Marine mammals and oil

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

December 8, 9-10:30 am CST/10-11:30 EST – Zoom webinar/Facebook Live, Texas Sea Grant

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Seminar speakers will review overall Deepwater Horizon impacts on marine mammals with a special focus on dolphins, give updates on what scientists now know about marine mammal toxicology, and provide recovery strategies moving forward. This event will be offered as a Zoom webinar and also broadcast live on Texas Sea Grant’s Facebook page. Attendees on either platform will have an opportunity to ask presenters questions during the webinar.

Speakers and topics

  • 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
  • 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
  • Sylvain De Guise, Professor Department of Pathobiology and Veterinary Science, University of Connecticut, Recovery and the future: Long term marine mammal immune systems changes
  • Q & A with all speakers – Texas Sea Grant oil spill science specialist Dani Bailey will moderate 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.