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Florida Matters: The Gulf of Mexico Three Years After the BP Oil Spill

Fish with lesions, diseased livers and spleens - and parts of the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico coated with a toxic slime. These are some of the things researchers continue to find three years after the Deepwater Horizon well exploded. A team based at the University of South Florida's College of Marine Science has been taking samples in the Gulf to determine the lingering effects of the oil spill. It's called C-IMAGE, which stands for the Center for Integrated Modeling and Analysis of the Gulf Ecosystem. It's a collaboration of chemists, engineers, biologists - even computer scientists. Together, they're trying to figure out exactly what a deep water blowout does to the marine ecosystem - and what to expect in future blowouts.

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Radio Guests

David LevinFreelance science journalist, Mind Open Media
Ari Daniel ShapiroFreelance science journalist, Mind Open Media
Steve MurawskiProfessor of Biological Oceanography, University of South Florida St. Petersburg College of Marine Science
David Hollander Professor of Chemical Oceanography, University of South Florida St. Petersburg College of Marine Science

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Watch this model run to determine the different layers of where the oil plumes are located

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Watch as USF student Liz Herdter extracts ear bones from a red grouper for growth studies during the last C-IMAGE cruise in the northern Gulf of Mexico.

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This video was taken earlier this month in the northern Gulf of Mexico off the research vessel Weatherbird II on a C-IMAGE cruise. A multi-corer is used to recover undisturbed sediments from the ocean floor. See what a multi-corer sees as it is lowered into the Gulf of Mexico to collect sediment samples.



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