New oil spill science workshop announced!

Save the date for Sea turtles & oil spills, Thursday, March 23rd, 2017 at Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, Texas. It will explore how sea turtles fared during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and discuss ongoing conservation and restoration efforts. Not near Texas? Never fear! This workshop is also available as a webinar the day of the event. Click here for more information.

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Now hiring: National water extension liaison

As part of a growing effort for collaboration between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Weather Service and NOAA Sea Grant, The University of Alabama is seeking qualified applicants for the position of National Extension Liaison. The liaison will be located at the National Water Center (NWC) on the campus of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Funding for this position is for five years. continuation to and beyond the initial five years will be contingent upon a favorable program evaluation, need and availability of funds. Read more

Administrator needed for Mississippi oyster gardening program

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We’re looking for someone to establish and maintain a new oyster restoration/public education project in Mississippi. Duties will include, but not be limited to, recruiting, and maintaining a volunteer base of oyster gardeners and assisting in grant writing for project continuation.

The selected candidate will have a strong background in biology, fisheries, environmental science or related field with excellent written, communication, involving public speaking and computer skills. Read more

Join Next Oil Spill Science Workshop February 6

Exploring the intersection between oil spill science and response

February 6, 2017 – New Orleans, LA or via online webinaroiledsargassum(NOAA)

This workshop is designed to create an environment where local scientists working on oil spill research and local emergency responders are able to clearly communicate their needs and form partnerships with one another. For more information, click here.

Check out the Oil Spill Science Outreach Team’s latest publication!

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Wondering about the Deepwater Horizon oil spill’s human impacts? Learn how the 2010 spill affected mental health in both individuals and coastal communities. To read, click here to open the publication The Deepwater Horizon oil spill’s impact on people’s health: Increases in stress and anxiety.

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Register now for Bays and Bayous

Registration is now open for the 2016 Mississippi-Alabama Bays and Bayous Symposium.

 

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Researchers offer bounty for live tiger shrimp

Check out this story about a Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant project that is studying invasive Asian tiger shrimp.

Study investigates how tiger shrimp may affect native Gulf shrimp

When a new species appears in the Gulf of Mexico, it can cause concern and raise a lot of questions. Which habitat does it prefer? What will it eat? What will eat it?

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One of these species of concern is the invasive tiger shrimp (Penaeus monodon), a very large shrimp that is native to Indo-Pacific, Asian and Australian waters. Jennifer Hill, an assistant professor at Louisiana Tech University, has been working to determine which type of habitat tiger shrimp prefer in the Gulf and how they might affect native shrimp populations. She is studying whether tiger shrimp will compete with native populations for food, if native shrimp are likely to become their prey and if existing Gulf predators will eat tiger shrimp. Read more