Top Coastal Research News Presented at 2016 Ocean Sciences Meeting, Feb. 21-26

BATON ROUGE – LSU researchers will present the latest findings on the most critical coastal and oceanographic issues at the 2016 Ocean Sciences Meeting in New Orleans next week. Seventeen scientific talks, 56 research posters and two press conferences will be presented by LSU researchers at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center from Feb. 21-26.

Experts in coastal land loss and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill will present their research to the media in the following two press conferences.

Combating coastal land loss 
Tuesday, Feb. 23
10 a.m. CST

About 500 million people around the world live on deltas, making coastal land loss one of the biggest social and environmental challenges globally. Perhaps nowhere is the issue more apparent than in Louisiana, which loses about a football field of wetlands every hour. Leading experts in coastal geology, ecology and engineering will present new information about coastal land loss in Louisiana and around the world, and report on new research to potentially address this global problem.

Samuel Bentley, director, LSU Coastal Studies Institute, Baton Rouge, La., USA;
Robert Twilley, executive director, Louisiana Sea Grant, Baton Rouge, La., USA;
James Syvitski, executive director, Community Surface Dynamics Modeling System, University of Colorado-Boulder, USA;
Jaap Nienhuis, postdoctoral fellow, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Tulane University, New Orleans, La., USA.

Sessions: PO14H, MG21A, MG41A, EC41A


Marshes in coastal Louisiana: Five years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill
Tuesday, Feb. 23
11 a.m. CST

Much of the research following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill focused on offshore, deep-water ecosystems, but a group of scientists have been looking at the effects the spill had on coastal marshes – wetlands that have a long history of oil exploration, high rates of erosion and tropical storm activity. A panel of experts will present new information about how salt marshes in coastal Louisiana have responded to the spill. They will discuss the effects on different marsh species like insects and fish, and how the oil has behaved in these areas, including new information that could help scientists track this spill and others.

Ed Overton, professor emeritus, LSU Department of Environmental Science, College of the Coast & Environment, Baton Rouge, La., USA;
Linda Hooper-Bui, associate professor, LSU Department of Environmental Science, College of the Coast & Environment, Baton Rouge, La., USA;
Paola Lopez-Duarte, assistant research professor, Rutgers University Marine Field Station, Tuckerton, N.J., USA.

Sessions: CT24B, HI53B


The press conferences will take place in the Press Room 214 and will be streamed live online. Contact Alison Satake at 510-816-8161 to schedule interviews with LSU scientists.


Keynotes, plenaries and award lectures

The Ocean Sciences Meeting will host a keynote address and several plenary talks and award lectures throughout the meeting including:

  • Lisa Levin, Director of the Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation and Distinguished Professor at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography will speak on "Recognizing Ocean Deoxygenation as a Climate Change Challenge" in the keynote address 6-7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21.
  • Susan Lozier, president of The Oceanography Society and the international lead for the OSNAP (Overturning in the Subpolar North Atlantic Program) observing system, and a panel that includes Nancy Knowlton, the Sant Chair in Marine Science at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. and senior scientist emeritus at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama; LaDon Swann, director of the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium and Auburn University Marine Programs; and Charles A. Wilson III, chief science officer of the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative and emeritus professor in the Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences, LSU, will participate in a  plenary session 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23.

  • Corinne Le Quéré, professor of Climate Change Science and Policy at the University of East Anglia and Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research; and Antje Boetius, professor of Geomicrobiology at the University Bremen, and leader of a joint research group on Deep Sea Ecology and Technology of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research and the Max Planck Institute of Marine Microbiology, will address attendees in a plenary session 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25.

The keynote and plenary sessions will take place in the Great Hall A/B.




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