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GulfCast: The “Dispatches from the Gulf” Podcast

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The GulfCast is a podcast that investigates the environmental health of the Gulf of Mexico in the years after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill – the biggest in U.S. history. Today, a global team of scientists from a consortia of academic institutions is working together to protect and restore one of our planet's most valuable natural resources. Their ultimate goal is to learn how to cope with the challenges of future oil spills.

The GulfCast is a podcast that investigates the environmental health of the Gulf of Mexico in the years after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill – the biggest in U.S. history. Today, a global team of scientists from a consortia of academic institutions is working together to protect and restore one of our planet's most valuable natural resources. Their ultimate goal is to learn how to cope with the challenges of future oil spills.
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The GulfCast is a podcast that investigates the environmental health of the Gulf of Mexico in the years after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill – the biggest in U.S. history. Today, a global team of scientists from a consortia of academic institutions is working together to protect and restore one of our planet's most valuable natural resources. Their ultimate goal is to learn how to cope with the challenges of future oil spills.

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English

Contact:

202-364-0055


Episodes

GulfCast Ep. 50 - Saving Science

11/1/2017
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Recent polls have documented that more people then ever before are saying that they do not trust or believe scientists. Sean Powers, John Hildebrand, Kait Frasier, Margaret Leinen, and Tamay Özgökmen share their thoughts on the role science plays in society and what their obligation is to continue to provide objective information about how the world works and what impact humans have on that world — particularly nature.

Duration:00:07:50

GulfCast Ep. 47 - Cynthia Smith: Marine Mammals in the Gulf

10/11/2017
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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.

Duration:00:07:17

GulfCast Ep. 46 - How Plants and Bacteria Work Together to Clean Up Oil

10/4/2017
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Bay Jimmy, Louisiana is one of many small bays in the Mississippi River Delta whose marshes were hit hard by Deepwater Horizon oil. Professor Sunshine Van Bael and her team at Tulane University collect samples from Bay Jimmy to determine how plants and bacteria work together to break down oil and clean up buried pockets in the marshes.

Duration:00:05:40

GulfCast Ep. 43 - The LASER Cruise: Drifters

9/12/2017
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When the Deepwater Horizon oil spill occurred, it was difficult to know where the oil might end up. The LASER team’s goal was to study how the oil spreads out via ocean currents, so they could create predictive models for future spills. Thousand of drifters would be required to execute the experiment, but existing drifters were extremely expensive due to the GPS component. Two years were spent designing specialized drifters into a low-cost, packable version that performs well in the open...

Duration:00:07:09

GulfCast Ep. 37 - Kristen Thyng: Complex Ocean Models

8/2/2017
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Dr. Kristen Thyng is a research professor at Texas A&M University, where she’s put a background in physics and math to study transport modeling of oil in the Texas and Louisiana shelf. Dr. Thyng uses complex models based on thousands of field measurements to run what are called “drifters” through possible ocean current scenarios. Essentially, these models let her make a very educated guess where a message in a bottle — or a patch of oil — would end up if you dropped it anywhere in the Gulf...

Duration:00:04:16

GulfCast Ep. 36 - Tony Amos: Animal Rehabilitation and Recovery

7/26/2017
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Tony Amos, a research fellow at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute, has a unique voice in the story of the Gulf’s health. For nearly 40 years, he has been walking the beaches of Mustang Island, Texas recording data about the species and human disruption that he sees. This work led Amos to start the Animal Rehabilitation Keep (ARK), an organization that rehabilitates and re-releases injured animals. [https://utmsi.utexas.edu/about/facilities/ark]

Duration:00:07:48

GulfCast Ep. 35 - Using Zooplankton to Detect Oil Contamination in Fish

7/19/2017
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Graduate students Jana Herrmann and Carla Culpepper work in the University of Southern Mississippi’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.

Duration:00:04:41

GulfCast Ep. 34 - Piers Chapman: Seeps and Spills: Oil is Natural in the Gulf

7/11/2017
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Dr. Piers Chapman (TAMU) has been studying oil spills for decades and has taken what may be considered a controversial viewpoint about oil spills in the wake of Deepwater Horizon. While he agrees that keeping oil off of beaches and out of marshes is an important part of spill response, he thinks that the best solution for oil in the open ocean is to leave it alone and do nothing.

Duration:00:05:46

GulfCast Ep. 33 - Raffaele Montuoro: Oceanic and Atmospheric Modeling

7/5/2017
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Dr. Rafaelle Montuoro (Texas A&M University) uses super computers to run complex numerical models of oceanic and atmospheric systems — called coupled models — to see how they interact. Although it’s not quite rocket science it is just about as complicated.

Duration:00:05:12

GulfCast Ep. 32 - The Science of Dispersants

6/27/2017
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Dr. Noshir Pesika (Tulane University) and Dr. Claire Paris-Limouzy (University of Miami) are working to understand the effects of dispersants sprayed during the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Dispersants are chemicals meant to help the cleanup effort by breaking oil apart into smaller droplets and keeping it from sticking to other surfaces.

