Deepwater Horizon oil spill – The discoveries and outreach

designated Spotlight Session at the
7th SETAC World Congress/SETAC North America 37th Annual Meeting


This spotlight session at was held at the 7th SETAC World Congress/SETAC North America 37th Annual Meeting in 2016 and was collaboratively developed by the Sea Grant Oil Spill Science Outreach program and LSU AgCenter.

New scientific insights about Deepwater Horizon (DWH) oil spill continue to emerge, even years after the incident. By nature, the DWH oil spill tightly links science, the communities affected by this tragedy, and social issues.

Given the implications of DWH, these findings must be relayed to the public in a manner that is sensitive yet informative. Our multi-disciplinary session aimed to share emerging scientific findings with SETAC, and also to inspire and inform session attendees of ways to work with and communicate DWH science to audiences outside of the scientific community.

Note: You may view the full conference abstracts for the session HERE and the full abstract book for the entire conference HERE.

Sharing the science behind the spill: The partnership of the Gulf of Mexico Sea Grant programs & the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI)
Emily Maung-Douglass, Louisiana Sea Grant – LSU

Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in white shrimp following the Deepwater Horizon accident: community-based science from southeast Louisiana
Jeffrey Wickliffe, Tulane University

Mining the Traditional Ecological Knowledge of Gulf of Mexico communities to help unravel the legacy of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill
Dana Wetzel, Mote Marine Laboratory

Oiled Vision: Understanding fishes’ visual response to oil spills through research and film
Emma Barnes, University of North Texas

How research in oil and surfactant toxicity helped create a community outreach program in southern Louisiana
Chris Green, Louisiana State University

Post-settlement conclusions of the Trustee toxicity testing program conducted in support of the Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment
Jeffrey Morris, Abt Associates

Sublethal impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on pelagic top predators from the Gulf of Mexico – communicating science to a broad audience
Martin Grosell, University of Miami

Risk Messaging and Public Perception Among Gulf Coast Residents After the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill*
Andrew Kane, University of Florida
*Presentation not available for viewing at this time

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