Oysters the focus of new Sea Grant oil spill science publication

In the Gulf of Mexico and around the country, oyster restoration and aquaculture is a hot topic. A popular seafood delicacy, oysters in the wild also perform important ecological functions. These shellfish naturally filter nutrients from water that passes through their gills and the reefs they live on help stabilize the shoreline. Both of these…

Sea Grant team tapped for oil industry ‘spill drill’

Texas Sea Grant Specialist Chris Hale, a member of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill science outreach team, spent a day in The Woodlands, Texas, participating in an oil industry exercise where response teams gathered to work through the management of a potential oil spill scenario. Anadarko’s response exercise is an annual preparedness activity that…

Bays and Bayous abstract deadline extended

The deadline to submit abstracts for the 2018 Alabama-Mississippi Bays and Bayous Symposium has been extended until Sept. 14. The symposium will take place Nov. 28-29 in Mobile, Alabama, and its theme is “Navigating Waves of Change.” Scientists, resource managers, elected officials or agency representatives, community action group members, industry representatives and others are invited to…

Partyka newest specialist in Gulf of Mexico oil spill outreach program

Missy Partyka has joined the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium as the newest member of the Gulf of Mexico Sea Grant oil spill science outreach team. Based in the Auburn University Marine Extension and Research Center in Mobile, Ala., Partyka will serve as an extension specialist to audiences in the region and around the country interested…

Seminar delves into technology used to study marine oil spills

The Sea Grant oil spill science outreach team just announced a new opportunity to learn about some of the specialized equipment scientists use when studying oil at sea. The team will host Technology used to study oil spills, Part 2, the follow up to 2016’s popular seminar Technology and Deepwater Horizon, on August 29. The…

National Academies’ Gulf Research Program and Sea Grant to conduct workshops around the country on improving regional oil spill preparedness

The following information is a media release from the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. WASHINGTON – The Gulf Research Program (GRP) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is collaborating with the Sea Grant Oil Spill Science Outreach Program to convene a series of workshops aimed at improving community preparedness for…

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…