Upcoming science seminars
New oil spill science seminars are always on the horizon. Stay tuned to find out more!
Past science seminars
Click on the links below to learn more about the presenters for each seminar and view the video recordings.
Thursday March 23rd, 2017 – Gladys Porter Zoo, Brownsville TX
This seminar explored how sea turtles fared during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and discuss ongoing conservation and restoration efforts. Click here for more information.
February 6, 2017 – New Orleans, LA
This workshop created an environment where local scientists working on oil spill research and local emergency responders could clearly communicate their needs and form partnerships with one another. Click here to learn more and watch videos from the workshop.
Oil Spill Science & Information Needs for Gulf & Caribbean Regional Stakeholders
November 8, 2016 – Grand Cayman
This workshop at the Gulf & Caribbean Fisheries Institute (GCFI) 69th annual conference brought together GCFI attendees and interested local and regional stakeholders to discuss information needs on the topics of regional connectivity and oil spills. For more information, click here.
Building resilient communities: Lessons learned from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill
September 27, 2016 – Long Beach, MS
This seminar identified traits that made communities more resilient after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, discussed programs and resources available to communities, shared lessons learned in overcoming disasters, and suggested ways to strengthen resiliency. For more information, click here.
Technology & Deepwater Horizon
August 30, 2016 – Miami, FL
This seminar gave attendees a glimpse of the technologies used during DWH oil spill or that came about as a result of it. For more information, click here.
Sharing Gulf Science Discoveries for Management
June 14, 2016 – Baton Rouge, LA
The objective of this seminar was to share science that is applicable for management use. For more information, click here.
Where did the oil go?
April 14, 2016 – Mobile, AL
This seminar was hosted by the Sea Grant Oil Spill Outreach Team and NOAA’s Gulf of Mexico Disaster Response Center. Scientist shared their work and results of their latest research. Topics included oil on the seafloor, oil weathering, sedimentation, and marine snow. Recordings of the speakers’ presentations are available here.
Chilling with your chums: How did the oil spill impact Gulf fisheries?
April 6, 2016 – Austin, TX
This seminar was held as an evening session at the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council meeting. Local scientists shared the impacts that the oil spill had on individual and populations of fish. Recordings of the speakers’ presentations are available by clicking here.
Beyond the Response: A look at the science and policy behind dispersants
December 15, 2015 – Webinar
This special webinar was held as part of the US Coast Guard Sector New Orleans Area Committee meeting agenda. Scientific topics covered include toxicity testing of chemical dispersants, development of new dispersants, and efficacy of dispersant formulations. Legal and policy issues were considered as well – including the EPA proposed rule (Subpart J) to the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP). Recordings of the speakers’ presentations as well as copies of their presentations are available by clicking here.
Exploring Oil Spill Impacts in the Deep Gulf of Mexico
Dec 8th, 2015 – Corpus Christi, TX
Scientists presented published work about deep sea dispersant use; the impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on both deep sea corals and mesophotic corals; and on the benthic footprint from Deepwater Horizon. Presentations were also given about the technology involved in deep sea response, and about the monitoring of natural resources in the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary. View available seminar slides by clicking here.
Oil Spill Science Seminar: Healthy Gulf Seafood
Nov 18th, 2015 – Long Beach, MS
Scientists and agency staff talked about how they testing seafood during and after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, how fish and other animals break down oil and other contaminants, and how scientists monitoring seafood to keep consumers safe. A recording of the full presentation can be viewed by clicking here.
Oil spill science: An overview
Oct 21st, 2015 – Long Beach, MS
The oil spill science specialists presented the latest science to Sea Grant agents at the Regional Sea Grant meeting. The presentation focused on the impact that the Deepwater Horizon oil spill had on habitats, aquatic wildlife, and human health. A recording of the full presentation can be viewed by clicking here.
Impacts of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill to Gulf Wetlands
August 11th, 2015 – Slidell, LA
Scientists presented published work regarding the impacts of Deepwater Horizon to Gulf wetlands. Specific topics that were covered included ecosystem effects, impacts to marsh life, and shoreline response and restoration. A recording of the seminar and each of the presentations can be viewed by clicking here.
Navigating Shifting Sands: Oil on our beaches
August 5th, 2015 – Pensacola, FL
The Gulf of Mexico Sea Grant Oil Spill Outreach Team and the Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve hosted this seminar. Scientists shared their work to answer lingering questions about oil that washed up on Alabama and Florida beaches during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. More than 85 participants attended this seminar in person or through webinar. Recordings of each of the presentations can be viewed by clicking here.
Oil Spill Science Seminar: Impacts of Oil on Coastal Habitats
July 22nd, 2015 – Temple Terrace, FL
This seminar was hosted by the Sea Grant Oil Spill Outreach Team and the Southwest District of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. During the seminar scientist shared their work about the effects of oil on mangroves, wetlands, marshes, and beaches. The audience consisted of emergency responders, natural resource managers, environmental non-profit staff, as well as port and harbor employees. Recordings of the speakers’ presentations as well as copies of their presentations are available here.
Understanding the toxicity of oil and dispersant mixtures, and the development of alternative dispersants
May 20th, 2015 – Lafayette, LA
This seminar was hosted by the Sierra Club-Acadian Group and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Anthropology Society, and organized by Louisiana Sea Grant. This event featured speakers from LSU AgCenter and Louisiana Sea Grant. A brief history and explanation of dispersants were given, along with the impacts of oil and dispersants on near-shore environments and fish. The effects of oil-dispersant mixtures on aquatic life and research into bacteria-based dispersants were discussed. To learn more about this seminar, click here.
Bridging the Gap Between Oil Spill Researchers and Responders Workshop
April 14th, 2015 – Port Aransas, TX
The Gulf of Mexico Sea Grant Oil Spill Outreach Team and Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve hosted the Bridging the Gap Between Oil Spill Researchers and Responders Workshop. The primary purpose of this workshop was to share oil spill science and increase communication between researchers, natural resource managers, and emergency responders. To learn more, click here.
Oil Spill Science Seminar: Five years later, what have we learned?
March 18th, 2015 – Point Clear, AL
Scientists presented the latest fisheries-related research about the impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and dispersant application on Gulf of Mexico habitats, communities, and individual species. To see the presentations, agenda, and news coverage for this seminar, click here.
Natural Resource Management Seminar & Workshop
February 16th and 19th, 2015 – Houston, TX
This seminar was offered in conjunction with the Oil Spill and Ecosystem Conference that was held in Houston, TX. Natural resource managers were invited to attend a seminar by Dr. Nancy Rabalais. After attending the conference for the week, attendees were invited back to participate in an input session to determine additional oil spill science needs. To view the agenda, presentation, and other documents, click here.
Texas Master Naturalist Seminar
January 13, 2015
This seminar was presented to the Rio Grande Valley Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalists, to share with them the emerging science regarding oil spill impacts to fisheries. To see the presentation, click here. To learn more about our Oil Spill Science Outreach Team or to contact one of our specialists to organize a science seminar, please click here.