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Joseph P. Montoya

Georgia Institute of Technology

Department of Biology

310 Ferst Drive
Atlanta, GA  30332   

montoya@gatech.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, Task Lead

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

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

Publications & Presentations:

Journal Articles - 9

2016

Cardona, Y., Bracco, A., Villareal, T. A., Subramaniam, A., Weber, S. C., & Montoya, J. P. (2016). Highly variable nutrient concentrations in the Northern Gulf of Mexico. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, 129, 20–30.
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.
Fernández-Carrera, A., Rogers, K. L., Weber, S. C., Chanton, J. P., & Montoya, J. P. (2016). Deep Water Horizon oil and methane carbon entered the food web in the Gulf of Mexico: Deep Water Horizon oil and methane carbon. Limnol. Oceanogr., 61(S1), S387–S400.
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.
Weber, S. C., Battles, J. J., Peterson, L., Roberts, B. J., Peterson, R. N., Hollander, D. J., et al. (2016). Hercules 265 Rapid Response: Immediate ecosystem impacts of a natural gas blowout incident. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, 129, 66–76.
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.
Ziervogel, K., Osburn, C., Brym, A., Battles, J., Joye, S., D'souza, N., et al. (2016). Linking Heterotrophic Microbial Activities with Particle Characteristics in Waters of the Mississippi River Delta in the Aftermath of Hurricane Isaac. Front. Mar. Sci., 3(8), 1–12.

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.
Joye, S. B., Montoya, J. P., Murawski, S. A., Özgökmen, T. M., Wade, T. L., Montuoro, R., et al. (2014). A Rapid Response Study of the Hercules Gas Well Blowout. Eos Trans. AGU, 95(38), 341–342.

Conference Presentations - 58

2017

Clavere-Graciette, A., Lee-Patterson, D. A. O., & Montoya, J. P. (2017). Contribution of petrocarbon to pelagic food webs in the Gulf of Mexico. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2017. New Orleans, LA : 02/06/17-02/09/17: Poster.
Juhl, A. R., Subramaniam, A., & Montoya, J. P. (2017). Interactions between bacterial breakdown of oil, oxygen consumption and macronutrient availability in the offshore Gulf of Mexico. In ASLO 2017 Aquatic Sciences Meeting. Honolulu, HI : 02/26/17-03/03/17: Poster.
Montoya, J. P., Weber, S. C., Vogts, A., & Voss, M. (2017). NanoSIMS characterization of Methane Assimilation and N2-fixation in Response to Oil and Gas Release in Offshore Waters. In ASLO 2017 Aquatic Sciences Meeting. Honolulu, HI : 02/26/17-03/03/17.
Montoya, J. P., Weber, S. C., Vogts, A., & Voss, M. (2017). NanoSIMS characterization of Methane Assimilation and N2-fixation in Response to Oil and Gas Release in Offshore Waters. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2017. New Orleans, LA : 02/06/17-02/09/17.
Rogers, K., Montoya, J. P., Weber, S., Bosman, S., Rosenheim, B., & Chanton, J. (2017). The temporal evolution of sediments and suspended particulate carbon following a massive oil spill in the northern Gulf of Mexico: 2010-2015. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2017. New Orleans, LA : 02/06/17-02/09/17.
Subramaniam, A., Juhl, A., Bracco, A., & Montoya, J. P. (2017). Remote Sensing Phytoplankton Functional Types in the Northern Gulf of Mexico. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2017. New Orleans, LA : 02/06/17-02/09/17: Poster.
Subramaniam, A., Juhl, A., Bracco, A., & Montoya, J. P. (2017). Remote Sensing Phytoplankton Functional Types in the Northern Gulf of Mexico: Fact or Fiction. In ASLO 2017 Aquatic Sciences Meeting. Honolulu, HI : 02/26/17-03/03/17: Poster.
Thurnherr, A., & Montoya, J. P. (2017). LADCP Observations During ECOGIG Cruise EN586. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2017. New Orleans, LA : 02/06/17-02/09/17: Poster.

