Sempier to lead new VORTEX-Southeast Community Outreach Program

From a Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium news release. The Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium is pleased to announce that Tracie Sempier, Ph.D., has taken on a new role as the Community Resilience Lead for the VORTEX-SE Program. The Verification of the Origins of Rotation in Tornadoes EXperiment-Southeast (VORTEX-SE) brings together both physical and social scientists, researchers and…

Fear of the unknown leads to anxiety in many communities

This post, written by Missy Partyka, originally appeared in the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium’s weekly staff blog. What do the COVID-19 pandemic and the use of dispersants during oil spills have in common? In a word: anxiety. In a few more: fear, concern, distrust and a perceived lack of transparency. During the global pandemic, many coastal residents…

Webinars on how oil spills impact oysters and water quality next in summer lineup

Two popular oil spill science webinar series will broadcast second installments next week. Increasing resilience of wild and farmed oysters before, during, and after an oil spill, part two in the series Oysters: Adapting to a changing Gulf, will go live on July 27 at 1 pm CDT/2 EDT. Impacts of oil spills on water…

Upcoming webinars explore fate of oil in the marine environment

The good news about marine oil spills—if there is any—is that over the years oil spill responders from the public and private sectors have developed a host of tools and methods at their disposal to clean one up when it happens. But what happens to oil unable to be retrieved through current clean up techniques…

LSU Grad Student New Coastal Management Fellow

Kerrin Toner, a master’s student in the College of the Coast and Environment at Louisiana State University (LSU), has been selected as a 2020-2022 Coastal Management Fellow. She will work as part of the US Virgin Islands Coastal Zone Management Program for two years as she helps them update the St. Thomas East End Reserves…

Florida Sea Grant expert: 10 years after oil spill, Gulf still on the mend

By Brad Buck, public relations specialist at UF/IFAS Communications. Access the original report here. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Nearly 10 years ago to the day, the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig began spilling millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. We know the Gulf is recovering, but it may be decades before science tells…

10 Things a Non-Scientist Has Learned in the Decade Since Deepwater Horizon

This post, originally published by NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration, was written by Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium’s Tara Skelton to commemorate the tenth anniversary of Deepwater Horizon. To read the original post, click here. I was a freelance writer and mother of two living in coastal Mississippi when the Deepwater Horizon oil spill began…

Save the date for the 2020 Bays and Bayous Symposium

The 2020 Bays and Bayous Symposium will be held Dec. 1-3 at the Golden Nugget Biloxi Hotel and Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi. The theme for the 2020 event is “Sound Science, Sound Policy: A 2020 Vision for the Future.” Bays and Bayous will begin at noon on Tuesday, Dec. 1, and end at noon on…

New Oil Spill Outreach Specialist Joins Texas Sea Grant

From a February 28, 2020 Texas Sea Grant news release: Dani Bailey will be “an integral addition to both the Oil Spill Science Program” and “provide much-needed services to her community.” Danielle “Dani” Bailey joins Texas Sea Grant College Program as an oil spill outreach specialist, one of four members of a Gulf-wide oil spill…