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OR&R Lecture Series: You Don't Know What You Don't Know

Poster for the lecture series "You Don't Know What You Don't Know."

Welcome to OR&R’s online lecture series, You Don't Know What You Don't Know!

Every Thursday at 3 p.m. ET, an expert presents on a topic related to emergency spill response, environmental protection and sometimes beyond. Topics will range from booms to birds, burning to bacteria, satellites to submarines. The goal of the series is to provide a larger, more diverse audience to presentations and lectures recently given at meetings or conferences.

The lecture speakers are specialists from federal/state government, academia, and industry. The presentation format is a 45-minute (or shorter) lecture via Adobe Connect, followed by 15 minutes of questions submitted on the Q&A (chat) function of Adobe Connect.

Join the lectures via Adobe Connect:

While our target audience is the professional spill planning/response and environmental science community, others are welcome to join.

This page will be updated with the upcoming lectures. Note: Effective Sept. 24, 2020, the lectures will move to a monthly schedule.

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Upcoming Lectures

November 19: OHMSETT Wave Test Tank: Overview, Recent Activities, and Future Plans with Dr. Tom Coolbaugh, Program/Facility Manager for Ohmsett, the national oil spill response research and renewable energy test facility.

December 17: Topic and Speaker to be determined.

Past Lectures in the Series

October 15: Harmful Algal Blooms with Quay Dortch, PhD, Senior Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) Scientist, NOAA.

September 24: The History of Oil Spills with NOAA OR&R's Senior Marine Biologist Gary Shigenaka.

September 17: Movement of Sunken Oil with Missy Gloekler, PhD candidate, University of New Hampshire.

September 10: Crisis Leadership - Lessons Learned From A Few Great Leaders in the Navy, the Coast Guard, and at NOAA with Tim Gallaudet, Ph.D., Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy (Ret.), NOAA.

September 3: Catch and Release Whaling: Using advanced technologies to investigate the underwater behavior of humpback whales with Dr. David Wiley, NOAA Stellwagen Bank Marine Sanctuary.

August 27: Invasive Pacific Lionfish: A Threat to Atlantic Reef-Fish with Dr. Mark Albins, University of South Alabama, Marine Science Department.

August 20: Design and installation of a successful containment system—successfully capturing over 1,000 gallons per day—with Tim Couvillion, Couvillion Group.

August 13: NOAA-BSEE subsurface oil source and flow characterization survey—and the successful development and installation of the containment system—with Andrew Mason, NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS).

August 6: Decision Making in the Face of Weather Hazards with Dr. Kevin Kloesel, Director of the Oklahoma Climate Survey and University Meteorologist for University of Oklahoma.

July 30: Effects of Oil on Wildlife and Rehabilitation with Michelle Knapp, Oil Programs Manager, Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research, Inc. Note: Some of the wildlife images in this presentation contain graphic content. View discretion is advised.

July 23: Adding Insult to Injury: Marine Debris Following Natural Disasters with Dr. Caitlin Wessel and Amy Gohres, NOAA OR&R Marine Debris Program.

July 16: Special Two-Hour Program - Corals: Threats, Restorations, and Hope for the Future. The program, hosted by NOAA OR&R's Senior Marine Biologist Gary Shigenaka, will be a conversation with four renowned experts on the life and times of corals, threats posed by oil and physical damage, restoration of reefs, and hope for the future: Jennifer Moore, NOAA; Dr. Abby Renegar, NOVA Southeastern University; Greg Challenger, Polaris Applied Science; Dr. David Vaughan, Plant a Million Corals.

July 9: Remote Sensing Under Burning Slicks with Dr. Paul Penetta, Chief Scientist, OHMSETT. Development of high resolution slick thickness measurements from ROV platforms and oil volume measurements for in situ burning and remote sensing.

July 2: NO PROGRAM - Fourth of July break

June 25: Remote Sensing, GIS, and Modeling in Texas with Steve Buschang, Director of Research and Development/Scientific Support Coordinator, Texas General Land Office.

June 18: Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) Releases with Dr. Bill Lehr, Scientist Emeritus, NOAA OR&R.

June 11: Sunken Oil Mats with Dr. Jacqui Michel, President/Geochemist, Research Planning, Inc.

June 4: Droplet Formation and Transport due to Blowouts and Waves with Dr. Michel Boufadel, Professor, New Jersey Institute of Technology.

May 28: Modeling Drifting Whales with Dr. Chris Barker, Oceanographer, NOAA OR&R.

May 21: Using herding agents to corral oil and a remotely controlled jet-ski to ignite it with Dr. Tim Nedwed, Researcher, Exxon/Mobil - Promising new uses for existing technology.

May 14: Oil Detection Canines with Ed Owens, Owens Coastal Consultants, Ltd. Dogs can detect drugs, but did you know they can find buried oil, too?

May 7: Historic Subsea Pollution Potential - "Case History & State of the Art: Removing the oil threat from sunken ships" with Aaron Jozsef, Resolve Marine.

April 30: Satellite Detection of Oil Slicks: A New Science, A New Skill, A New Tool with Ellen Ramirez, Satellite Analysis Branch, Marine Pollution Surveillance Program, NOAA NESDIS (National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service).

Send your comments, questions, and lecture suggestions!

We welcome ideas for additional topics, speaker suggestions, and comments. Please consider presenting on a topic from your area of knowledge, skills, or expertise. Or, suggest a presentation that you watched and particularly enjoyed. Send your ideas to the lecture planning team at

We look forward to you joining us!


Last updated Thursday, October 22, 2020 1:05pm PDT