Bienvenue en Louisiane! Final science outreach team webinar takes a deep dive into cultural impacts of oil spills

On January 28, 2021, the Sea Grant science outreach team will gather virtually to present Focus on Louisiana, Part Deux, the second webinar in a series on how oil spills impact the state of Louisiana and the final webinar in the team’s long running science outreach series. At 2 pm central time, attendees can either…

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…

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…

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…

New Vietnamese translations of popular oil spill titles now online

Audiences ask—Sea Grant delivers. The Sea Grant oil spill science outreach team has recently debuted three new Vietnamese translations of oil spill science fact sheets. Frequently asked questions: Dispersants edition, Federal emergency response framework for oil spills: Stafford Act and Oil Pollution Act, and Is it safe? Examining health risks from the Deepwater Horizon oil…

Gulf-wide Sea Grant science outreach team seeking Texas specialist

The Sea Grant Science Outreach Program is seeking a Texas-based extension specialist to join the team. The interdisciplinary Gulf-wide team members bring peer-reviewed oil spill and ecosystem science findings to people with a vested interest in a healthy marine environment through extension publications and public science seminars. The ideal candidate will have a strong grounding…

Workshop to focus on preparing for harmful algal blooms in Northern Gulf

UPDATE: To see videos of presentations from this seminar, click here. ### The Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium and the National Centers for Environmental Information are hosting a half-day workshop about harmful algal blooms (HABs) from 1-4:30 p.m., Thursday, June 13, at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Gulf of Mexico Disaster Response Center in Mobile,…

Back-to-back Alabama sessions May 6-7 to wrap up national collaborative workshop series

About a half an hour’s drive separates the fishing village of Bayou La Batre, Alabama, from downtown Mobile. Sea Grant specialist Missy Partyka will make that commute one evening in early May to loop as many people as possible into Preparing for oil spills in the Eastern Gulf: Health, economic resilience, and community well-being, the…