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Deep coral impacts

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Investigators funded by NOAA, BOEM, USGS, Census of Marine Life and NSF find impacts of DWH oil spill on deep sea coral ecosystems near the well site-- news at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=123555&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click;  publication at http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2012/03/23/1118029109.full.pdf+html?sid=97130868-7d9b-440f-8d04-618c0157813c.

Andy Shepard is former director and advisor for the Gulf of Mexico Research Collaborative (www.gomurc.org).  Previous experiences include: National Undersea Research Center at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, as Science Director, marine operations specialist, chief scientist on undersea expeditions, and Center Director (2004-2008); 2008-2011-- Associate Director, Cooperative Institute for Ocean Exploration, Research and Technology at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, Fort Pierce, FL.  His research interests include: advanced undersea research technologies for ocean ecosystem studies; research, monitoring and management of benthic habitats and associated living resources; and assessment of fishing gear performance and environmental impacts.
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