RECOVER is in Tampa for the 2016 Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science Conference

Friday February 5th – Saturday February 6th

Friday was the first day of the RECOVER all hands meeting. The team was able to reflect on the first year of RECOVER and how much we have learned.

In the evening, the team headed to Ulele restaurant and brewery to eat some good food, taste some fantastic local beer, and learn a little bit about the brewing process.

Saturday was the final day for meetings before everyone left for home excited for the next year of research!

Thursday February 4th

The RECOVER team was at the premiere of Dispatches from the Gulf narrated by Matt Damon. The documentary produced by the team behind the Planet Earth series showcases different researchers and scientists invested in understanding the outcomes of the DWH Oil Spill. It highlights RECOVER work with mahi-mahi at the University of Miami and includes interviews with Martin Grosell, John Stieglitz, and Ed Mager. Look for updates on our site and social media for public screenings near you!


Wednesday February 3rd

Oral Session 07: The Physiological Resiliency of Marine Fish and Invertebrates following Oil Exposure

Recovery is a key metric that needs to be assessed when investigating the long-term ecological impact of an oil spill event. The physiological responses and adaptations of species that inhabit an ecosystem are the primary drivers that facilitate recovery. Fish and invertebrate species comprise a crucial component of the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem as commercially, recreationally, and ecologically important species. Recent publications have highlighted the sensitivity of these species to oil-derived polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) toxicity. In particular, effects on swim performance, development, and sensitivity to UV-radiation have been highlighted. The goal of this session is to communicate advances in science examining physiological responses of marine fish and invertebrates to oil or other natural stressors that may impact their ability to respond to oil. Abstracts submitted to the session should focus on one or more of the following: physiological responses to oil in fish and invertebrates, physiological responses to “natural” stressors that have implications for oil toxicity to fish and invertebrates, advances in technology/techniques that improve scientists’ ability to detect or assess these responses, and/or the ability of these species to physiologically recover from oil toxicity.


Aaron Robers, UNT

Dane Crossley, UNT

Martin Grosell, UMRSMAS


Martin Grosell – Sublethal and often Subtle Impacts of Oil Exposure on Aquatic Animals Can Inform Us of Modes of Action and Long Term Effects

Andrew Esbaugh – Eco-Physiological Implication of Early Life Cardiotoxicity in a Coastal Fish Species, Sciaenops ocellatus

Lauren Sweet – Exposure to Ultraviolet Radiation Increases the Toxicity of Oil to Mahi mahi (Coryphaena hippurus) Embryos

Edward Mager – Effects of Deepwater Horizon Crude Oil Exposure on the Intestinal Transport Physiology of the Gulf Toadfish (Opsanus beta)

Genbo Xu – Genome-wide Transcriptional Responses to Deepwater Horizon Oil in Mahi-Mahi (Coryhaena hippurus) Embryos

Warren Burggren – Epigenetic Transgenerational Inheritance and Its Implications for Organismal Resilience to Oil Spills


Session 011

Benjamin Dubansky, UNT – Oil Vapors from Deepwater Horizon Oil and Altered Development of Avian Embryos

General Poster Session II

Maria Rojas, UNT – Exposure to PAHs during Early Stages of Development of the Chicken (Gallus gallus) Affects Cardiovascular Structure


Tuesday February 2nd

Tuesday is poster day with nine members of RECOVER presenting at the Tampa Convention Center between 5:30 and 7:30PM. Come by and see what we have been working on!

Session 007:

Graciel Diamante, UCR – Effects of 2- and 6- hydroxylated Chrysene on the Development of Danio rerio Embryos

Jason Magnuson, UNT – Mollecular Characterization of Antioxidant Response in Mahi Mahi (Coryphaena hippurus) Embryos Co-exposed to Oil and Ultraviolet Radiation

Lela Schlenker, UM – Foraging Behavior and Predator Prey Interactions of Mahi Mahi (Coryphaena hippurus) Exposed to Crude Oil from the Deep Water Horizon Event

Amanda Reynolds, UNT – OXPHOS Capacity in Mahi Mahi (Coryphaena hippurus) and Sheepshead Minnows (Cyprinodon variegatus variegatus) after Crude Oil Exposure

Derek Nelson, UNT – Hemodynamics throughout Recovery from Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Exposure in Juvenile Mahi Mahi (Coryphaena hippurus)

Session 19A:

Jacob Johansen, UTMSI – Immediate and Prolonged Changes to Swim Performance of Red Drum (Sciaenops ocellatus) following Acute Exposure to Naturally Weathered Crude Oil

Alexis Khursigara, UTMSI – Early Life Sensitivity of Red Drum, Sciaenops ocellatus, to Source and Naturally Weathered Oil

Prescilla Perrichon, UNT – Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in Early Life Stages Impairs Cardiac Development of Three Gulf of Meixco Fishes (Gulf Killfish, Redfish and Mahi-mahi)


Monday February 1st

Outreach Coordinator, Dan DiNicola will be a panelist at the Use of Outreach Tools and Technology in Extension, Outreach, and Education (EOE) Programing discussing the development and use of video on websites. This panel will be part of the Sharing Oil Spill Science with Non-Scientists: Effectively Communicating Complex Research Results through Outreach and Education Programs.

Click here to learn more about the 2016 Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science Conference