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Arne R. Diercks

University of Southern Mississippi

National Institute for Undersea Science and Technology

1020 Balch Blvd
Stennis Space Center, MS  39529  

arne.diercks@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

NIUST Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Multi-Task Research Proposal

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

Publications & Presentations:

Journal Articles - 7

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.

2015

Chanton, J., Zhao, T., Rosenheim, B. E., Joye, S., Bosman, S., Brunner, C., et al. (2015). Using Natural Abundance Radiocarbon To Trace the Flux of Petrocarbon to the Seafloor Following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Environ. Sci. Technol., 49(2), 847–854.

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.

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.

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 - 26

2017

Chanton, J., Passow, U., Asper, V., Bosman, S., Sweet, J., Rogers, K., et al. (2017). System Recovery and Organic Source Variability: Sinking Particulate Organic Carbon Stable and Radioisotope Time Series at 3 Sites in the Northern Gulf 2010-2014. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2017. New Orleans, LA : 02/06/17-02/09/17.
Diercks, A. R., Asper, V., Ziervogel, K., & Passow, U. (2017). Vertical Abundance of Marine Snow in response to MS River Plume Water. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2017. New Orleans, LA : 02/06/17-02/09/17.
Giering, S. L. C., Sweet, J., Asper, V. A., Diercks, A., Chanton, J. P., Yan, B., et al. (2017). Variability in Sedimentation Dynamics in the Northern Gulf of Mexico Reflect Ecosystem and Foodweb Structure. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2017. New Orleans, LA : 02/06/17-02/09/17.

2016

Johansen, C., Joye, S. B., Diercks, A., Woolsey, M., Silva-Aguilera, M., Shedd, W., et al. (2016). Using Multi-Disciplinary Data to Compile a Hydrocarbon Budget for GC600, a Natural Seep in the Gulf of Mexico. In 2016 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting. San Francisco, CA : 12/12/16-12/16/16.
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.
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.

2014

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. (2013). Ecosystems Impacts of Oil and Gas Inputs to the Gulf – The presence of Marine Snow. In Hamburg Symposium on Deep-Sea Oil Spills. Hamburg, Germany, September 4, 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.
Joye, S., Crespo-Medina, M., Hunter, K., Asper, V., Diercks, A. R., Highsmith, R., et al. (2013). Pelagic methane oxidation in the Northern Gulf of Mexico: Activity patterns before, during, and after the Macondo Blowout. 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.
Woolsey, M., Diercks, A., Jarnagin, R., & Asper, V. (2013). Simulations Operation of Heterogeneous AUVS. In OCEANS '13 MTS/IEEE. San Diego, CA, September 23, 2013.

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., Madieros, P., Benitez-Nelson, C., Moore, W., Montoya, J., et al. (2012). Intense sedimentation to the seafloor following the 2010 Macondo Blowout: geochemical composition, methanisms, and microbial impacts. 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., 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.
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.

2010

Joye, S. B., Diercks, A., Teske, A., & Valentine, D. (2010). Open ocean impacts of the BP Oil Well Blowout. In AGU Fall Meeting. San Francisco, CA December 13-17, 2010.