There’s a lot of press happening right now about an “unusual mortality event” underway in the northern Gulf of Mexico involving dead dolphins, particularly young ones (see for examples here, here and here). Much of the drama that drives these stories to the front page arises out of potential links to the Deepwater Horizon oil . . . → Read More: Cold hard data vs warm baby dolphins
Two days ago I posted on the fiasco that characterized Transocean’s recent decision to give out bonuses because of their terrific 2010 safety record. This is despite the Deepwater Horizon even that resulted in a loss of 11 lives. Yesterday Transocean announced that Transocean’s senior management team, led by Chief Executive Officer Steven Newman, announced . . . → Read More: Umm Thanks?
In what will surely take the 2011 Audacity Award Transocean Ltd. made a statement Friday that it had its “best year in safety performance.” O’ no they didn’t! O’ yes Transocean has balls and despite the explosion of its Deepwater Horizon rig that left 11 dead, 9 Transocean employees, and polluting half the Gulf of . . . → Read More: Transocean Has Big Brass Balls
I’ve just wrapped up another whirlwind week in the Gulf of Mexico – a 3-day sampling trip spanning 250 miles of coastline, followed by a weekend workshop for undergrads covering the “Bioinformatics of Biodiversity” As far as sampling, I got what I needed but it wasn’t pleasant. I re-sampled all our existing sites from Dauphin . . . → Read More: Teaching undergrads the ‘Bioinformatics of Biodiversity’
Arminius The year is 9CE. Fourteen years later Pliny the Elder will be Pliny the Newly Born. Cai Lun will invent paper one hundred years later. In Northern Germany a storm unleashes on 30,000 Roman soldiers under the command of Publius Quinctilius Varus. Varus’s most trusted advisor, Arminius, was the son of a Germanic war . . . → Read More: A Tale of Germanic Chieftains and Deep-Sea Corals
Sabrina Canfield at Courthouse News reports: At a scoping meeting last week in Biloxi, Miss., Vietnamese shrimpers said they have pulled up nets full of oil from the seafloor and have had to decide whether to report the oil to the Coast Guard, which would mean dumping their day’s catch, or pretend they don’t see . . . → Read More: Oil Spill Effects Ripple Into Moral Fabric of Gulf Residents
My sporadic posting lately has been due to my ridiculous travel schedule – in the past 2 weeks, I’ve been to New York, Maine, San Diego, and now the Gulf of Mexico. I’m currently on another short sampling trip, and at the end of the week I’ll be lecturing on a ‘Bioinformatics of Biodiversity’ workshop . . . → Read More: Gulf sampling, part deux
View Larger Map Tristan da Cuhna defines the statement “middle of nowhere” at 1500 miles from African and South American continents. A remote island group right in the middle of the Southern Atlantic Ocean would seem unlikely spot for an oil spill. But alas, we humans are a persistent species. Nightingale Island is a biodiversity . . . → Read More: Ship Grounding and Oil Spill at Tristan da Cuhna
I just wanted to remind everyone that BP is still running ads like this on TV. When this came on, my mouth literally dropped and I yelled “Seriously, BP?” I worry that these tug-at-the-heartstring PR campaigns will subtly become more effective as time goes on–time heals all wounds, right? We’re getting barraged with BP’s ads . . . → Read More: Seriously, BP?
Although most of the media has now forgotten about that oil spill thing that happened last year, I’m consistently impressed by strength of ongoing citizen science projects in the Gulf of Mexico. I met Michael Sturdivant by chance last year while I was collecting samples along the Florida panhandle. Michael is heavily involved with the . . . → Read More: Citizen Science to track lingering oil in the Gulf