The Oiled Wildlife Care Network spends much of its time focusing on Readiness, Response and Reaching Out. But sprinkled into our daily thoughts, and monthly projects include a healthy dose of Research. This aspect will be highlighted next week, as we virtually host our Scientific Advisory Committee for its annual meeting to review numerous full and small grant proposals. (Click here to learn more about our OWCN Competitive Grants Program)
The OWCN Scientific Advisory Committee includes scientifically qualified individuals from academia, the oil industry, rehabilitation organizations and other research institutions. The Committee reviews completed research and technology development proposals in advance, and then gathers annually to evaluate their scientific merit and quality. To date, the Committee has awarded over $4.5 million of grant funds to more than 190 scientifically meritorious studies.
The core goals of the Competitive Grants Program include:
- Improve Animal Care
- Assess Wildlife Health
- Determine Wildlife Population Information that Aids in Caring for Oiled Wildlife
- Develop New Technology for Oiled Wildlife Care
Projects supported by this program have included both basic research and applied research projects. The OWCN supports both large-scale research projects, which require more than $15,000 per year for up to three years, and small or pilot projects, which require less than $15,000 for one year of funding. Click here to see some of our previously funded grants.
And in the spirit of scientific research, we wanted to highlight a few recent publications and articles, our last OWCN Town Hall that focused on this very topic and a fantastic spring seminar series hosted by one of our Member Organizations, the Estuary and Ocean Science Center!
- Exposure to domoic acid is an ecological driver of cardiac disease in southern sea otters
Megan E. Moriarty, M. Tim Tinker, Melissa A. Miller, Joseph A. Tomoleoni, Michelle M. Staedler, Jessica A. Fujii, Francesca I. Batac, Erin M. Dodd, Raphael M. Kudela, Vanessa Zubkousky-White, Christine K. Johnson
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- NMR Metabolomic Analysis of Skeletal Muscle, Heart, and Liver of Hatchling Loggerhead Sea Turtles (Caretta caretta) Experimentally Exposed to Crude Oil and/or Corexit
Bembenek-Bailey, S.A.; Niemuth, J.N.; McClellan-Green, P.D.; Godfrey, M.H.; Harms, C.A.; Gracz, H.; Stoskopf, M.K.
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- Sea lions are dying from a mysterious cancer. The culprits? Herpes and DDT – LA Times
- OWCN Town Hall #4: Funded and Mentored Research Program (recording)
- The Rosenberg Institute Seminar Series
Lastly, we wish to provide a huge Thank You to our dedicated Scientific Advisory Committee members for lending us their expertise and support! Science is work in progress, and I can’t wait to see what we discover next.