Monthly Archives: June 2013

Links Gulf Oil Spill – Ocean Portal (Smithsonian) Oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico impacts the coast at Pass a Loutre, La. Photo was taken on June 2, 2010. (Credit: Office of the Governor of the State of Louisiana)

This web page from the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History’s Ocean Portal – a unique, interactive online experience that inspires awareness, understanding, and stewardship of the world’s Ocean – contains a wealth of information for educators, including lesson plans, materials, and resources on the Gulf oil spill.

Links Underwater video of the event is stored here (Credit: is an online resource for those studying the largest environmental disaster in U.S. history. The site provides an archive of the underwater video of the event, as well as additional tools and resources for educators, scientists, and engineers who are expanding our knowledge of environmental issues. is developed and hosted by Purdue University Read More

Links NOAA Educational Resources Loggerhead Turtle escaping a net equipped with turtle excluder device (TED) (Photo Credit: NOAA)

Education resources are distributed across many websites and program offices at NOAA and on NOAA partner websites. This portal is designed to assist educators in accessing these materials from one centralized interface. The content here is a sampling of NOAA’s education resources and more can be found at each linked location. Materials selected for this Read More

Links Bridge Ocean Education Teacher Resource Center

The Bridge is a growing collection of the best marine education resources available on-line. It provides educators with a convenient source of accurate and useful information on global, national, and regional marine science topics, and gives researchers a contact point for educational outreach. Resources are organized as indicated on the sidebar on the left side Read More

Lesson Plans Coating Deepwater Coral with Sweets 1181_m

Deepwater coral reefs, aptly known as cold-water coral reefs, can be formed by the carbon created when bacteria biodegrade oil from natural seeps nearby. Oil spills can be easily devastating to coral reefs, ranging from the reefs at the surface of the water, directly subsurface, and even cold-water corals.

Publication Highlights Study Finds PAHs in Mississippi Seafood below Levels of Concern Mississippi State Chemical Laboratory residue manager and paper co-author Christina Childers analyzes data from seafood samples for PAH contamination using the Agilent 7000B Triple Quadrupole GC/MS/MS system. (Photo courtesy of Mississippi State University)

Scientists studying oil impacts on fish, shrimp, crab, and oysters from coastal Mississippi waters one year post-spill found PAH levels were below Levels of Concern (LOC) established jointly by NOAA/FDA/Gulf Coast states by “at least 2 orders of magnitude.” They also found that PAH levels were similar to those found in “commonly consumed processed foods Read More

Publication Highlights Study Links Negative Biological Impacts to Oil-Exposed Killifish This representative image of an un-hatched Gulf killifish embryo at 21 days post-fertilization appears underdeveloped, having characteristic features of PAH exposure such as cardiac edema. (Image provided by Benjamin Dubansky)

Scientists from Louisiana State University, University of California-Davis, and Clemson University, studying Deepwater Horizon impacts on killifish from oiled Louisiana estuaries, found that adult fish exhibited genetic responses that indicate physical and reproductive impairment over one year post spill. Laboratory tests on killifish embryos exposed to oiled sediments showed developmental defects.  These results were published Read More