of household-based livelihood assessment.

Ongoing Research Efforts

Currently involved in global initiative to develop methods for livelihood assessments in large marine ecosystems that are GEF-eligible or where there are current GEF initiatives.


Thomas, Gary

Division: RSMAS, Marine Biology and Fisheries (MBF)
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Relevant Expertise

In Cordova, Alaska, former executive director of the Oil Spill Recovery Institute (OPA90, Title V); incorporated OSRI nowcast-forecast program (1994-2002), into the PWS Ocean Observing System (PWSOOS, 2004-present); US rep member of the Arctic Council EPPR Council, and chair of the Hazardous Substance Spill Response Council (ADEC, Juneau, Alaska); senior scientist at the PWS Science Center; research and development on methods to make precise and accurate measures of marine fish stocks, and assess their damages and recovery from the Exxon Valdez oil spill

Relevant Data

A 17-yr empirical database on the size and location of the adult herring stock in PWS, a 30-yr hindcast data base on the herring stock of PWS, assorted multi-year data bases of fishery-dependent, and independent data on herring in PWS, and assorted and intermittent, some multi-year, data bases on the herring predators in PWS.

Relevant Sampling Capabilities

Underwater acoustic and optics, traditional fisheries methods, design of ecosystem research and development programs.

Ongoing Research Efforts

Long-term recovery of the herring-predator assemblage in Prince William Sound after the Exxon Valdez oil spill.


Tsinoremas, Nick (alternate Joel Zysman)

UM Center for Computational Science (CCS)
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Relevant Expertise

High-end computing, computing resources for rapid modeling and decision support.

Relevant Sampling Capabilities

600 IBM P575+cores, ~5TFlop;

50TB of storage we can make available in a short period of time.

3 FTEs HPC and modeling specialists to assist (not including POC’s), RDBMS (Oracle, MySQL) for data mining and decision support applications; 5,500 Linux cores (if needed, most modeling code will run on the IBM supercomputer), ~40Flops.


Wdowinski, Shimon

Division: RSMAS, Marine Geology and Geophysics (MGG)
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Relevant Expertise

Space-based wetland monitoring using SAR and InSAR observations

Relevant Data

We have a large SAR data set of the Louisiana coast from before the spill that can serve as background measurements.

Relevant Sampling Capabilities

We will need to acquire new, post-spill SAR imagery.

Ongoing Research Efforts

Not at the moment.


Wong, Kaufui Vincent

Dept: UM, CoE, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
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Relevant Expertise

Containment oil blooms

Relevant Data

Participated in the first oil spill burn experiment allowed in North America conducted by Environment Canada, off the coast of Newfoundland. Several M.S. and Ph.D. students graduated in the oil spill area. Many conference and journal papers on oil spills.

My Ph.D. student and I wrote the first oil spill paper that included air pollution for the Scottish spill.

Relevant Sampling Capabilities

None. I am on the response and containment side of the oil spill.

Ongoing Research Efforts

Keeping up with the oil spill literature and efforts in the Gulf Oil Spill.

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