The Loop is an audio series about the mud, microbes, and mammals in the Gulf of Mexico following the and oil spills. Researchers are focusing their attention on the Gulf of Mexico in an attempt to find out how the region's ecosystem was affected by these disasters. They've been working to discover what happened to the oil chemically and physically, and learn about its impact on life in and around the Gulf. In this series, learn about the various experiements and studies, and the societal effects of their findings.
For a few dollars more: costs and ecosystem services after spills - Episode 13
David Levin sits down with David Yoskowitz from the Harte Research Institute of Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M Christi to discuss the economics behind oil spill response and recovery. When oil spills are assessed through an economic viewpoint, both environmental and human impacts must be considered to provide a full picture.
MTS TechSurge - Episode 12
The podcast gathers the perspectives of Andrew Ziegwied (ASV Global), Rick Spinrad (Oregon State University), and Susan Roberts (Ocean Studies Board Director) to see what these parallel communities can learn from one another when the next oil spill occurs.
The Cuban Connection: Spills & Science Diplomacy - Episode 11
With scientists from Cuba, Steve Murawski and David Hollander explain their goals and motivations of the first U.S. research cruise to Cuba since the 1960s. Bringing together students and scientists two countries separated by 90 miles who both study the Gulf of Mexico had many challenges, but the results of using science to connect the nations.
The Risks for Fish - Episode 10
What happened to the fish in the days and weeks after the oil spill? With a suite of exposure studies, C-IMAGE researchers are monitoring fish health after oil exposure in order to find out. Dr. Dana Wetzel and Kevan Main of Mote Marine Laboratory give fish a small does of oil through either their food, water, or the sea floor sediments, then analyze how their bodies recover.
Mapping Oil Spills by Satellite - Episode 9
Listen to learn how scientists reanalyzed remotely sensed data taken in the late 1970s to study the oil spill. Dr. Chuanmin Hu and his graduate student Shaojie Sun use the Landsat and Coastal Zone Color Scanner (CZCS) data to develop "treasure maps" of oil from the IXTOC-1 spill to steer field studies. Listen in to find out how they did it.
Return to Ixtoc - Episode 8
"We were of the mind that with studying the in the northern Gulf we weren't getting a full Gulf of Mexico perspective." Geochemist David Hollander is travelling with an international team of scientists aboard a Mexican research vessel. Over the last few years, his team has studied the effects of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill. But today, they're looking back at a spill that happened 35 years ago and what they learn on this trip might help them understand the future of the Gulf. Mind Open Media producer David Levin talks to David Hollander, Joel Ortega Ortíz, Isabel Romero, Adriana Gaytán-Caballero, and Travis Washburn about their experiences on the in the southern Gulf of Mexico during the research on the Ixtoc spill.