Dispatches E-News: Enduring Impacts, Seeps & What’s Right (or Wrong) with Shark Week? (08/01/18)

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK
Coastal Communities and Marine Ecosystems Still Impacted by Deepwater Horizon

Years after Deepwater Horizon, oil is still impacting coastal communities and marine ecosystems. The scientific community is working together to push the boundaries of what they have learned about oil spills and what still needs to be discovered. Their efforts represent one of the most remarkable collaborations in the history of marine science. And their findings will help mitigate the impacts of future spills, as we continue to drill ever deeper for oil.

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PODCAST OF THE WEEK
GulfCast: Piers Chapman: Seeps and Spills

Dr. Piers Chapman (TAMU) has been studying oil spills for decades and has taken what may be considered a controversial viewpoint about oil spills in the wake of Deepwater Horizon: While he agrees that keeping oil off of beaches and out of marshes is an important part of spill response, he thinks that the best solution for oil in the open ocean is to leave it alone and do nothing.

[LISTEN HERE]


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PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Scientists Explain What’s Right and Wrong with Shark Week

Shark Week has elevated science and has inspired the next generation of marine biologists.

The Discovery Channel’s annual bonanza of shark documentaries celebrates its 30th anniversary. It’s the longest-running series on cable, and that longevity has given it a prime role in pop culture and public understanding of shark science. But its legacy is a mixed bag. Find out what scientists say about the series’ good, bad, and sometimes ugly influence.

Photo courtesy of Discovery Channel/AP.

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Dispatches from the Gulf 1: Science • Community • Recovery
In the years after Deepwater Horizon – the biggest offshore oil spill in U.S. history – a global team of scientists is working together to understand its environmental impact on humans, wildlife, and the ecosystem with the ultimate goal of learning how to better cope with future oil spills.
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Dispatches from the Gulf 2: Research • Innovation • Discovery
Experience remarkable stories from the unprecedented scientific mission to comprehensively study the impact of Deepwater Horizon and find new ways to ease the devastation. Includes the never-before-documented drama of bottlenose dolphins struggling to survive, and the capture of one of the world’s largest predatory sharks.
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Dispatches is made possible by a generous grant from the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI).
Additional funding provided by the Wallace Genetic Foundation and the Farvue Foundation.


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