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Ian MacDonald

Florida State University

Department of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Science

1017 Academic Way
PO Box 3064520
Tallahassee , FL  32306  

imacdonald@fsu.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

Deepsea to Coast Connectivity in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico (DEEP-C)

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

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

Coast Watch: Remote Sensing and Verification Sampling of Oil Spill Impact on Florida Coast

Year One Block Grant - Florida Institute of OceanographyRole: Principal Investigator, Project Data Point of Contact

Impact of Crude Oil on Coastal and Ocean Environments of the West Florida Shelf and Big Bend Region from the Shoreline to the Continental Shelf Edge

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

Publications & Presentations:

Journal Articles - 15

2017

Daneshgar Asl, S., Dukhovskoy, D. S., Bourassa, M., & MacDonald, I. R. (2017). Hindcast modeling of oil slick persistence from natural seeps. Remote Sensing of Environment, 189, 96–107.
Johansen, C., Todd, A. C., & MacDonald, I. R. (2017). Time series video analysis of bubble release processes at natural hydrocarbon seeps in the Northern Gulf of Mexico. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 82, 21–34.

2016

D'souza, N. A., Subramaniam, A., Juhl, A. R., Hafez, M., Chekalyuk, A., Phan, S., et al. (2016). Elevated surface chlorophyll associated with natural oil seeps in the Gulf of Mexico. Nature Geosci, 9(3), 215–218.
Daneshgar Asl, S., Amos, J., Woods, P., Garcia-Pineda, O., & MacDonald, I. R. (2016). Chronic, Angthopogenic Hydrocarbon Discharges in the Gulf of Mexico. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, 129, 187–195.
Garcia-Pineda, O., MacDonald, I., Silva, M., Shedd, W., Daneshgar Asl, S., & Schumaker, B. (2016). Transience and persistence of natural hydrocarbon seepage in Mississippi Canyon, Gulf of Mexico. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, 129, 119–129.
Joye, S. B., Bracco, A., Özgökmen, T. M., Chanton, J. P., Grosell, M., MacDonald, I. R., et al. (2016). The Gulf of Mexico ecosystem, six years after the Macondo oil well blowout. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, 129, 4–19.
Silva, M., Etnoyer, P. J., & MacDonald, I. R. (2016). Coral injuries observed at Mesophotic Reefs after the Deepwater Horizon oil discharge. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, 129, 96–107.
White, H. K., Conmy, R. N., MacDonald, I. R., & Reddy, C. M. (2016). Methods of Oil Detection in response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Oceanog, 29(3), 76–87.

2015

MacDonald, I. R., Garcia-Pineda, O., Beet, A., Daneshgar Asl, S., Feng, L., Graettinger, G., et al. (2015). Natural and unnatural oil slicks in the Gulf of Mexico. J. Geophys. Res. Oceans, 120(12), 8364–8380.

2014

Lapham, L. L., Wilson, R. M., MacDonald, I. R., & Chanton, J. P. (2014). Gas hydrate dissolution rates quantified with laboratory and seafloor experiments. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 125, 492–503.
MacDonald, I. R., Kammen, D. M., & Fan, M. (2014). Science in the aftermath: investigations of the DWH hydrocarbon discharge. Environ. Res. Lett., 9(12), 125006.

2013

Garcia-Pineda, O., MacDonald, I., Hu, C., Svejkovsky, J., Hess, M., Dukhovskoy, D., et al. (2013). Detection of Floating Oil Anomalies From the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill With Synthetic Aperture Radar. Oceanography, 26(2), 124–137.
Garcia-Pineda, O., MacDonald, I. R., Li, X., Jackson, C. R., & Pichel, W. G. (2013). Oil Spill Mapping and Measurement in the Gulf of Mexico With Textural Classifier Neural Network Algorithm (TCNNA). IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, 6(6), 2517–2525.
Peterson, R. N., Viso, R. F., MacDonald, I. R., & Joye, S. B. (2013). On the utility of radium isotopes as tracers of hydrocarbon discharge. Marine Chemistry, 156, 98–107.

2010

Joye, S., & MacDonald, I. (2010). Offshore oceanic impacts from the BP oil spill. Nature Geosci, 3(7), 446.

