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An Update on the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Where Is the Oil Now?

Monday, 1 Nov., 10:30–noon
Colorado Convention Center, Four Seasons Ballrooms 2/3

It was the biggest oil spill in U.S. History, so what happened to the oil? The Gulf disaster has all but disappeared from the news.  How much oil is still out there? Where is it? Who is looking for it?  What are the long-term impacts likely to be?


Dawn Lavoie

Dawn Lavoie is the Gulf Coast Science Coordinator for the USGS. In this position, she coordinates science and research activities between the various USGS centers, represents the USGS in interactions with other regional Federal and State agencies and activities, and acts as a liaison between the USGS and the Department of Interior on Gulf Coast affairs. Dawn advised the DOI and FWS on the pros and cons of building berms as an oil mitigation technique. In addition, along with representatives from many other Federal and State agencies, Dawn spent time at the Unified Area Command in New Orleans crafting the Implementation Plan for Sub-sea and Sub-surface Oil and Dispersant Detection, Sampling and Monitoring that is guiding efforts to find and characterize the remaining oil and dispersants from the Deepwater Horizon event.

Prior to coming to the USGS, Dawn spent 20 years as a Research Marine Geologist with the Naval Research Laboratory at Stennis Space Center and a year on detail to the Office of Naval Research as Program Manager for the Marine Geology and Geophysics Program. She has a Ph.D. in Oceanography from Texas A&M University.

You may contact Dawn at:
Dawn Lavoie, Ph.D., Gulf Coast Science Coordinator
USGS Geological Survey, Stennis Space Center, MS 39529
Cell phone: (703) 992 4544, Landline: (228) 688 3296


Rob Young

Rob Young, Director, Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines, Western Carolina University, will introduce speaker Dawn Lavoie, and preside during questions from the audience.

Rob Young is the Director of the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines and a Professor of Coastal Geology at Western Carolina University. He received a BS degree in Geology (Phi Beta Kappa) from the College of William & Mary, and MS degree in Quaternary Studies from the University of Maine, and a PhD in Geology from Duke University where he was a James B. Duke Distinguished Doctoral Fellow. He was on the Faculty at the University of Vermont for two years prior to joining Western Carolina University. Dr. Young has approximately 100 technical publications and he serves on the Editorial Board of three international journals, including the Journal of Coastal Research. He currently oversees more than $2 Million in grant-funded research projects related to coastal science and management. Dr. Young is coastal advisor to the US National Park Service where he was a Sabbatical Fellow in 2004. He is President of Sialia Environmental, Inc— a firm that provides environmental consulting and restoration design.


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