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Dispatches from the Gulf documentary explores the future of the Gulf
 
Published Tuesday, April 5, 2016 11:00 am
by Jennifer McMenamin

As the five-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon explosion and resulting oil spill nears, the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative is presenting a showing of the documentary Dispatches from the Gulf to the public to inform residents on the present ecological condition and future outlook for the Gulf.  

The documentary features scientists from around the globe and explores their research, which spans from climate variability to marine life to wave and fluid dynamics. The 55-minute film explains how these scientists are working together to understand the environmental impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and how to move forward.

An addition to showing the film, guest speakers Dr. Gary Cecchine and Dr. Natalia Sidorovskaia will hold a question and answer session. Both Dr.s Cecchine and Sidorovskaia are heavily active in research surrounding the Gulf of Mexico and its recovery following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Dr. Gary Cecchine is the Director of Research at RAND Gulf States Policy Institute. He recently led a study of the response to the catastrophic earthquake in Haiti, and he has directed research on the civil support role of the military after natural disasters and terrorist attacks, including an analysis of the Army's role in Hurricane Katrina and other disasters. His current activities include supporting research to protect the U.S. Gulf Coast from disasters by planning economically and ecologically sound prevention strategies.

Dr. Natalia Sidorovskaia is the Director of LADC-GEMM (Littoral Acoustic Demonstration Center Gulf Ecological Modeling and Monitoring) Consortium and a Professor of Physics at University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Her research interests include ocean acoustics and signal processing leading to the understanding of sound propagation and scattering in the ocean, marine mammal acoustic communication and interaction with environment, impact of humans and climate changes on oceanic ecosystems. She has been actively involved in studying Gulf of Mexico whales by means of passive acoustic monitoring since 2001.

The documentary showing and question and answer session will be held at Sci-Port Discovery Center on Thursday, April 7 from 7-9 p.m. The event is free to all and is made possible by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative. Families, students and community groups are all encouraged to attend this free, educational event.

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