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Vernon L. Asper

University of Southern Mississippi

Division of Marine Science

1020 Balch Blvd.
Stennis Space Center
MS  39529  

vernon.asper@usm.edu

Project List:

Ecosystem Impacts of Oil and Gas Inputs to the Gulf-2 (ECOGIG-2)

Year 5-7 Consortia Grants (RFP-IV)Role: Co-Principal Investigator

Ecosystem Impacts of Oil and Gas Inputs to the Gulf (ECOGIG)

Year 2-4 Consortia Grants (RFP-I)Role: Co-Principal Investigator, Task Co-Lead

A Comprehensive Assessment of Oil Distribution, Transport, Fate and Impacts on Ecosystems and the Deepwater Horizon Oil Release

Year One Block Grant - The Northern Gulf InstituteRole: Task Co-Lead

NIUST Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Multi-Task Research Proposal

Year One Block Grant - The Northern Gulf InstituteRole: Co-Principal Investigator, Task Lead, Task Data Contact

Responses of Benthic Communities and Sedimentary Dynamics to Hydrocarbon Exposure in Neritic and Bathyal Ecosystems: Phase II

Year One Block Grant - The Northern Gulf InstituteRole: Co-Principal Investigator

Publications & Presentations:

Journal Articles - 8

2016

Conti, A., D'Emidio, M., Macelloni, L., Lutken, C., Asper, V., Woolsey, M., et al. (2016). Morpho-acoustic characterization of natural seepage features near the Macondo Wellhead (ECOGIG site OC26, Gulf of Mexico). Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, 129, 53–65.
Yan, B., Passow, U., Chanton, J. P., Nöthig, E., Asper, V., Sweet, J., et al. (2016). Sustained deposition of contaminants from the Deepwater Horizon spill. PNAS, 113(24), E3332–E3340.
Ziervogel, K., Dike, C., Asper, V., Montoya, J., Battles, J., D'souza, N., et al. (2016). Enhanced particle fluxes and heterotrophic bacterial activities in Gulf of Mexico bottom waters following storm-induced sediment resuspension. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, 129, 77–88.

2014

Crespo-Medina, M., Meile, C. D., Hunter, K. S., Diercks, A. - R., Asper, V. L., Orphan, V. J., et al. (2014). The rise and fall of methanotrophy following a deepwater oil-well blowout. Nature Geosci, 7(6), 423–427.

2013

Zhou, Z., Guo, L., Shiller, A. M., Lohrenz, S. E., Asper, V. L., & Osburn, C. L. (2013). Characterization of oil components from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico using fluorescence EEM techniques. Marine Chemistry, 148, 10–21.

2012

Passow, U., Ziervogel, K., Asper, V., & Diercks, A. (2012). Marine snow formation in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Environmental Research letters, 7(35301), 1–11.

2011

Joye, S. B., MacDonald, I. R., Leifer, I., & Asper, V. (2011). Magnitude and oxidation potential of hydrocarbon gases released from the BP oil well blowout. Nature Geoscience, 4(3), 160–164.

2010

Diercks, A. R., Highsmith, R. C., Asper, V. L., Joung, D. J., Zhou, Z., Guo, L., et al. (2010). Characterization of subsurface polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons at the Deepwater Horizon site. Geophysical Research Letters, 37(20).

Book Chapter - 1

2011

Wade, T. L., Sweet, S. T., Sericano, J. L., Guinasso Jr, N. L., Diercks, A. R., Highsmith, R. C., et al. (2011). Analyses of Water Samples From the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Documentation of the Subsurface Plume. In Monitoring and Modeling the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: A Record-Breaking Enterprise (pp. 77–82). Geophysical Monograph Series, 195. Washington, D.C.: AGU.

Conference Presentations - 25

2016

Chanton, J., Patterson, W., Barnett, B., Tarnecki, J., Bosman, S., Mickle, A., et al. (2016). Isotopic Tracers: Documenting Ecosystem Effects of the DWH Oil Spill. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2016. Tampa, FL : 02/01/16-02/04/16.
Joye, S. B., Passow, U., Montoya, J. M., Asper, V., Harrison, S. J., Sibert, R. M., et al. (2016). Sedimentation of oil-derived material to the seabed is an unrecognized fate for oil derived from natural seepage. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2016. Tampa, FL : 02/01/16-02/04/16.
Joye, S. B., Passow, U., Montoya, J. M., Asper, V., Harrison, S. J., Sibert, R. M., et al. (2016). Sedimentation of oil-derived material to the seabed is an unrecognized fate for oil derived from natural seepage. In Ocean Sciences Meeting 2016. New Orleans, LA : 02/21/16-02/26/16.
Ziervogel, K., Diercks, A., Joye, S. B., Arnosti, C., Passow, U., Montoya, J. P. A. 7:A. 50., et al. (2016). Storm-induced sediment resuspension affects particle flux and bacterial activities in the deep Gulf of Mexico. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science Conference 2016. Tampa, FL : 02/01/16-02/07/16: Poster.

2015

Joye, S., Passow, U., Medeiros, P., Sibert, R., Yang, T., Asper, V., et al. (2015). Rapid sedimentation, resuspension and redistribution of hydrocarbons in the wake of the Macondo Blowout. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2015. Houston, TX : 02/16/15-02/19/15.