Conference Presentations - 46

2017

Cory, A. B., Shedd, W., & MacDonald, I. R. (2017). Ecological and Geophysical signatures of natural hydrocarbon seep sites in the Gulf of Mexico: A descriptive overview of sites GC600, GC574, GC857, and GC767. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2017. New Orleans, LA : 02/06/17-02/09/17: Poster.
MacDonald, I. R., & Silva, M. (2017). Recovery watch for mesophotic corals of the Pinnacle Trend. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2017. New Orleans, LA : 02/06/17-02/09/17.

2016

Johansen, C., & MacDonald, I. (2016). Hydrocarbon Migration from the Micro to Macro Scale in the Gulf of Mexico. In Ocean Sciences Meeting 2016. New Orleans, LA : 02/21/16-02/26/16: Poster.
MacDonald, I. G., & Asl, S. D. (2016). Volume and Area Time Series of DWH Surface Oil: Comparison of modeling and remote sensing results. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science Conference 2016. Tampa, FL : 02/01/16-02/07/16: Poster.

2015

D'souza, N., Juhl, A., Subramaniam, A., Hafez, M., Chekalyuk, A., Phan, S., et al. (2015). Why Is Chlorophyll Elevated Near Natural Seeps In The Gulf Of Mexico? Evidence For Bottom-Up, And Top-Down Controls On Planktonic Microbes. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2015. Houston, TX : 02/16/15-02/19/15.
Dukhovskoy, D., Garcia, O., MacDonald, I., Morey, S., & Ubnoske, J. (2015). Topological Approach for Objective Evaluation of Surface Oil Drift Simulation. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2015. Houston, TX : 02/16/15-02/19/15: Poster.
Etnoyer, P. J., MacDonald, I. R., Wickes, L. N., Dubick, J. D., Salgado, E., & Balthis, L. (2015). Decline In Condition Of Sea Fans On Mesophotic Reefs In The Northern Gulf Of Mexico Before And After Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2015. Houston, TX : 02/16/15-02/19/15.
Garcia Pineda, O., Staples, G., Bannerman, K., & MacDonald, I. (2015). Detection of Oil Thickness Signatures in Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) and Hyperspectral Satellite Imagery. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2015. Houston, TX : 02/16/15-02/19/15: Poster.
Garcia Pineda, O. M., MacDonald, I., Shedd, W., & Silva, M. (2015). Transience and Persistence of Natural Hydrocarbon Seepage in Mississippi Canyon, Gulf of Mexico. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2015. Houston, TX : 02/16/15-02/19/15: Poster.
Johansen, C., Todd, A. C., Silva, M., Shedd, W., & MacDonald, I. R. (2015). Variability and quantification of oil and gas bubble release from natural seeps in the Gulf of Mexico. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2015. Houston, TX : 02/16/15-02/19/15.
MacDonald, I. R., Garcia, O., Huffer, F., French-McCay, D., Solow, A., Beet, A., et al. (2015). A Comprehensive Time-Series of Surface Oil During DWH. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2015. Houston, TX : 02/16/15-02/19/15.
Martens, C. S., Mendlovitz, H., Seim, H., Lapham, L., Magen, C., MacDonald, I., et al. (2015). Tracing Methane Friction Layer Maxima and Plumes from Natural Hydrocarbon Seeps in Deep Waters of the Northern Gulf of Mexico. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2015. Houston, TX : 02/16/15-02/19/15.
Morey, S. L., Dukhovskoy, D. S., Hiester, H., Garcia-Pineda, O., & MacDonald, I. (2015). Application of a topological metric for assessing numerical ocean models with satellite observations, 2015 AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco. In 2015 AGU Fall Meeting. San Francisco, CA : 12/12/15-12/16/15.
Silva-Aguilera, M. G., Etnoyer, P., & MacDonald, I. (2015). Coral injuries observed at Mesophotic Coral Communities following the Deepwater Horizon oil discharge. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2015. Houston, TX : 02/16/15-02/19/15.
Silva-Aguilera, M. G., Etnoyer, P., & MacDonald, I. (2015). Monitoring Recovery of Mesophotic Corals: 2011-2014. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2015. Houston, TX : 02/16/15-02/19/15: Poster.

