Join the COAST Team
Community Outreach for Accurate Science Translation
Three years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill many questions remained about the impact of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill on the Mississippi Sound and its fisheries. Scientists at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Ocean Springs, Mississippi and Skidaway Institute of Oceanography in Savannah, Georgia, are exploring how oil and dispersants affect the growth of commercially important blue crabs and ecologically important grass shrimp. To help with the project and communicating the results, they recruited a team of commercial and recreational fishermen, seafood industry professionals, naturalists, teachers and other interested members of the public - the COAST Team.
Members of the COAST team spent six Saturdays in the classroom, in the lab, and in the field, assisting scientists in understanding how oil and dispersant might have changed grass shrimp and crab molting.
Equipped with this experience COAST team members became an information and education resource to the coastal community. The team is sharing their newly earned knowledge to ensure their neighbors and colleagues understand how recent research is changing our understanding of oil impacts and Mississippi Sound ecology. The first step in that process was a half-day program of presentations and demonstrations for the public on June 1, 2013 at The Mary C O'Keefe Cultural Center of Art and Education in Ocean Springs. Each COAST Team member will also make at least one individual presentation to a local group during 2013.
If you have questions of want more information, contact Aaron Lamey in the Marine Education Center at Aaron.Lamey@usm.edu or 818-8861 for further information.
COAST Team Video
WLOX Story and Video
January 23, 2013 - "Gulf Coast Research Lab recruiting 'citizen scientists'"
The Science of the Spill - This web site is a companion to three Mississippi Public Broadcasting (MPB) television broadcasts titled The Science of the Spill. The project was conducted by University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL), Mississippi Public Broadcasting, and Mississippi State University with funding from a National Science Foundation rapid response grant. The three MPB programs are available for online viewing, along with additional interviews with scientists involved in oil spill research. There is an extensive bibliography.