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Biology Highlights - 2013
National Ocean Partnership Program - Award!
On Monday, October 15, USGS scientists Drs. Amanda Demopoulos, Christina Kellogg, Cheryl Morrison, and Nancy Prouty will be among those honored by the National Oceanographic Partnership Program (NOPP) for its Excellence in Partnering Award. The winning research expedition, "Rigs, Reefs, and Wrecks" was led by Dr. Charles Fisher of Penn State University, a BOEM contractor who works with the Lophelia II research program (http://fl.biology.usgs.gov/DISCOVRE/gom.html), a partnership among USGS, NOAA, BOEM, and others. The annual award is bestowed upon the expedition for their "exceptionally diverse partnerships, which include scientists, graduate students, technicians, public outreach professionals, and industry specialists from a very broad spectrum of ocean sciences ranging from Federal regulating agency scientists to academic scientists to industry partners." The expedition's scientific accomplishments included the first visit to actively producing oil platforms to study deep sea organisms and ecosystems found there and the discovery of Lophelia coral at greater depths than previously documented in the Gulf of Mexico. USGS studies focused on animal communities living in and around the sea floor, genetic diversity, and coral-associated microbes within both natural deep-sea coral habitats and those on artificial structures.
Science in Support of Sturgeon Recovery
The Suwannee River is home to Florida’s largest population of Gulf sturgeon, a large federally threatened fish that can be seen jumping in the river during summer months. USGS biologists are working on a population census with support from NOAA. Sturgeon are being tagged, measured, and weighed to determine mortality and reproduction rates as part of the Gulf sturgeon population recovery plan. MyFWC YouTube Video