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As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the NMEA 2020 Annual Conference has been postponed until July 12–16, 2021.
This online-only event will be available as a Zoom webinar and via Facebook Live. The format each event will be three individual presentations followed by a live question and answer session with all three speakers. Scroll down for details.
Oil is a complex mixture of chemicals and begins to transform the moment it enters the marine environment. Join us for this free webinar and learn from our guest speakers about the chemical makeup of oil, its evolution and breakdown.
Speakers and topics below.
- Oil: What is it made of and how do we detect it in the environment?
Edward B. Overton, Ph.D., Louisiana State University
- How do microbes break down oil and oil-based compounds in the environment?
Joel Kostka, Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology
- How does oil break down and evolve with exposure to sunlight?
Collin Ward, Ph.D., Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
This online event will be available as a Zoom webinar and via Facebook Live. The format will be three individual presentations followed by a live question and answer session with all three speakers. Scroll down for details.
Speakers, below, will cover marine snow and the role it played before, during, and after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
- Antonietta Quigg, Associate Vice President for Research & Graduate Studies, Texas A&M University Galveston, Marine snow and MOSSFA
- Kai Ziervogel, Director of Ocean Process Analysis Laboratory, University of New Hampshire, Fate of sinking marine snow and marine oil snow
- Kendra Daly, Professor, University of South Florida, Environmental impacts of marine snow
This three-part online-only series will be available as a Zoom webinar and via Facebook Live. The format each event will be three individual presentations followed by a live question and answer session with all three speakers. Scroll down for details.
Oysters perform many essential roles to help maintain a healthy Gulf. Life as an oyster has many challenges. This webinar series will discuss the importance of oysters, a variety of threats to the oysters, how responds efforts affect them, and how farmers, resources managers and scientists are working to help resilience.
Part I: The role of oysters in our estuarine ecosystem and the threats facing them – June 25, 10:30-11:30 am central.
- Ms. Sara Pace, University of Southern Mississippi, Oysters 101- Overview of oyster life cycle and importance to ecosystems and humans; vulnerabilities at multiple life stages
- Dr. Sean Powers, University of South Alabama, How fresh water/salinity from spillway release/management actions impact oysters
Part II: Increasing resilience of wild and farmed oysters before, during, and after an oil spill – July 27, 2020, 1 pm CST/2 pm EST. Registration now open.
- Dr. Bill Walton, Auburn University, Strategies to improve the resilience of wild and farmed oysters before and after an oil spill
- Jason Herrmann, Alabama Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources, How natural resource managers prepare for and respond to oil spills
- Dr. Joe Fox, Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, Texas oyster mariculture development
Part III: How spill response decisions affect oysters – Coming in August.
OCEANDOTCOMM is a collaborative, storytelling, social media event hosted by the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON). This multiday, residential event is geared toward energetic and dedicated science communicators from any background that want to innovate new models in science communication and be part of the greatest science narratives ever told.
More info at https://lumcon.edu/oceandotcomm/
The Bays and Bayous Symposium will be held Dec. 1-3 at the Golden Nugget Biloxi Hotel and Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi. The theme for the 2020 event is “Sound Science, Sound Policy: A 2020 Vision for the Future.” Bays and Bayous will formally begin at noon on Tuesday, Dec. 1, and end at noon on Thursday, Dec. 3.
Additional topical workshops will be held on Monday, Nov. 30; before the event begins on Tuesday, Dec. 1; and after the symposium concludes on Thursday, Dec. 3.
The symposium focuses on (but is not limited to) coastal science research, education and outreach in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Scientists from universities, NGOs and government agencies share their research findings at the event, and leaders from coastal municipalities showcase their resilience and conservation efforts. Educators and extension professionals also present their research and successful outreach efforts. Popular topics at the symposium include oil spill impacts, habitat management and restoration, climate and hazard resilience, living resources, and water quality and supply.
Typically, the symposium includes 150-200 poster and oral presentations, and the event is known as a networking opportunity for the 350-450 coastal science professionals and students who attend. The symposium also includes special awards for top student presenters.
The 2020 Bays and Bayous Symposium website will be updated throughout the planning process as more information becomes available.
The State of the Coast (SOC) Conference is the largest state-wide conference of its kind providing an interdisciplinary forum to exchange timely and relevant information on the dynamic conditions of Louisiana’s coastal communities, environment, and economy.
NMEA’s mission is to make known the world of water both fresh and salt, and our annual conference brings together formal and informal marine educators from around the world to promote awareness and education of the global marine environment. The conference draws education professionals from schools and universities, aquariums and science centers, non-profit NGOs, and government agencies together for five days of learning, sharing, and networking.