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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 lecture series, You Don't Know What You Don't Know!

Every Thursday at 3pm 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.

Each month, the upcoming lectures will be listed in our Response and Restoration Newsletter (go ahead and subscribe!) and on this page.

Upcoming Lectures

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

June 4: Droplet Size Distribution & Biodegradation with Dr. Michel Boufadel, Professor, New Jersey Institute of Technology.

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

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

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

July 2: NO PROGRAM - Fourth of July break

July 9: Remote Sensing Under Burning Slicks with Dr. Paul Panetta, Chief Scientist, Ohmsett.

July 16: Special Two Hour Program on Corals with Gary Shigenaka, Marine Biologist, NOAA OR&R.

Past Lectures in the Series

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 May. 21, 2020