2016

Chanton, J., Passow, U., Bosman, S., Rogers, K., Hollander, D. J., & Montoya, J. (2016). Tracers in the Gulf: Tracing the Deepwather Horizon Oil Spill with Isotopic Analysis. In Florida American Chemical Society Meeting. Clearwater, FL : 05/05/16-05/07/16.
Chanton, J., Passow, U., Rogers, K., Montoya, J., Hollander, D. J., & Bosman, S. (2016). Tracers in the Gulf: Tracking the petrocarbon released from oil spills in the Gulf of Mexico with natural abundance radiocarbon. In American Society of Limnology and Oceanography Summer Meeting. Santa Fe, NM : 06/05/16-06/10/16.
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.
Clavere-Graciette, A., Lee-Patterson, D. A. O., & Montoya, J. P. (2016). Assessing Hydrocarbon Incorporation into the Planktonic Food Web at Cold Seeps. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science Conference 2016. Tampa, FL : 02/01/16-02/07/16: Poster.
D'Souza, N., Weber, S. C., Subramaniam, A., Juhl, A., & Montoya, J. P. (2016). Changes in Phytoplankton Communities in Response to Oil and Nutrients in the Northern Gulf of Mexico. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science Conference 2016. Tampa, FL : 02/01/16-02/07/16: Poster.
D'Souza, N., Weber, S. W., Subramaniam, A., Juhl, A., Montoya, J. P., & Chanton, J. P. (2016). Changes in Microbial and Phytoplankton Communities in Response to Oil and Nutrients in the Northern Gulf of Mexico: Correlating Experiments With Field Observations. In Ocean Sciences Meeting 2016. New Orleans, LA : 02/21/16-02/26/16: Poster.
Fernandez A., Clavere-Graciette, A., Weber S.C., Jolley, K., Lee-Patterson, D. A. O., & Montoya, J. P. (2016). Carbon and nitrogen stable isotopes in plankton in Mississippi Canyon MC118 from 2010 to 2012: insights into nutrient sources. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science Conference 2016. Tampa, FL : 02/01/16-02/07/16.
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.
Montoya, J. P., Weber, S. C., Vogts, A., Voss, M., Saxton, M., & Joye, S. B. (2016). Deepwater Nitrogen Fixation: Who's Doing it, Where, and Why? In Ocean Sciences Meeting 2016. New Orleans, LA : 02/21/16-02/26/16.
Montoya, J. P., Weber, S. C., Vogts, A., Voss, M., Saxton, M., & Joye, S. B. (2016). Hydrocarbons and Deepwater Nitrogen Fixation: Who's Doing It, Where, and Why. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science Conference 2016. Tampa, FL : 02/01/16-02/07/16.
Subramaniam, A., Juhl, A., D'Souza, N., Weber, S. C., & Montoya, J. P. (2016). Biogeography of Phytoplankton Community Structure in the Northern Gulf of Mexico. In Ocean Sciences Meeting 2016. New Orleans, LA : 02/21/16-02/26/16: Poster.
Subramaniam, A., Juhl, A., D'Souza, N., Weber, S. C., Montoya, J. P., & Jenkins, R. (2016). Use of Autonomous Platforms to Study the Hydrography around Natural Hydrocarbon Seeps in the Gulf of Mexico. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science Conference 2016. Tampa, FL , : 02/01/16-02/07/16: Poster.
Thurnherr, A. M., Cardona, Y., & Montoya, J. P. (2016). Vertical-Velocity Observations in the Northeastern Gulf of Mexico. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2016. Tampa, FL : 02/01/16-02/04/16.
Weber S.C., D'Souza, N., Subramaniam, A., Juhl, A., & Montoya, J. P. (2016). Release from limitation: Exploring phytoplankton nutrient limitation and community shifts in the Gulf of Mexico. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2016. Tampa, FL : 02/01/16-02/04/16: Poster.
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

