VIDEO OF THE WEEK
Failing Hearts: What Does Heart Failure in a Fish Look Like?
Ed Mager (U Miami) examines larval mahi-mahi to determine oil toxicity in their hearts. The cardiac health of the mahi-mahi impacts its form, function, survival ability, and whether the population can fully recover in the Gulf post-Deepwater Horizon.
PODCAST OF THE WEEK
GulfCast: Using Zooplankton to Detect Oil Contamination in Fish
Jana Herrmann and Carla Culpepper work in USM’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory studying the diets of larval fish. They’re using zooplankton – tiny animals that float in the ocean and feed baby fish – to look for oil contamination in fish populations.
PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Philippine bill seeks to grant nature the same legal rights as humans
“Who speaks up in court for a dolphin or a turtle when its habitat gets polluted?”
“Does an animal even have the right to legal redress in such a case?”
Those are the questions underlying a push by environmental activists and lawyers in the Philippines to expand legal protection for the environment.
Photo courtesy of PMPI.
Science Continually Evolves
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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 study the continuing impacts of Deepwater Horizon 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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