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Loyola radio program to focus on effects of oil spill on coastal ecology and biology

Loyola press release - June 14, 2010

On Wednesday, June 16, Craig Hood, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Loyola University New Orleans Biology Department, will discuss the gulf oil spill and its effects on coastal ecology and biology during a special episode of his radio show, “Science Matters.”

The program can be heard live on Loyola’s Internet radio station, Crescent City Radio (www.crescentcityradio.com), from 11 a.m. to noon. For those who can’t catch the show live, they can download it at www.sciencemattersatloyola.com.

“The show will highlight critical things we know about how the spill is affecting offshore marine habitats including invertebrate and fish reproduction; the importance of phytoplankton to the ecological food web; oyster biology basics; wetland sediments, soils, microbes, plants, and animals; and the nesting and feeding behavior of pelicans and other shorebirds,” said Hood.

Hood began the “Science Matters” radio program in January 2009 as a way to bring today’s emerging scientific discoveries to the public through Loyola faculty and students. In doing so, he believes that these groups can make it clear why science matters in today’s society.

For more information about “Science Matters,” visit www.sciencemattersatloyola.com or contact Sean Snyder in Loyola’s Office of Public Affairs at smsnyder@loyno.edu or 504-861-5882.