2014

Chanton, J., Zhao, T., Cherrier, J., Joye, S., Hollander, D., Brunner, C., et al. (2014). A radiocarbon-based determination of the flux of oil to the seafloor. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2014. Mobile, AL: 01/26/14-01/30/14: Poster.
Diercks, A. R., Asper, V., Jarnagin, R., Woolsey, M., D'Emidio, M., Tidwell, S., et al. (2014). Deep Sea Hydrocarbon Seep Surveys using AUVs. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2014. Mobile, AL: 01/26/14-01/30/14.
Dike, C., Asper, V., Diercks, A., & Passow, U. (2014). Settling Velocity Of Marine Snow At A Seep Site And A Spill Site In The Northern Gulf Of Mexico. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2014. Mobile, AL: 01/26/14-01/30/14: Poster.
Passow, U., Yan, B., Chanton, J., Nathig, E., Sweet, J., Pak, D., et al. (2014). Large Sedimentation Events after the Deep Water Horizon Spill. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2014. Mobile, AL: 01/26/14-01/30/14.

2013

Asper, V. L., Passow, U., & Diercks, A. (2013). Settling Velocity of Marine Snow aggregates near the sea floor at the Macondo Well site. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2013. New Orleans, LA: 01/21/2013-01/23/2013: Poster.
Asper, V. L., Passow, U., Diercks, A., & Dike, C. (2013). Settling Velocity of Marine Snow aggregates near the sea floor at the Macondo Well site. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2013. New Orleans, LA: 01/21/2013-01/23/2013.
Diercks, A., Asper, V., Woolsey, M., & Jarnagin, R. (2013). Site Reconnaissance Surveys for Oil Spill Research using Deep-sea AUVS. In OCEANS '13 MTS/IEEE. San Diego, CA, September 23, 2013.
Diercks, A. R., Jarnagin, R., Woolsey, M., Asper, V. L., & Dike, C. (2013). AUV Sub Sea Surveys. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2013. New Orleans, LA: 01/21/2013-01/23/2013.
MacGregor, B. J., Passow, U., Asper, V., & Diercks, A. (2013). Stable carbon isotopes of ribosomal RNA as a tracer for microbial growth substrates: First data from Gulf of Mexico sediment traps. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2013. New Orleans, LA: 01/21/2013-01/23/2013: Poster.

2012

Crespo-Medina, M., Vossmeyer, A., Hunter, K., Battles, J. J., Montoya, J. P., Asper, V., et al. (2012). Water column methane dynamics in response to the Deepwater Horizon hydrocarbon spill. In Ocean Sciences Meeting 2012. Salt Lake City, UT: 02/19/12-02/24/12.
Joye, S. B., Crespo-Medina, M., Medeiros, P., Benitez-Nelson, C., Moore, W., Montoya, J. P., et al. (2012). Intense sedimentation on the seafloor following the 2010 Macondo blowout: Geochemical composition, mechanisms, and microbial impacts. In Ocean Sciences Meeting 2012. Salt Lake City, UT: 02/19/12-02/24/12: Poster.

2011

Crespo-Medina, M., Slaughter, J., Vossmeyer, A., Montoya, J. P., Subramaniam, A., Asper, V., et al. (2011). Patterns of Water Column Aerobic Methane Oxidation Rates in Response to the Deepwater Horizon Blowout. In American Society of Limnology. San Juan, Puerto Rico, February 13-18, 2011.
Joye, S. B., Crespo-Medina*, M., Hunter, K., Vossmeyer, A., Bowles, M., Asper, V. L., et al. (2011). The Microbial Slime Highway: An efficient mechanism of oil transport to the benthos and consequences on microbial dynamics in Deep Gulf of Mexico Environments. In American Society of Limnology. San Juan, Puerto Rico : 02/13/11-02/18/11.
Joye, S. B., Crespo-Medina, M., Vossmeyer, A., Hunter, K. S., Meile, C. D., Diercks, A. R., et al. (2011). Evolution of water column methane cycling after the 2010 Gulf BP oil well blowout. In American Society for Microbiology Meeting. New Orleans, LA, May 21-24, 2011.
Leifer, I., Rehder, G. J., Solomon, E. A., Kastner, M., Asper, V. L., & Joye, S. B. (2011). Methane rising from the deep: Hydrates, bubbles, oil spills and global warming. In AGU Fall Meeting. San Francisco, CA December 5-19 2011.
Louchouarn, P., Yeager, K. M., Brunner, C. A., Briggs, K. B., Guo, L., Asper, V. L., et al. (2011). Deepwater horizon: Coastal ocean to marsh margin sediment impacts. In American Chemical Society Meeting. Anaheim, CA, March 27-31, 2011.
Montoya, J. P., Subramaniam, A., Asper, V., Diercks, A., Passow, U., Crepo-Medina, M., et al. (2011). Deepwater Horizon oil and pelagic foodwebs in the Northern Gulf of Mexico. In Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation Conference. Daytona Beach, FL, November 6-10, 2011.
Montoya, J. P., Subramaniam, A., Asper, V. L., Diercks, A., Passow, U., Crespo-Medina*, M., et al. (2011). Subsurface turbid layers in the Gulf of Mexico: Ghosts of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. In American Society of Limnology. San Juan, Puerto Rico, February 13-18, 2011.
Yeager, K. M., Brunner, C. A., Briggs, K. B., Louchouarn, P., Guo, L., Asper, V., et al. (2011). Deepwater Horizon: Coastal ocean to marsh margin sedimentary impacts. In American Association of Petroleum Geologists Annual Convention and Exhibition. Houston, TX April 10-13, 2011.

2010

Wade, T. L., Sweet, S. T., Sericano, J. L., Guinasso, N. L., Lohrenz, S. E., Shiller, A. M., et al. (2010). 2010 Documentation of Sub-Surface Oil Plume by Analyses of Toxic PAH in Water Samples from the Deep Water Horizon Oil Spill. In Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) Meeting. Portland, OR, November 7-11, 2010.