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The Louisiana Community Forum was held at three locations on Saturday, November 19, 2011:

  • Louisiana State University - Baton Rouge
  • Audubon Aquarium of the Americas - New Orleans
  • Sci-Port: Louisiana’s Science Center - Shreveport

During the free public forum, participants heard from experts on topics that relate to ongoing oil spill research i.e. short- and long-term effects of/on basic oil pollution, marine mammals and fisheries. Following the panel presentation, a short question and answer session followed.

Video segments from this event are below:

You can download a printable PDF the PowerPoint presentations that were given by each scientist at the following links:

This program featured the the following experts:

Ed Overton
Dr. Ed Overton

Dr. Ed Overton is professor emeritus of environmental sciences in LSU’s School of the Coast & Environment. He also heads a federal chemical hazard assessment team for oil spills.

His research interests include understanding the fates and distributions of hydrocarbons following an oil spill, the environmental chemistry of hazardous chemicals, and the detection of environmental pollutants at the site of sample collection. He has been active in understanding the fate and effects of petroleum hydrocarbons in marine environments from oil spills since the 1978 Well blowout at the US DOE Strategic Petroleum Reserve West Hackberry Site, flowed by the Amoco Cadiz Tanker wreck and the IXTOC 1 blowout in 1979, the Exxon Valdez wreck in 1989, and currently the Deepwater Horizon fire and blowout in 2010. Dr Overton has given hundreds of interviews concerning the oil spill to international print, radio, and TV media sources including an appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman.

Julie Anderson
Dr. Julie Anderson
  Dr. Julie Anderson is an Assistant Professor and Fisheries Specialist for the LSU AgCenter and Louisiana Sea Grant. Her research investigates the many biotic and abiotic cues and signals marine organisms use to communicate in the marine environment Due to the recent Deepwater Horizon oil spill, a lot of her outreach effort is assisting coastal residents in understanding the spill and promoting seafood safety at the national level.

Lucina Lampila
Dr. Lucina Lampila


Dr. Lucina Lampila is an Associate Professor of Food Science at Louisiana State University. She joined the LSU AgCenter and the Louisiana Sea Grant College Program in October, 2008 after spending 16 years as a technical support specialist in the ingredient manufacturing sector. Prior academic experience includes the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Superintendent/Research Scientist); the Oregon State University Seafood Laboratory in Astoria (Assistant Professor) and the University of California at Davis (Post-Graduate Research Biochemist). She is currently Associate Editor of the HACCP Seafood Compendium and has served on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Aquatic Food Products and the Journal of Muscle Foods. She is an author of over 230 scientific, industry and lay publications.

Her research interests are in the areas of value added seafood products, seafood processing, physico-chemical changes to muscle during processing operations, novel enzyme inhibitors (melanosis) and seafood safety. Her currently funded work includes benchmarking wild caught Louisiana shrimp; developing standardized treatment protocol for value-added products and the development of a voluntary shrimp certification program.

Suzanne Smith
Ms. Suzanne Smith
  Ms. Suzanne Smith is the Animal Stranding Coordinator for the Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans, LA. With the oil spill, she has focused on the rehabilitation of sea turtles that have been injured since the Deepwater Horizon Incident.


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