The Department of Geophysical Sciences at the University of Chicago is hosting Dr. Sturdivant October 11th and 12th, as he discusses careers after graduate school with students, and presents work on macrobenthic recovery after disaster. Specifically, Dr. Sturdivant will present “The untold story of recovery following the Deepwater Horizon incident: A worm’s eye view”, which details how traditional benthic sampling missed the rapid recovery process following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2011, and highlights benthic community resiliency. “Human understanding of the deep-sea benthic environment has always been limited by our ability to sample it,” Sturdivant notes, “as a result, deep-sea benthic ecology has a long history of mischaracterization ([as evidenced by] Edward Forbes’ [superceded] azoic theory).” Dr. Sturdivant hopes this presentation/report using Sediment Profile Imaging serves “as a cautionary example for future deep-sea assessments, especially in areas impacted by anthropogenic activity.”
Christian Science Monitor recently recognized INSPIRE’s participation in the Deepwater Wind Block Island wind farm. In an article highlighting the collaborative effort of fishermen and wind farm developers throughout project implementation, INSPIRE’s trawlers feature as an example of partnership between scientists and stakeholders. INSPIRE worked with local fishermen to design and execute a survey that would assess how offshore wind farm construction and operation affect fish stocks, and we’re grateful to have had the chance!
Marisa Guarinello of INSPIRE Environmental will be presenting the results of INSPIRE’s sediment profile and plan view imaging survey of the Nawiliwili Ocean Dredged Material Disposal Site in Hawai’i at the Western Dredging Association’s Conference in October 2018. Marisa will also briefly cover results from the Kahului and Port Allen sites, which INSPIRE also surveyed for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in October 2017. At the Nawiliwili site, the team had to account for surprising results in seafloor images including large volcanic features and coarse coralline material throughout the site in assessing the dredged material footprint. At the time of site designation in 1981, available low-resolution bathymetric contours depicted a relative uniform seafloor. High resolution bathymetric data from 2017 revealed a large volcanic feature in the southeastern portion of the site that was confirmed with INSPIRE’s imagery.
INSPIRE’s innovative visualization tools were instrumental in interpreting and presenting these confounding variables to allow a clear understanding of features at the Nawiliwili site. In addition to the scope of the initial project, INSPIRE used archival data from 2013 surveys of the South Oahu and Hilo sites to create a complete Popup visualization of all five Hawaiian sites. Integrating all five sites into a single map environment, INSPIRE’s visualization provided crucial conceptual models to describe results of dredged material placement and serve as a valuable communication tool for the EPA as they determine best future uses of all sites and communicate with the public. Marisa is eager to share work on dredging in Hawai’i while actually in Hawai’i, co-authoring the presentation with counterparts from Battelle and the EPA.
Marisa Guarinello will be presenting at the WEDA Pacific Chapter Fall 2018 conference in Honolulu, HI, at the Hilton Waikiki. She will present her talk, “Imagery reveals confounding factors in evaluation of dredged material at the Nawiliwili ODMDS off the coast of Kauai”, during the Wednesday October 24 afternoon session on Environmental/Beneficial Use; she presents on behalf of Allan Ota (US EPA Region 9), Brian Ross (US EPA Region 9), Scott Libby (Battelle), and Drew Carey (INSPIRE). Reach her here to connect before the conference!
INSPIRE Environmental is headed South! We are new collaborators with Harbor Launch, a start-up and small business incubator for science and science support companies. Harbor Launch is connected with the University of Maryland Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology and its network of innovative research scientists. With a dedicated wet lab and co-working office space in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, INSPIRE can now support Deepwater Wind exploration in the mid-Atlantic.
INSPIRE Environmental was featured in Providence Business News (PBN) this week, with a great piece written by Emily Gowdey-Backus. PBN interviewed INSPIRE managing partner Drew Carey, who described the local work that INSPIRE is engaging in right here in Rhode Island.
The INSPIRE team is gearing up for a week of presenting our research and connecting with our clients, colleagues, and friends in New Orleans. We’ll be at the Ninth International Conference on Remediation and Management of Contaminated Sediments, presented by Battelle from Tuesday thru Friday (Jan 10-13).
Dr. S. Kersey Sturdivant will be presenting findings of research undertaken following the Deepwater Horizon accident in the Gulf of Mexico. His talk will take place on Tuesday at 1:50 pm in Grand Ballroom E.
Animal-Sediment Response to and Recovery from the Deepwater Horizon Accident: A Worm’s Eye View.
John Hardin will be presenting in poster group 2 at the Long-Term Monitoring Strategies poster session (A11 #33). John’s poster will be displayed from Wednesday through 7:00 a.m.–Thursday 1:00 p.m. Presentations/Reception Wednesday, 5:45 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
Short- and Long-Term Recovery of Benthic Communities Following Dredge Material Disposal: A Case Study of the LA-3 Dredged Disposal Site.
S.K. Sturdivant, J.D. Germano, D.A. Carey, J. Hardin, and A. Ota. (INSPIRE Environmental/USA)
If you are in New Orleans this week, please get in touch, we’d love to see you!
Those who are interested in learning more about INSPIRE Environmental have another chance to meet our scientists at the Oceanology International Conference 2017, from Feb. 14 – 16 in San Diego, CA. INSPIRE will be exhibiting a booth and Dr. Drew A. Carey will present a talk on the importance data visualization.
INSPIRE is in the news again this week with another great piece by Ambar Espinoza and Elizabeth Harrison of Rhode Island Public Radio telling the story of early environmental results from the construction of Deepwater Wind’s Block Island Wind Farm. Features Professors Jim Miller and Bob Kenney of URI Graduate School of Oceanography and INSPIRE’s very own Jeanine Boyle. This marks the second time this week that our company has been featured in reports by Rhode Island Public Radio.
Deepwater Wind contracted Rhode Island-based INSPIRE Environmental to conduct a range of environmental assessments that helped secure permits to build the Block Island Wind and the underwater cable. Much of this work continues as the Block Island Wind Farm moves into its next phase of producing electricity.
Rhode Island Public Radio reporter Ambar Espinoza recently joined INSPIRE scientists on one of our monthly fish-trawl surveys in the vicinity of Block Island Wind Farm. Read all about the great work that INSPIRE is performing for the nation’s first offshore wind turbine array.
The nation’s first offshore wind farm off the coast of Block Island will start producing electricity any day now. It’s a pilot project that will change the way the people on this small island power their homes and businesses. They’ve relied on importing diesel fuel up to this point.Today we bring you a story about another group that has a stake in this project: fishermen. A small crew of fishermen has been working with scientists to gather data and learn how fishing will or won’t change around the wind turbines.
Drew will be speaking at Oceanology International from 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm on Feb. 14, 2017.
Voyage to See What’s on the Bottom: Transforming Ocean Data into Accessible Information
Drew is Managing Partner at Inspire Environmental, in Newport RI. He is a recognized expert in the fields of benthic ecology, sedimentology, and environmental monitoring. Throughout his 35+ year career in applied science, he has advanced technologies and procedures to better visualize and communicate the health of the seafloor. With the goal to “Make marine science understandable,” INSPIRE’s team of scientists and technical specialists conduct seafloor surveys worldwide using technology that allows less disruptive sampling, more accurate interpretation, and more accessible presentation. The team has developed immersive displays that guide viewers through a data-rich, virtual journey of the seafloor.
Find more information about Dr. Carey’s talk here: