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Dr. Ian MacDonald

Ph.D., Texas A&M University, 1990
Biological Oceanography
Phone: (850) 644-5498
Office: OSB511

I am an oceanographer of deep-ocean extreme communities. The physical settings include natural hydrocarbon seeps, gas hydrates, and mud volacno systems. In my project work, I use satellite remote sensing to locate natural oil releases on the ocean surface. Specialty cameras provide high resolution and time-series imaging of seep fauna and processes at the ocean floor. GIS techniques are used for assessing biological communities and geologic features with submersibles and towed cameras.

MacDonald IR, Smith M, Huffer FW. Community structure comparisons of lower slope hydrocarbon seeps, northern Gulf of Mexico. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography. 2010;57(21-23):1904-1915.