2011 Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists

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Coastal Impacts: Lessons Learned from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

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Click on the photo to read a profile of 2011 Annual Workshop alumna Jacopo Passoti (far right)

13th Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists
June 12-17, 2011
Narragansett, RI
URI Graduate School of Oceanography

Metcalf’s Annual Science Immersion Workshop is a comprehensive, hands-on learning experience that gives journalists an opportunity to explore and understand the impacts of global change in coastal ecosystems.  The fellows, selected from a highly competitive pool of applicants, learn how to analyze scientific data in and around Narragansett Bay and sharpen their investigative reporting skills at one of the nation’s leading oceanographic research institutions.


Unlike most years, the 2011 workshop focused on emerging research related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill as part of series of Metcalf Institute programs devoted to understanding effects of the oil spill. During the six-day workshop on Rhode Island’s beautiful Narragansett Bay, fellows:

  • Conducted a fisheries survey aboard the URI research vessel, Cap’n Bert
  • Investigated the biogeochemistry of coastal wetlands and their role as ecosystem indicators
  • Explored molecular techniques for detecting pollutants’ effects on marine biodiversity
  • Attended lectures featuring top national researchers, policy makers and science communicators
  • Discussed the Natural Resource Damage Assessment process and legal implications of the spill
  • Discovered new story ideas and expanded reporting portfolios
  • Experienced off-deadline interaction with scientists and cultivated contacts for future reporting

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This program supported by Grant No. 1055381 from the National Science Foundation.

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