LA - Associate professor of Biology co-authors chapter in new conservation guidelines for Gulf

On the 10-year anniversary of the Gulf of Mexico Deepwater Horizon disaster, “Strategic Bird Monitoring Guidelines for the Northern Gulf of Mexico,” the first comprehensive, Gulf-wide monitoring framework for birds that provides a reference for everyone involved in conserving, protecting, and monitoring birds in the region, has been published.

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill was an industrial disaster that began on April 20, 2010, and is considered to be the largest marine oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry. The new monitoring guidelines will aid bird conservation in the Gulf.

Louisiana Tech Associate Professor of Biological Sciences Dr. Terri Maness co-authored the guideline’s chapter concerning Avian Health in what has been a labor of many years of work by dozens of individuals supported by their agencies and organizations.

“These guidelines are intended to identify data gaps and uncertainties in our current state of knowledge of bird-habitat conservation along the northern Gulf of Mexico,” Maness said. “Our hope is that this report will guide future bird monitoring efforts and decision making in the region.”

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