Marine mammals and oil

Marine mammals: Reflections on new research after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill

December 8 – webinar

Seminar speakers reviewed overall Deepwater Horizon impacts on marine mammals with a special focus on dolphins, gave updates on what scientists now know about marine mammal toxicology, and provided recovery strategies moving forward.

Event presentations

Dani Bailey, Texas Sea Grant, Seminar overview (view slides here)

Sarah Piwetz, Research Director at the Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network, Importance of stranding programs and photo-ID for developing baseline data prior to spills (view slides here)

Ryan Takeshita, Deputy Director of Conservation Medicine/Research Scientist at the National Marine Mammal Foundation, Updates on oil toxicity on marine mammals and other vertebrates, with next steps for future spills (view slides here)

Sylvain De Guise, Professor Department of Pathobiology and Veterinary Science, University of Connecticut, Recovery and the future: Long term marine mammal immune systems changes (view slides here)

Q & A with all speakers – Texas Sea Grant oil spill science specialist Dani Bailey moderated a conversation at the end of the program to give audience members and opportunity to ask questions about the presentations.

Featured photo provided by LADC-GEMM.