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Dr. Robert Carney - co P.I.

Departement of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, La. 70803

Professional Preparation
Duke University Zoology BS, 1967
Texas A&M University Oceanography MS, 1971
Oregon State University Oceanography Ph.D, 1977
Smithsonian Institution Deep-sea invertebrates Postdoc 1977 -1978

Professor, Dept. Oceanography and Coastal Sciences, Louisiana State University. 1986 – Present.
Director, Coastal Ecology Institute, Louisiana State University, 1986 -1995.
Research Faculty, Moss Landing Marine Laboratory, 1982-1985
Program Director Biological Oceanography, National Science Foundation, 1981
Assistant Program Director Biological Oceanography, National Science Foundation, 1979 – 1980.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Smithsonian Institution, 1977-1978.
Graduate Research Assistant, Oregon State University, School of Oceanography, 1972-1976.
Research Assistant (contractual), U.S. National Museum Natural History, 1971-1972.
Sergeant, US Army Military Police (Corrections), Ft. Bragg NC, 1969 - 1971.
Graduate Research Assistant, Texas A&M University, Dept. Oceanography, 1967 -1969.

Selected Publications

  • Carney, R.S. 2006. Megafauna and image analysis. Chapter 12, pages 415-439, In Continental Shelf Associates ed., Effects of Oil and Gas Exploration and Development at Selected Continental Slope Sites in the Gulf of Mexico. Volume II: Technical Report. U.S. Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service, Gulf of Mexico OCS.
  • Carney, R.S. 2005. Zonation of deep-sea biota on continental margins. Oceanography and Marine Biology: An annual review. 43:211-279.
  • Carney, R.S. 2007. Use of diversity estimation in studies of soft bottom benthos. Oceanography and Marine Biology: An annual review. 43:211-279.
  • Carney, R.S. and Carey, A.G., -Jr. 1982. Distribution and diversity of holothuroids (Echinodermata) on Cascadia Basin and Tufts Abyssal Plain. Deep-Sea Research I 29:597–607.
  • Carney, R.S., 1994. Consideration of the oasis analogy for chemosynthetic communities at Gulf of Mexico hydrocarbon vents. Geo-Marine Letters 14:149–159.
  • Cordes, E.E., Carney, S.L., Hourdez, S., Carney, R.S., Brooks, J.M., Fisher, C.R. 2007. Cold seeps of the deep Gulf of Mexico: Community structure and biogeographic comparisons to Atlantic equatorial belt seep communities. Deep-Sea Research I 54:637-653.
  • Hart, P.E., Hutchinson, D.R., Gardner, Carney, R.S., and Fornari, D. (Accepted). A photographic and acoustic transect across two deep-water seafloor mounds, Mississippi Canyon, northern Gulf of Mexico. InRuppel, C., Jones, E., and Boswell, R., Scientific results of U.S. Department of Energy/Chevron Joint Industry Project 2005 Gulf of Mexico gas-hydrate drilling: Marine and Petroleum Geology (special issue).
  • MacAvoy, S.E., Fisher, C.R., Carney, R.S., Macko, S.A. 2005. Nutritional associations among fauna at hydrocarbon seep communities in the Gulf of Mexico. Marine Ecology Progress Series 292:51-60.
  • MacAvoy, S.E., Macko, S.A., Carney, R.S. 2003. Links between chemosynthetic production and mobile predators on the Louisiana continental slope: Stable carbon isotopes of specific fatty acids. Chemical Geology: 201: 229-239.
  • Roberts, H.H. and Carney, R.S. 1997. Evidence of episodic fluid, gas, and sediment venting on the northern Gulf of Mexico continental slope, Economic Geology 92:863–879.

Synergistic Activities

Co-Director and Principle Investigator, Continental Margin Ecosystems (COMARGE) program of the Census of Marine Life. Thirteen international experts on margin ecology direct and support a very broad program of research coordination, database development, concept synthesis, and outreach. 2005 – 2010.

Principle Investigator, Incorporation of archived National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC) records of large-scale benthic faunal surveys into Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS). Secured funding from Minerals Management Service and cooperation from NODC to locate all benthic survey datasets in the original MULDARS format and convert into OBIS format to allow modern data analysis of these baselines. Software development is complete, and ~75,000 records have been converted. Additional work with OBIS is in the planning stages. 2006 – Present.