The oil spill science outreach program allows Sea Grant specialists to find out what types of information target audiences want and develop tailor-made products for those audiences. Feel free to share your new ideas by clicking the “Share your thoughts” box.
The Team has created the following publications to share oil spill science:
Outreach Publications on Oil Spill Science Topics
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? Click here to find out what scientists are saying.
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? Click here to examine in detail the answers researchers have found to these questions.
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. This publication outlines an array of tools in development designed to aid in future oil spill clean-up efforts. Click here to open.
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. Click here to find out more.
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 the image or here to open the publication.
Learn about what fish skin lesions are and why they caused concern after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Click on the image or here to open the publication.
Learn how the oil spill impacted Gulf fisheries on the individual, population, and community-level. Click on the image or here to open the publication.
Learn why and how dispersants are used during oil spills and how they were used during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Click on the image or here to open the publication.
Learn about the effectiveness and persistence of dispersants in the environment and whether it was necessary to use dispersants at the subsurface. Click on the image or here to open the publication.
Learn how dispersants impact aquatic life in terms of life stage and species and how lab and field studies
can provide a more complete picture of the implications of exposure to oil and dispersants. Click on the image or here to open the publication.
Learn the answers to the top 5 most frequently asked questions about the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Click on the image or here to open the publication.
Learn how oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill was buried, how it moves around, and how scientists track this oil. Click on the image or here to open the publication.
Learn about historical fisheries landings data within the context of man-made and natural disasters. Explore why this data is important for fisheries management. Click on the image or here to open the publication.
Learn about the results of federal, state and independent seafood testing after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Click on the image or here to open the publication.
Reports and resources
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. To read more, click here.
Social network analysis (SNA) is a tool for evaluating relationships and connectivity. This publications 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. To read more, click here.
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. To read more, click here.
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.