VIDEO OF THE WEEK
Meet Chuck Wilson
Chuck Wilson grew up fishing and crabbing in the Chesapeake Bay and at Maryland beaches. Those experiences sparked an early fascination with the aquatic world, which, eventually, led him to pursue a PhD in Fisheries Science. Armed with that degree, he forged what became a prestigious academic career at Louisiana State University as a professor of oceanography, provost, director of the Sea Grant program, and author of more than 100 scholarly articles and papers.
After the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Dr. Wilson was a natural choice for chief scientific officer of the newly formed Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI). In this role, he assumed the massive responsibility of coordinating of the collective of research grant recipients, academic institutions, and outreach specialists, who ensure that the resulting science is seen and understood by the general public.
PODCAST OF THE WEEK
GulfCast: Scott Rikard: Oysters in the Gulf
Scott Rikard manages the hatchery at Auburn’s Shellfish Laboratory, which produces millions of oysters every year. He and his team cultivate oysters for research that examines the effects of freshwater releases. Their goal is to help the ecosystem recover.
PHOTO OF THE WEEK
A Year’s Worth of Surprising and Poignant Nature Photos
The shortlisted entries for the annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest spotlight stunning, remote slices of nature while also detailing the role humans have in shaping the natural world.
Photo courtesy of Thomas P. Peschak.
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.
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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Host a Dispatches screening at schools, libraries, universities, science centers, museums, community centers, or environmental organizations — especially around the anniversary of Deepwater Horizon (April 2018). Guest speakers and panelists can be arranged.
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Supporting Dispatches educational materials including leaders’ guides, lesson plans, transcripts, posters, and student resources are available for download.
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Mensajes del Golfo de México
A Spanish subtitled version of Dispatches 1 is available via streaming.
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