Bracco, A., Cardona, Y., Villareal, T., Subramaniam, A., Weber, S., & Montoya, J. (2015). Nutrient Concentrations Along The River Plume Salinity Gradient In The Northern Gulf of Mexico Over The Past 30 Years. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2015. Houston, TX : 02/16/15-02/19/15: Poster.
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.
Fernandez, A., Weber, S. C., Lee-Patterson, D. A. O., & Montoya, J. P. (2015). Tracing the Deepwater Horizon oil and methane carbon into the planktonic food web. In 2015 ASLO Aquatic Sciences Meeting. Granada, Spain : 02/22/15-02/27/15.
Fernandez, A., Weber, S. C., & Montoya, J. P. (2015). Imprint of the Deepwater Horizon oil and methane carbon in suspended particles in the Gulf of Mexico. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2015. Houston, TX : 02/16/15-02/19/15: Poster.
Jolley, K., Weber, S. C., & Montoya, J. P. (2015). Impacts of cold seeps on nutrient distributions in the Northern Gulf of Mexico. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2015. Houston, TX : 02/16/15-02/19/15.
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.
Lee-Patterson, D. A. O., Weber, S. C., Fernandez, A., & Montoya, J. P. (2015). Deepwater Horizon impacts on the pelagic foodweb: Stable isotope constraints on zooplankton carbon and nitrogen sources. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2015. Houston, TX : 02/16/15-02/19/15: Poster.
Montoya, J., Weber, S. C., Villareal, T. A., Bracco, A., & Joye, S. B. (2015). Impact of the Deepwater Horizon incident on planktonic ecosystems: Carbon is important, but so is Nitrogen. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2015. Houston, TX : 02/16/15-02/19/15.
Montoya, J. P., Weber, S. C., Fernandez, A., Lee-Patterson, D. A. O., Villareal, T. A., Bracco, A., et al. (2015). Spills, seeps, and cycles: Methane links the carbon and nitrogen cycles through diazotrophy. In 2015 ASLO Aquatic Sciences Meeting. Granada, Spain : 02/22/15-02/27/15.
Peterson, L., Peterson, R., Joye, S., Meile, C., Montoya, J., & Weber, S. (2015). Assessing Hydrocarbon Flow Through Sediments Using Radium Isotopes. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2015. Houston, TX : 02/16/15-02/19/15.
Peterson, R., Peterson, L. E., Montoya, J. P., Weber, S. C., Meile, C. D., & Joye, S. B. (2015). Radium Isotopes as Conservative Tracers of Hydrocarbon Transport Through the Water Column. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2015. Houston, TX : 02/16/15-02/19/15: Poster.
Rogers, K., Montoya, J., Weber, S., & Chanton, J. (2015). A spatial and temporal investigation of carbon isotopes in particulate organic carbon in the Gulf of Mexico. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2015. Houston, TX : 02/16/15-02/19/15: Poster.
Weber, S. C., Battles, J. J., Peterson, L., Roberts, B. J., Özgökmen, T., Peterson, R. N., et al. (2015). Hercules 265 Rapid Response: Immediate ecosystem impacts of a rig natural gas blowout incident. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2015. Houston, TX : 02/16/15-02/19/15.
Weber, S. C., Fernandez, A., Battles, J. J., Peterson, L., Roberts, B. J., Peterson, R. N., et al. (2015). Timescales of ecosystem response: An oil and gas blowout event comparison. In 2015 ASLO Aquatic Sciences Meeting. Granada, Spain : 02/22/15-02/27/15: Poster.

