Oil Spill Science Outreach Team

The Sea Grant oil spill science specialists work together on multiple oil spill related research topics. Although each is based in a different state, they work regionally throughout the Gulf of Mexico.

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Oil spill science specialists

Chris Hale – Based in Corpus Christi, Texas, with the Texas Sea Grant College Program, Chris has an interdisciplinary background in marine science, fisheries, restoration, and human dimensions. She previously served as a Sea Grant extension agent in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Ask Chris about the environmental effects of the oil spill on wildlife and habitats. Email: chris.hale@tamu.edu

 


Emily Maung-Douglass, Ph.D. – Based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with the Louisiana Sea Grant College Program, Emily has expertise at the interface of ecology, chemistry, and toxicology. She also has studied the impacts of environmental stressors on aquatic animals. Ask Emily about the chemical makeup of oil and dispersants and any issues related to toxicology. Email: edouglass@lsu.edu

 


Monica Wilson, Ph.D. – Based in St. Petersburg, Florida, with the UF/IFAS Extension of the Florida Sea Grant College Program, Monica has used her physical oceanography background to model circulation, flushing, and the impacts of tropical storms on coastal systems in the region. Ask Monica about the physical properties of oil and how it moves through the environment. Email: monicawilson447@ufl.edu


Management and support

Steve Sempier, Ph.D. – Based in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, with the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium, Steve has worked on several Gulf-wide issues, including the Gulf of Mexico Research Plan and a Gulf of Mexico hydrological restoration program through a partnership with the NOAA Restoration Center. He coordinates the overall outreach effort and synthesizes the results for GoMRI. Email: stephen.sempier@usm.edu

 


Skelton communicatorTara Skelton – Based in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, with the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium, Tara has served as a science writer for GoMRI and the CONsortium for oil spill exposure pathways in COastal River-Dominated Ecosystems (CONCORDE). She supports the oil spill specialists in the development of outreach products and manages the website. Phone: (228)818-8825. Email: tara.skelton@usm.edu

 


Swann high-resolution headshotLaDon Swann, Ph.D. – Based in Mobile, Alabama, LaDon serves as the director of the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium and Auburn University Marine Programs, and as the PI of the oil spill science outreach program. Responsible for implementing practical solutions to coastal issues through competitive research, graduate student training, extension and outreach and K-12 education, LaDon also conducts research on shellfish aquaculture and habitat restoration. He has over 25 years of experience designing, delivering and evaluating adult education programs. The Tennessee native worked 10 years with the Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant College Program at Purdue University, where he earned a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction for adults. He also served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Togo, West Africa, in the mid-1980s. Email: swanndl@auburn.edu