Duration:00:06:51

GulfCast Ep. 31 - Tracey Sutton: Fauna of the Ocean Deep

6/21/2017
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We often think of our planet as well studied and well understood. But even researchers at the cutting edge of the field, like Dr. Tracey Sutton (NSU), have to admit that we know very little about the deep ocean. Sutton and his team have been working for years to better understand the creatures that live in the depths. Below 200 meters things start to get weird.

Duration:00:05:00

GulfCast Ep. 30 - Kendra Daly: From Ixtoc to Deepwater Horizon

6/14/2017
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Oceanographer Kendra Daly tells the riveting tale of barely surviving an emergency research cruise that responded to the Ixtoc blowout in 1979. Violent storms, toxic fumes, and oil fires plagued the trip. Dr. Daly swore she’d never return to the Gulf of Mexico and would certainly never respond to another spill. And then Deepwater Horizon happened, and she had to go back. This episode was recorded during a live event hosted by The Story Collider: Stories About Science.

Duration:00:16:52

GulfCast Ep. 29 - Ernst Peebles: Growing Up with Oil

6/6/2017
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Dr. Ernst Peebles (University of South Florida) remembers his brother’s teeth turning black from working in a Louisiana oil refinery. Through this and other stories, Peebles illustrates his personal connection to the health of the Gulf of Mexico. Hear more of his accounts of growing up surrounded by petroleum production. This episode was recorded during a live event hosted by The Story Collider: Stories About Science.

Duration:00:16:14

GulfCast Ep. 28 - Jim Verhulst: Life Through the Lens of Science

5/30/2017
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Today’s insights are from Jim Verhulst, a journalist and editor at the Tampa Bay Times. Jim has spent his career helping readers make sense of current events, often through the lens of science. But when it came to conceptualizing the magnitude of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Jim himself needed some scientific help. This episode was recorded during a live event hosted by The Story Collider: Stories About Science.

Duration:00:13:37

GulfCast Ep. 27 - Isabel Romero: One Hundred Years of Solitude

5/24/2017
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One Hundred Years of Solitude is a novel by Colombian author Gabriel García Marquéz, which follows an unbreakable cycle of misfortune in a fictional town called Macondo. Macondo is also the name of the oil well where the Deepwater Horizon rig was drilling. Colombian-born oceanographer Dr. Isabel Romero relates the misfortunes in that novel to the disastrous effects of the oil spills she’s seen in Colombia, the Gulf of Mexico, and beyond. This episode was recorded during a live event hosted...

Duration:00:12:39

GulfCast Ep. 26 - Steve Murawski: “I’m a Fish Guy”

5/15/2017
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During an event with The Story Collider: Stories About Science, Dr. Steve Murawski (USF/C-IMAGE) gives a lively and harrowing account of his personal experiences during the Deepwater Horizon disaster. He also shares highlights from his 40-plus year career as a fisheries scientist.

Duration:00:16:52

GulfCast Ep. 25 - Marilyn Weiner: “We’re Not 60 Minutes”

5/10/2017
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Go behind the scenes for the making of the Emmy Award-winning documentary “Dispatches From The Gulf.” Marilyn Weiner, executive producer, shares how the story took shape, the unexpected discoveries, the amazing collaborations between scientists, and the joy that surfaced from the work being done. Here’s a highlight from the intriguing interview with Joan Michelson of Green Connections Radio. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ The complete interview (32 min.) can be heard on Green Connections...

Duration:00:06:56

GulfCast Ep. 24 - Felicia Coleman: “Don’t Let It Get Here Today”

5/3/2017
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Dr. Felicia Coleman, director of the Florida State University Coastal and Marine Laboratory, is often asked if the Deepwater Horizon disaster is this the worst thing that’s ever happened in the Gulf of Mexico. She is clear that the oil spill just added problems to a long list of existing ones, pushing the Gulf towards an ecological tipping point. These obstacles need to be overcome to ensure a resilient and sustainable Gulf.

Duration:00:05:08

GulfCast Ep. 23 - It’s More Like Vietnam Than New Orleans

4/26/2017
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Sandy Nguyen runs Coastal Communities (http://ccc-nola.org), a non-profit that was established to help the people of Southeast Louisiana who were immediately impacted by Deepwater Horizon – particularly commercial fishermen – start the psychological and economic recovery process. The majority of Sandy’s clients are Vietnamese, and she shares how their culture has responded.

Duration:00:06:05

GulfCast Ep. 21 - Joe Montoya: “We Are Explorers”

4/12/2017
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Joe Montoya is a professor of biology at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Growing up in a military family, he had the opportunity to travel and experience different ocean environments around the world. His resulting fascination led to a career in oceanography. Here, Dr. Montoya talks about being part of the scientific team that conducted the earliest Deepwater Horizon experiments just after the well was capped in September 2010.

Duration:00:05:18