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Episode 304: After the Spill

The catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010 may no longer make headline news, but the story is far from over. Oceanographers continue to study the long-term effects this disaster might have on marine ecosystems. Among them are the scientists from the College of Marine Science at the University of South Florida, who have been studying the impacts of this spill from the beginning. Experts are analyzing water and sediment samples for hydrocarbon presence and toxicity and are studying the long-term effects the spill might have on a number of marine species. What impacts will low-level, chronic toxicity from oil and dispersants have on the environment? How long until the true extent of this disaster will be known?


Meet the experts featured in this episode.

Special Thanks:


Hotel Indigo
234 Third Avenue North
St. Petersburg, Florida 33701
(727) 822-4814

Hampton Inn &
Suites Islamorada
80001 Overseas Highway
Key Largo, FL 33037
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Image Credits

Changing Seas would like to thank the following individuals and institutions who kindly allowed their footage, images and other media to be used in this production:

ABCNEWS VideoSource

Alaska Resources Library and Information Services (ARLIS)

Assure Controls, Inc.

Department of Marine Sciences
The University of Georgia

EXXON VALDEZ Oil Spill Trustee Council

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Fish & Wildlife Research Institute

NASA/GSFC, MODIS Rapid Response

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Department of Commerce

Specialist 1st Class Michael Watkins
United States Air Force

PBS NewsHour

USF College of Marine Science

Ocean Circulation Group

Brian Zielinski
Ernst Peebles
Kendra Daly
University of South Florida

U.S. Coast Guard:
Petty Officer 1st Class Matthew Belson
Petty Officer 3rd Class Tom Atkeson
SSgt. Jose Contreras
Daniel Wilson
Shawn Eggert
Richard Brahm
Lt. Cmdr. Paul Rooney
Petty Officer 3rd Class Stephen Lehmann

United States Navy:
Specialist 2ndClass Justin Stumberg
Specialist 1st Class Woody Paschall

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Special Thanks:

Vickie Chachere

Brian Donahue

Crew of the Weatherbird II

Metcalf Institute for Marine
& Environmental Reporting

Scott Miles
Louisiana State University

Mandy Joye
University of Georgia

Bill Evelyn
University of Georgia

Ian MacDonald
Florida State University

Paula Scott
FWC/ Fish & Wildlife Research Institute

Patti Parson
Rebecca Jacobson
PBS NewsHour

Web Extras

"After the Spill" web extra                                  

Tour the R/V Weatherbird II                                

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