Oil spill specialists join scientists for dispersant testing

Two members of the Gulf Sea Grant oil spill science outreach team recently visited Ohmsett, an oil spill science testing facility overseen by the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE). Florida Sea Grant’s Monica Wilson and Louisiana Sea Grant’s Emily Maung-Douglass traveled to New Jersey at the invitation of Tim Nedwed, Oil Spill Response…

Gulf-wide Sea Grant team receives national award for oil spill science outreach efforts

(OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss.) – The Sea Grant Oil Spill Science Outreach Team received the National Superior Outreach Programming Award (SOPA), Sea Grant’s highest extension honor, at a Sept. 20 ceremony in Portland, Oregon. The team of outreach professionals is based in programs located around the Gulf of Mexico and works to synthesize and share peer-reviewed…

Attend Online: Understanding USDA Farm Service Agency Programs for Shellfish Growers

Shellfish growers who want to learn more about USDA Farm Service Agency programs that provide support and disaster relief may want to tune in to a free broadcast of a seminar on Friday, Aug. 24 , from 2-4 pm organized by the University of Florida IFAS Extension service. Heather Boyd, agricultural program specialist at Florida’s…

Bays and Bayous Symposium committee releases call for abstracts, sessions

The 2018 Alabama-Mississippi Bays and Bayous Symposium Program Committee has released a call for abstracts and sessions for the Nov. 28-29 event in Mobile, Alabama. Scientists, resource managers, elected officials or agency representatives, community action group members, industry representatives and others are invited to highlight their research findings and environmental efforts through oral presentations, individually…

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 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…