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GulfCast: The “Dispatches from the Gulf” Podcast-logo

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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United States

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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.

Language:

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. 49 - What We Know Almost Eight Years After The Oil Spill

10/24/2017
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Since 2010, hundreds of scientists have been researching the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Some are optimistic; some less so. But all agree that it is critical to continue to study and monitor the Gulf to understand the full impact in the decades to come.

Duration: 00:08:52


GulfCast Ep. 48 - Marine Snow – Underwater Blizzards

10/17/2017
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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.

Duration: 00:06:26


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. 45 - The LASER Cruise: Calm Seas

9/27/2017
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The seas have calmed and the LASER crew is able to drop the drifters – about a 1,000 in total. Their GPS chips will relay location data back to servers in Miami for the next three months. The data the team collects will go a long way towards improving computer models of ocean currents and hopefully mitigate effects of future oil spills.

Duration: 00:07:22


GulfCast Ep. 44 - The LASER Cruise: Rough Weather

9/20/2017
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The Gulf of Mexico isn’t the stormiest place in the world, but 2016 was an El Nino year and several severe storms that created waves as high as 10 feet rocked the LASER crew. Each member reacted to the extreme conditions differently. Getting seasick together is quite a bonding experience.

Duration: 00:08:29


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. 42 - The LASER Cruise: Meet Eric D’Asaro

9/6/2017
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In January 2016, an international team of scientists assembled for a 31-day research mission to track ocean currents in the Gulf of Mexico and then process the data in the months afterwards. Nicknamed the LASER Cruise, the scope of the project was enormous. So how do you manage such an incredible undertaking with so many facets? You get someone like oceanographer Eric D’Asaro to be your chief scientist.

Duration: 00:05:47


GulfCast Ep. 41 - Kelly Dorgan: Animals in the Sediment

8/30/2017
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Dr. Kelly Dorgan is a senior marine scientist at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab. She and her team are studying the impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on the animals – like clams and worms – that live in the sediments of Louisiana’s Chandeleur Islands. These “muck-dwellers” are crucial to the ecosystem. They regenerate nutrients that create healthy sea grasses and marshes, while also serving as food for fish populations.

Duration: 00:05:22


GulfCast Ep. 40 - Scott Rikard: Oysters in the Gulf

8/23/2017
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Scott Rikard manages the hatchery at Auburn University’s Shellfish Laboratory, which produces millions of oysters every year. Scott and his team cultivate oysters for a variety of purposes — some for research and others for aquaculture farms and wild reefs in the Gulf of Mexico. Their research examines the effects of freshwater releases on oyster populations. The ultimate goal is to help the ecosystem recover which in turn assists the seafood industry.

Duration: 00:06:15


GulfCast Ep. 39 - Kait Frasier: The Whales and Dolphins of the Gulf

8/11/2017
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Dr. Kait Frasier (Scripps Institution of Oceanography) is a pioneer in bioacoustics. She’s part of a research team that is studying how Gulf dolphins and whales are faring since Deepwater Horizon by examining the sounds and calls they make. Using more than six years of underwater recordings, she tracks which species were present at the time of the spill and how they are functioning in their habitat in th present day.

Duration: 00:07:04


GulfCast Ep. 38 - Jon Moore: Discovering New Species

8/9/2017
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Dr. Jon Moore and his team from Florida Atlantic University have been studying animals at six different depths in the Gulf of Mexico — all the way from the surface to about 1500 meters down. Their research has added nearly 70 new species to the list of fish in the Gulf, which can be exciting, but also tricky and tedious — like in the case of the fanged, luminescent viperfish.

Duration: 00:05:21


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

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