Changing Seas Documentary

USF’s oil spill research to be featured in a public television series beginning Thursday with a sneak preview and web chat.



By Vickie Chachere

USF News


TAMPA, Fla. (June 20, 2011) - Changing Seas, an original production of Miami’s public television station WPBT2will host a live online preview event of After The Spill, the series’ latest episode focusing on last year’s Gulf of Mexico oil spill.  


During the screening on Thursday, June 23 at 7:30 p.m. (EST), viewers will have the rare opportunity to chat live with University of South Florida scientists featured in the program at


The documentary will highlight USF oceanographers and their ongoing study of the long-term effects the disaster might have on marine ecosystems. USF researchers were among the first academic scientists to respond to the 2010 Macondo well spill and made significant discoveries on the disaster, including the formation of deep-sea plumes of degraded oil and oil contamination of Gulf sediments.


Earlier this year, Changing Seas producer Alexa Elliot and videographer Jeremy Nicholson  joined USF researchers on an expedition aboard the R/V Weatherbird II to the DeSoto Canyon, one of the Gulf’s deepest regions where scientists have charted the plumes settling onto the canyon walls in a “dirty blizzard” of hydrocarbons and biological material. Researchers are continuing to analyze how that contamination will impact the Gulf food chain from its base on up to the fish and shellfish important to the region’s commercial fishing industry.


Watch the trailer for “After the Spill” here. The documentary is narrated by Peter Thomas, the familiar voice behind Monday Night Football commercials, Nova and Forensic Files.


The program will be broadcast on WPBT2 on Tuesday, June 28 at 7:30 p.m., and starting June 29 will also be available for viewing on the WPBT2 Video Player at: