ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Cam Ainsworth's laboratory is evaluating impacts from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on the biota and fisheries of the Gulf of Mexico. A key aspect to this study is using the 1979 IXTOC oil spill as an analog to understand long-term consequences of the spill and mitigation decisions. His lab is also developing next generation tools and strategies for ecosystem-based fisheries management in the United States. Efforts include evaluation of potential management instruments such as harvest control rules, marine protected areas and artificial reefs. Cam Ainsworth and his students and staff use a range of statistical, agent-based, and box models to consider the interplay between physics, chemistry and biology of the oceans.
TAMPA - It's been four years since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. See what Dr. David Hollander and Dr. Steven Murawski have to say about it. It aired last night April 23, 2014 at 6:30pm and will be on again Sunday morning at 7:30am, WUSF 89.7
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Today is the 6th anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion in the northern Gulf of Mexico. A live stream of the 'Dispatches from the Gulf' will be held today via YouTube at 2pm est and 7pm est.
The documentary highlights research from GoMRI members following the oil spill. If you haven't seen the film, it features USF and C-IMAGE researchers throughout. Especially the summer Mud & Blood sampling cruises aboard the R/V Weatherbird II.
6 years later, USF charting long-term effects of BP oil spill - Tampa Tribune
USF researchers study impact of gulf oil spill - FOX 13 News
Oil spill inspired greater scientific knowledge of Gulf of Mexico - Tampa Bay Times
Hattiesburg, Mississippi - Dr. Inia Soto Ramos grew up in mountainous central Puerto Rico looking forward to the summer holidays to go to the beach.
“I really liked science since I was a kid,” she recalled. “I would look around my house in the mountains for anything to investigate, and I would wait an entire year to get to go to the beach. I was fascinated by the ocean since I was very young.”
Soto Ramos’ interest led her to seek a bachelor’s degree in biology at the University of Puerto Rico. There she began learning about remote sensing using satellite imagery and geographic information systems (GIS). A six-month internship at Western Washington University through the Multicultural Initiative in the Marine Science Undergraduate Program (MIMSUP) in 2003 firmly set her on her path. There she credits Dr. Brian Bingham with not only introducing her to marine science, but also giving her confidence in her research and presentation skills.
“I was hooked after that,” she laughed. “No going back.”
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Patrick Schwing has been featured in Ocean E-News, which is part of Ocean News and Technology. His blog explains the importance of forams, tiny single-cell organisms that live in environments with little oxygen, in understanding impacts from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.