2014

Bullock, K., D'souza, N., Juhl, A., & Montoya, J. (2014). Bacterial abundances in the water column near natural oil seeps and other oil-impacted areas 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.
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.
Joye, S. B., Battles, J., Weber, S., & Montoya, J. (2014). Methanodiazotrophy: deepwater mehtane oxidation linked to nitrogen fixation in the Gulf of Mexico. In AGU Fall Meeting 2014. San Francisco, CA : 12/15/2014-12/19/2014.
Montoya, J., Weber, S. C., Battles, J., Padilla, C. C., & Joye, S. B. (2014). N2-fixation in deep waters of the Northern Gulf of Mexico: Spills. Seeps, and links between the N and C cycles. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2014. Mobile, AL: 01/26/14-01/30/14.
Montoya, J. P., Weber, S. C., Padilla C.C., & Joye, S. B. (2014). Deepwater N2-fixation in the Northern Gulf of Mexico: spills and seeps connect the N and C cycles. In Ocean Sciences Meeting 2014. Honolulu, HI : 02/23/14-02/28/14.
Smith, K., Weber, S. C., & Montoya, J. P. (2014). Isotopic indicators of oil and gas impacts on plankton: Natural abundance of carbon and nitrogen isotopes in particles in the Northern Gulf of Mexico after the Deepwater Horizon spill. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2014. Mobile, AL: 01/26/14-01/30/14: Poster.
Weber, S. C., Battles, J., Joye, S. B., & Montoya, J. P. (2014). Hercules 265 rapid response: hydrographic, methane, and rate measurements quantify ecosystem impacts of a rig blowout incident. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2014. Mobile, AL: 01/26/14-01/30/14: Poster.

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.
Joye, S. B., Sibert, R., Battles, J., Fields, L., Kleindienst, S., Crespo-Medina, M., et al. (2013). Sediment biogeochemistry and microbial activity at natural hydrocarbon seeps and at sites impacted by anthropogenic hydrocarbon discharges. In AGU Fall Meeting. San Francisco, CA, December 9, 2013.
Montoya, J. P. (2013). River plumes, oil spills, and nutrients: What drives N2-fixation in oceanic waters? In Institut fuer Ostseeforschung. Warnemuende, Germany, May 7, 2013.
Montoya, J. P., Weber, S. C., Subramaniam, A., Juhl, A., Villareal, T. A., Bracco, A., et al. (2013). Rates and fates of nitrogen and carbon in the water column: impact of seeps and spills on plankton biogeochemistry. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2013. New Orleans, LA: 01/21/2013-01/23/2013.
Montoya, J. P., Cardona, Y., Weber, S. C., & Bracco, A. (2013). Models are wrong, observations are sparse, what to do. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2013. New Orleans, LA: 01/21/2013-01/23/2013.
Weber, S. C., Subramaniam, A., Crespo-Medina, M., Joye, S. B., Bracco, A., Villareal, T. A., et al. (2013). Spills, seeps, and pelagic foodwebs in the Northern Gulf of Mexico: What do stable isotopes tell us about oil, gas, and discolored zooplankton? In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2013. New Orleans, LA: 01/21/2013-01/23/2013.

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., 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.
Knapke, E. M., Collier, K., Hoppe, K., Montoya, J. P., & Villareal, T. A. (2012). Influence of Mississippi River plume on distributions of diazotrophs in the Gulf of Mexico. In Ocean Sciences Meeting 2012. Salt Lake City, UT: 02/19/12-02/24/12.
Montoya, J. P., Subramaniam, A., Crespo-Medina, M., Bracco, A., Villareal, T. A., & Joye, S. B. (2012). The Deepwater Horizon oil spill and pelagic foodwebs in the Northern Gulf of Mexico: What do elements and isotopes tell us about oil, plumes, and zooplankton? In Ocean Sciences Meeting 2012. Salt Lake City, UT: 02/19/12-02/24/12.
Subramaniam, A., Villareal, T. A., Bracco, A., & Montoya, J. P. (2012). Characterizing the 2011 Great Flood Plume of the Mississippi River. In Ocean Sciences Meeting 2012. Salt Lake City, UT: 02/19/12-02/24/12: Poster.

2011

Montoya, J. P. (2011). The Impact of the DWH oil spill on pelagic environments of the Gulf of Mexico. In Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Principal Investigator Conference. St. Petersburg, FL, October 25-26, 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.