VIDEO OF THE WEEK
Meet John Farrington
John Farrington, dean emeritus at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, found his passion for science early: During his childhood in The Whaling City, New Bedford, Massachusetts, he developed a fascination with the work of Marie Curie, which intersected with a reverence for the fishing legacy of his hometown. Ultimately, Dr. Farrington earned his doctorate in oceanography at the University of Rhode Island and has spent his career researching organic chemicals in marine environments.
PODCAST OF THE WEEK
GulfCast: Uta Passow
Marine snow is made up of particles of tiny algae, plants, feces, and pieces of dead animals. These particles get colonized by organisms and become the food web that is transported to the deep ocean. Biological oceanographer Uta Passow’s research focuses on how oil affects marine snow and how marine snow affects oil.
PHOTO OF THE WEEK
The $68,000 Fish
All over the Columbia River watershed that stretches across seven states and one Canadian province, tens of millions of salmon had once coursed upstream from the Pacific Ocean each year to spawn. But in the 1860s, gold mining and timbering had begun to silt up the high mountain spawning beds, covering and suffocating their eggs…
Photo Courtesy of the University of Washington.
Science Continually Evolves
Science continually evolves. To see the latest research updates on topics in this newsletter, please visit the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative web site.
The Story of GoMRI
Not long after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster, the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) was created. Designed to fund an investigation of the largest offshore oil spill in history, GoMRI quickly became one of the most successful research collaborations in marine science history. Today, as the initiative’s efforts draw to a close, the breadth of research is unprecedented. It’s an amazing story—one that started with a single phone call.
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The Dispatches from the Gulf Documentaries
In the aftermath of Deepwater Horizon, 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. Follow them over 10 years of remarkable research.
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