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Odum School faculty, students, alumni respond to Gulf oil spill

May. 18, 2012



Local and national media are reporting on Odum School faculty, students, and alumni responding to the Gulf oil spill.

Sept. 20, 2010
Undergraduate ecology major Chassidy Mann, an assistant in the laboratory of marine sciences Professor Samantha Joye, was quoted in an article on the NSF’s Science Nation online journal, called the experience “unparalleled to anything I have ever experienced.”

Hidden oil and gas plumes in the Gulf

Week of June 27 - July 3, 2010
An episode of Georgia Public Broadcasting's "Georgia Outdoors" program looked at the Gulf oil spill and its potential effects.  The show included an interview with associate professor Jeb Byers.

Dark Waters Ahead

June 23, 2010
Georgia Public Broadcasting featured a story about associate professor Jeb Byers' work on coastal oyster reefs.

UGA Studies Oil and Oysters, Rachel Copeland, Georgia Public Broadcasting

June 21, 2010
The Savannah Morning News ran a front page story on associate professor Jeb Byers'  study of oyster reefs, which will help determine whether oil from the Gulf spill reaches the Georgia coast, and will serve as controls to provide profiles of healthy oysters should the oil not reach Georgia.

Oysters act as oil sentinels, UGA researchers say: UGA researchers look to Skidaway and Sapelo reefs to monitor for Gulf spill effects here, Mary Landers, Savannah Morning News

June 17, 2010
The Brunswick News featured a story on the work of Odum School associate professor Jeb Byers, whose study of oyster reefs will help determine whether oil from the Gulf spill reaches the Georgia coast, as well as its effects on the marine food web.

Team studies oysters for clues, Shanessa Fakour ,The Brunswick News

June 9, 2010
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported on the work of Odum School associate professor Jeb Byers, whose documentation of the condition of oyster reefs would serve as a baseline should oil from the Gulf spill reach the Georgia coast.  Byers and his colleagues will also be able to assess the spill’s effects on the marine food web.

Oysters will tell if oil reaches Georgia coast, Ty Tagami, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

June 8, 2010
WWL-TV in New Orleans interviewed Tom Shannon Ph.D. ’07 on the extent and potential impacts of the underwater oil plumes in the Gulf.

Researchers confirm underwater oil plumes from BP spill, Paul Murphy, WWLTV Eyewitness News

June 3, 2010
Jon Stewart’s satirical take on the NBC story featuring Tom Shannon, Ph.D. ’07, ran on the Daily Show.

To Shell and Back

June 1, 2010
Tom Shannon, Ph.D. ’07, was featured as part of team of coastal ecologists from Tulane University looking at impacts of the Gulf oil spill on inland marshes on NBC television.

Video: Onslaught of oil moving further inland
Text: Field notes: Oil seeps deep into marshes, Kerry Sanders, NBC News

May 28, 2010
Odum School associate professor Jeb Byers was quoted in an article on Discovery News, a Web site affiliated with the Discovery Channel television network, in an article about researchers studying the effects of the Gulf oil spill.  Byers, studying oyster beds on Florida’s Gulf Coast, will be looking at the oil spill’s effects on the food web.

Scramble Is on to Gather Data on Oil Spill Effects, Jessica Marshall, Discovery News

The New York Times features a photograph of UGA researchers at work in the Gulf, including Odum School of Ecology undergraduate Chassidy Mann, shown at far right.

Scientists Build Case for Undersea Plumes, Justin Gillis, New York Times

May 17, 2010
A story on Atlanta television station 11Alive quoted Odum School Dean John Gittleman on the impacts of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Video: UGA Scientists Studying Gulf; See Spill Bigger Than We've Been Told
Text: UGA Scientists Studying Gulf; See Spill Bigger Than We've Been Told
, Marc Pickard, 11Alive

May 9, 2010
An article in the Athens Banner-Herald quotes ecology student Georgia Cobb on volunteer efforts to deal with the spill and Odum School associate dean James Porter on the potential impacts of dispersants on marine life.

An urge to do whatever they can as disaster unfolds in gulf: Local volunteers rally to battle oil spill, Lee Shearer, Athens Banner-Herald

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