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Oil spill science bulletins


Sea turtles and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill
Sea turtles are some of the world’s most well-known endangered and threatened animals. So far, what have we learned about the impact Deepwater Horizon oil had on sea turtles in the Gulf?


The Deepwater Horizon’s impact on bottlenose dolphins
In 2010, scientists documented a markedly increased number of stranded dolphins in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Was oil exposure to blame? Could other factors have been in play?

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Emerging surfactants, sorbents, and additives for use in oil spill clean-up
The Deepwater Horizon oil spill renewed the world’s focus on the need for safe, effective methods to combat oil’s intrusion into the delicate marine ecosystem.


Frequently asked questions: Oil edition
Think you know everything there is to know about oil? This publication details the ins and outs of petroleum –  from where it comes from to what it’s made of to how scientists track it in the environment.


The Deepwater Horizon’s impact on people’s health: Increases in stress and anxiety
 Learn how the 2010 spill affected mental health in both individuals and coastal communities.


Skin lesions in fish: Was there a connection to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill?
Learn about what fish skin lesions are and why they caused concern after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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Impacts From the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on Gulf of Mexico Fisheries
Learn how the oil spill impacted Gulf fisheries on the individual, population, and community-level.

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Chemical Dispersants and Their Role in Oil Spill Response
Learn why and how dispersants are used during oil spills and how they were used during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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Persistence, Fate, and Effectiveness of Dispersants Used During the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
Learn about the effectiveness and persistence of dispersants in the environment and whether it was necessary to use dispersants under the water.

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Responses of Aquatic Animals in the Gulf of Mexico to Oil and Dispersants
Learn how dispersants impact aquatic life in terms of life stage and species.

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Top 5 Frequently Asked Questions about the Deepwater Horizon oil spill
Learn the answers to the top 5 questions most frequently asked by our target audiences  about the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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Navigating Shifting Sands: Oil on our Beaches
Learn how oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill was buried, how it moves around, and how scientists track this oil.

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Fisheries Landings and Disasters in the Gulf of Mexico
Learn about historical fisheries landings data within the context of man-made and natural disasters. Explore why this data is important for fisheries management.

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The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill’s Impact on Gulf Seafood
Learn about the results of federal, state and independent seafood testing after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Reports and resources

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Summary of Target Audience Input of Oil Spill Topics
This publication provides a snapshot of information collected from target audience members by the Oil Spill Science Outreach Team from July 21, 2014, through February 19, 2015. This information represents engagement with 530 people.

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2014 Social Network Analysis Summary Report
This social network analysis offers an  understanding of the extent of communication across Gulf of Mexico states, and across professions as it relates to the efforts of the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative.


Oil Spill Science Outreach Program
This publication provides an overview of the Oil Spill Science Outreach Program. It highlights goals of the program, audiences that will be reached, and the Sea Grant Specialists that are part of the Oil Spill Science Outreach Team.

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Workshop report
This publication provides notes from the Sharing Oil Spill Science with Non-Scientists: Effectively Communicating Complex Research Results through Outreach and Education Programs workshop  at the 2016 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystems conference.