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Episode 1202: A Decade After Deepwater

Ten years after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster, scientists are still studying the devastating impacts on the Gulf of Mexico. The resulting spill became one of the largest environmental catastrophes in U.S. history. Where did the oil go? Have the deep-sea corals recovered from the “dirty blizzard” which fell to the seafloor during the spill? Did widely applied dispersants help or hurt the oil-eating bacteria they are meant to assist? As researchers work to answer these questions and others, they also look ahead to what may happen next, and use lessons learned to prepare for the next big spill.


Meet the experts featured in this episode.

Special Thanks:


Kim Hunter, Josh Parrish, and Rachel Steffen
Joye Research Group, University of Georgia

Alexandria Margolin
Cordes Laboratory, Temple University

Robin Faillettaz, Ph.D.
University of Miami Physical-Biological Interactions Laboratory

Christopher Childs, Rebecca Beeler, and Emily Davenport
University of Georgia

Kristen Kusek, Kathy Sowers, and Sherryl Gilbert
USF College of Marine Science

Diana Udel
University of Miami Rosenstiel School

Christopher Vito and Morgan Zalot
Temple University

Leslie Smith
Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative

Ivan Hurzeler

Susan Poulton

Patricia Smith

Samantha Wishnak and Tim Burbank
Ocean Exploration Trust/EV Nautilus

Jayne Doucette
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Mimi deGruy and Harry Rabin

Scott Socolofsky, Ph.D.
Texas A&M University

Web Extras

Behind the Scenes - Dr. Claire Paris
Behind the Scenes - Dr. Erik Cordes

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