Dispatches E-News: A Legacy of Collaboration, Spock & Keep Your Sea Beautiful (12/05/18)

A Legacy of Collaboration

Oceanographer Uta Passow is part of a team studying the effects of the Deepwater Horizon blowout on the deep ocean. Post-spill, the marine snow transported oil and dispersants to the seafloor, leaving behind an area of oiled sediments the size of Delaware. The team’s goal is to predict transportation mechanisms for oil to the seafloor, so that responses can be more effective for future spills.

The GoMRI consortium has bonded a community of scientists who will continue to connect and work together to understand, respond to, and mitigate the impacts of petroleum pollution.


GulfCast: Mr. Spock Meets Deepwater Horizon

Chris Reddy, senior scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, describes what it was like to be an eyewitness to the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history. Chris also explains why he’s such a big fan of Star Trek hero Mr. Spock. But first he talks about a relative who inspired him to become a scientist.


Meet Greece’s Marine Trash Collectors Diving To Keep Their Sea Beautiful

George Sarelakos emerges from the sea lugging a giant tire. Another two divers surface — with a shopping cart and a netted bag bulging with a cassette player, cans, and lots of plastic. It takes six more people to heave this all onto the main pier of the Greek island of Poros.

“People throw everything down there that they throw away at home,” says Sarelakos, a 39-year-old management consultant. In early 2017, he founded the volunteer diving team Aegean Rebreath, which removes trash from Greek seas. “And because it’s under the sea, it’s invisible to them.”

Photo courtesy of Joanna Kakissis.


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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