New oil spill science short course now online

At 2016’s Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) meeting in Orlando, Florida, researchers from multiple arenas presented a short course on oil in marine environments. The Sea Grant oil spill science outreach team’s latest online-only seminar, Oil in the aquatic environment: Sources, fate, effects, monitoring, and response options, reproduces a portion of the original…

How do scientists ‘see’ underwater?

Underwater vehicles used to study oil spills, the Sea Grant oil spill science outreach team’s latest publication, shines a light on the technology scientists use to track and quantify oil in the marine ecosystem, specifically manned and unmanned underwater vehicles that gather data researchers need. From ROVs to AUVs to HOVs, this work details how…

Oil spill science team shares research on microbes and Deepwater Horizon

The Sea Grant oil spill outreach team has produced two new publications explaining what scientists know about what happens to oil in a marine environment after an accidental spill. The first, Where did oil go? A Deepwater Horizon fact sheet , uses infographics and simple explanations to clearly outline what scientists now understand about where…

Sea Grant team to host free workshop on marine mammals and oil

On March 29, members of the Sea Grant oil spill science outreach team will gather at the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary Offices in Galveston, Texas, to host their next free seminar, “Oil spill response, assessment, and restoration: Marine mammals.” There, university researchers and government experts will reveal what they know about how oil…

Oil spill team seeking new outreach specialist

The Sea Grant Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Science Outreach Team is looking for an outreach specialist to work out of its Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant office in Mobile, with significant travel around the Gulf of Mexico and beyond. The well-established program serves as a bridge between oil spill science researchers and interested stakeholders, synthesizing and…

New Sea Grant publication addresses oil’s impact on coral communities

The largest accidental marine spill in American history, 2010’s Deepwater Horizon incident occurred deep in the Gulf of Mexico, spreading oil from the blowout site into coastal areas and impacting ecologically-important coastal communities in the process. A new Sea Grant publication Corals and oil spills explains what scientists know about what can happen to these…

Oil science outreach team announces two new seminars for 2018

Audiences interested in oil spill science will have two new opportunities to learn in 2018. The Sea Grant Oil Spill Outreach Team will start the year by concluding their three-part “Responding to oil spills” seminar series. On January 9 in LaCombe, Louisiana, team members will host scientists and responders who specialize in oil spills in…

Scientific team selected to conduct independent  abundance estimate of red snapper in Gulf of Mexico

A team of university and government scientists, selected by an expert review panel convened by the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium, will conduct an independent study to estimate the number of red snapper in the U.S. waters of the Gulf of Mexico. “American communities across the Gulf of Mexico depend on their access to, as well…

Mississippi nature-tourism summit set for Nov. 29

Do you own or operate a nature-based tourism business in coastal Mississippi? Do you make every effort to celebrate the area’s natural resources while protecting clean water, reducing litter and providing a safe experience for your guests? If so, mark your calendars for Wednesday, Nov. 29, and plan to join us in Gulfport for a…

Gulf ecosystem display for Sargent Beach pier now available as posters from Texas Sea Grant

The installation of a new educational display at the Sargent Fishing Pier in Matagorda County has been delayed by Hurricane Harvey, but paper copies of the posters are available now from the Texas Sea Grant College Program. The new pier at Sargent Beach has been in the making for the better part of a decade,…

Alabama, Mississippi aquaculture projects receive funding

Two projects in Alabama and Mississippi have been selected for funding through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Sea Grant Integrated Projects to Increase Aquaculture Production grant competition. Reginald Blaylock of The University of Southern Mississippi and his research team will be awarded $994,955 for their project “Commercializing intensive copepod culture: A transformational foundation essential for increasing…