2014

D'souza, N., Subramaniam, A., Juhl, A., Hafez, M., Chekalyuk, A., Yan, B., et al. (2014). Multiple lines of evidence for elevated phytoplankton pigments near natural oil seeps 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.
Locker, S., Wienders, N., MacDonald, I., Speer, K., & Hamilton, P. (2014). Relationships Between Shelf-Break Geomorphoology, Sediment Accumulation and Circulation, Northeastern Gulf of Mexico. In Ocean Sciences Meeting 2014. Honolulu, HI : 02/23/14-02/28/14: Poster.
Locker, S., Wienders, N., MacDonald, I., Speer, K., Hamilton, P., Weisberg, R., et al. (2014). Interaction Between Geomorphology, Sedimentary Processes, And Circulation – Northeastern Gulf Of Mexico. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2014. Mobile, AL: 01/26/14-01/30/14: Poster.
Locker, S., Wienders, N., Speer, K., Hamilton, P., & MacDonald, I. (2014). Relationships between shelf-break geomorphology, sediment accumulation and circulation, Northeastern Gulf of Mexico. In Ocean Sciences Meeting 2014. Honolulu, HI : 02/23/14-02/28/14: Poster.
MacDonald, I. R., Garcia-Pineda, O., Silva, M., Johansen, C., Reddy, C., & Shedd, W. (2014). Post-Accident Discharge Forensics at the Deepwater Horizon Site, Gulf of Mexico. In Gas in Marine Sediments – 12th International Conference. Taipei, Taiwan : 9/1/14-9/6/14.
MacDonald, I. R., Johansen, C., Silva, M., Daneshgar, S., Garcia, O., & Shedd, W. (2014). Short- and Long-Term Dynamics of Gas Hydrate at GC600: A Gulf of Mexico Hydrocarbon Seep. In AGU Fall Meeting 2014. San Francisco, CA : 12/15/2014-12/19/2014.

2013

Daneshgar Asl, S., Amos, J. F., Woods, P., Garcia-Pineda, O. G., & MacDonald, I. R. (2013). Chronic, Anthropogenic Hydrocarbon Releases in the Gulf of Mexico. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2013. New Orleans, LA: 01/21/2013-01/23/2013.
Dukhovskoy D.S., Garcia-Peneda, O., MacDonald, I., Morey S., Ubnoske, J., Reed, M., et al. (2013). Objective evaluation of surface oil drift simulation using SAR imagery. In International Conference on Estuarine and Coastal Ocean Modeling. San Diego, CA, November 4 - 6, 2013.
Garcia-Pineda, O. G., & MacDonald, I. R. (2013). Analysis of the BP Oil Spill Deep Water Horizon Extent Using Synthetic Aperture Radar Satellite Imagery. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2013. New Orleans, LA: 01/21/2013-01/23/2013.
Johansen, C., Shedd, W., Abichou, T., Garcia-Pineda, O. G., Silva, M., & MacDonald, I. R. (2013). Dynamics of hydrocarbon vents: Focus on primary porosity. In Ocean Sciences Meeting 2013. New Orleans, LA : 02/17/13-02/22/2013.
Johansen, C., Shedd, W., Abichou, T., Garcia-Pineda, O. G., Silva, M., & MacDonald, I. R. (2013). Dynamics of hydrocarbon vents: Focus on primary porosity. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2013. New Orleans, LA: 01/21/2013-01/23/2013.
MacDonald, I. R. (2013). Surface oil drift rates estimated from natural seeps. In Ocean Sciences Meeting 2013. New Orleans, LA : 02/17/13-02/22/2013.
MacDonald, I. R. (2013). Surface oil drift rates estimated from natural seeps. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2013. New Orleans, LA: 01/21/2013-01/23/2013.
MacDonald, I. R., & Lazaravich, P. (2013). Preliminary Results Of Photographic Survey Of Desoto Canyon. In Ocean Sciences Meeting 2013. New Orleans, LA : 02/17/13-02/22/2013: Poster.
MacDonald, I. R., Garcia-Pineda, O., Solow, A. R., Graettinger, G., Daneshgar Asl, S., & Beet A. (2013). A Time-Series of Surface Oil Distribution Detected by Satellite SAR During the Deepwater Horizon Blowout. In AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA.  San Francisco, CA, December 9 - 13, 2013.
MacDonald, I. R., Garcia-Pineda, O., Solow, A. R., Graettinger, G., Daneshgar Asl, S., & Beet, A. (2013). A Time-Series of Surface Oil Distribution Detected by Satellite SAR During the Deepwater Horizon Blowout. In AGU Fall Meeting. San Francisco, CA, December 9, 2013.
MacDonald, I. R., Howarth, E., & Lazaravich, P. (2013). Preliminary Results of Photographic Survey of DeSoto Canyon. In Ocean Sciences Meeting 2013. New Orleans, LA : 02/17/13-02/22/2013.
Silva, M., MacDonald, I. R., & Sulak, K. (2013). Post-spill assessment of mesophotic reef communities. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2013. New Orleans, LA: 01/21/2013-01/23/2013: Poster.

