Thanks for following Solving Petroleum Impacts Legislatively (SPIL), an initiative of the UGA chapter of the Roosevelt Institute, as we travel to Dauphin Island and Mobile, Alabama to to interview stakeholders about the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill! Our team of undergraduate researchers has been working this past semester on policies to address the economic, social, and health impacts of the disaster.
Meet our team:
Anisha Hegde is a freshman from Snellville, GA majoring in genetics. Anisha is researching the coordination of local emergency preparedness.
Dina Abdulhadi is a sophomore from Alpharetta, GA majoring in ecology. Dina is researching the objectivity of science research to be used for ecosystem restoration.
John Rodriguez is a freshman from Savannah, GA majoring economics and English. John is assessing the economic impacts of the spill on local businesses with Trevor.
Jonathan Klein a freshman from Marietta, GA majoring in political science and economics. Jonathon is researching the communication breakdown between local and state officials.
Katherine Garcia is a freshman from Augusta, GA majoring in political science and history. Katherine is researching the long-term impacts and solutions to the environmental problems.
Trevor Wilson is a freshman from Monticello, GA majoring in political science and economics. Trevor is assessing the economic impacts of the spill on local businesses with John.
The trip is led by Matt Sellers, a junior from Perry, GA majoring in English, and Shayna Pollock, a junior from Atlanta, GA majoring in environmental economics and political science.
We are accompanied by our mentor, Dr. Leara Rhodes. Dr. Rhodes is a Professor of Journalism in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia. Dr. Rhodes' research focuses on the role of media in transitional governments.
Follow us this week for trip updates and new information! We are also on twitter at ugaspil.