VIDEO OF THE WEEK
The Wave of the Future
Samantha Joye (UGA) is studying how microbial populations are responding to oil pollution in the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem post-Deepwater Horizon. Dr. Joye is one of thousands of scientists whose research has been funded by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI), as part of the largest interdisciplinary scientific consortium in history. She shares her thoughts on how this collaborative undertaking has stimulated her and her colleagues to be receptive to new ideas and cutting edge technology, broadening their thinking and problem-solving skills.
PODCAST OF THE WEEK
GulfCast: Cynthia Smith: Marine Mammals in the Gulf
Dr. Cynthia Smith (NMMF) is a marine mammal veterinarian. She and her team are responsible for the medical care and well-being of the US Navy’s dolphin population in San Diego. Dr. Smith is applying what she has learned about the Navy’s dolphins to the conservation of their wild counterparts — particularly in the Gulf of Mexico where their population has been struggling with low fertility and failed pregnancies.
PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Just in time for Halloween. It’s Bat Week!
Bats have a creepy reputation, but they are incredibly important. There are more than 1,300 species of bats worldwide, and they all work hard to pollinate fruits and vegetables, spread seeds, and help control populations of pests like mosquitos.
But bats are in danger. Multiple threats including climate change, habitat loss, disease, and even intentional killing, are causing populations of bats around the world to decline.
Photo courtesy of Columbia University – School of Public Health.
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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Stream Dispatches 1+2 and Short Videos
Digital versions of Dispatches 1+2 are available free of charge to educators, librarians, homeschoolers, and community activists.
Dispatches short videos featuring human interest stories and exploring cutting-edge scientific case studies about the Gulf of Mexico are available on YouTube.
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Mensajes del Golfo de México
A Spanish subtitled version of Dispatches 1 is available via streaming.
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