2012

Daneshgar Asl, S., Amos, J., Woods, P., Garcia-Pineda, O., & MacDonald, I. R. (2012). Chronic, Anthropogenic Hydrocarbon Releases in the Gulf of Mexico. In AGU Annual Meeting. San Francisco, CA, December 6, 2012: Poster.
Garcia-Pineda, O., MacDonald, I., & Morey, S. (2012). Remote Sensing Overview of BP Oil Discharge from Satellite SAR Data. In Ocean Sciences Meeting 2012. Salt Lake City, UT: 02/19/12-02/24/12: Poster.
Johansen, C., Shedd, W., Abichou, T., Garcia-Pineda, O., Silva, M., & MacDonald, I. R. (2012). Dynamics of hydrocarbon vents: Focus on primary porosity. In AGU Annual Meeting. San Francisco, CA, December 6, 2012: Poster.
Kostka, J., Huettel, M., MacDonald, I., & Joye, S. (2012). Chairs, Session 78: The Fate of Discharged Hydrocarbons from the Macondo Reservoir and the Impacts to Gulf Ecosystems. In Ocean Sciences Meeting 2012. Salt Lake City, UT: 02/19/12-02/24/12.
MacDonald, I. (2012). Fate and Effect of the Macondo Hydrocarbon Discharge. In Ocean Sciences Meeting 2012. Salt Lake City, UT: 02/19/12-02/24/12.
MacDonald, I. R. (2012). The Fate of Discharged Hydrocarbons from the Macondo Reservoir and the Impacts to Gulf Ecosystems. In Ocean Sciences Meeting 2012. Salt Lake City, UT: 02/19/12-02/24/12.
MacDonald, I. R., Garcia-Pineda, O., & Morey, S. (2012). Comparison of natural and unnatural oil sources in the surface waters of the Gulf of Mexico detected by satellite remote sensing. In American Chemical Society Meeting. San Diego, CA, March 25-29, 2012.
MacDonald, I. R., Reagan, M. T., Guinasso, N. L., & Garcia-Pineda, O. (2012). Basin-Wide Temperature Constraints On Gas Hydrate Stability In The Gulf Of Mexico. In AGU Annual Meeting. San Francisco, CA, December 6, 2012.
Peterson, R. N., Viso, R. F., MacDonald, I. R., & Joye, S. B. (2012). Continued Fluid Discharge Near the Macondo Wellhead. In Ocean Sciences Meeting 2012. Salt Lake City, UT: 02/19/12-02/24/12: Poster.

2011

Garcia-Pineda, O., MacDonald, I. R., & Moorey, S. (2011). Remote sensing overview of BP oil discharge from satellite SAR data. In AGU Fall Meeting. San Francisco, CA, December 5-9, 2011.
MacDonald, I. R., Garcia-Pineda, O., & Morey, S. (2011). Natural and Unnatural oil in the Gulf of Mexico. In AGU Fall Meeting. San Francisco, CA, December 5-9, 2011.
MacDonald, I. R., Garcia-Pineda, O., & Morey, S. (2011). Natural and Unnatural oil layers on the surface of the Gulf of Mexico detected and quantified in synthetic aperture RADAR images with texture classifying neural network algorithms. (OS34A). In AGU Fall Meeting. San Francisco, CA, December 5-9, 2011.
Morey, S., Dukhovskoy, D., Chassignet, E., MacDonald, I., & Garcia, O. (2011). Objective evaluation of oil spill models using SAR imagery. In AGU/ASLO Ocean Sciences Meeting. San Juan, Puerto Rico, February 13-18, 2011.