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Emily Callahan
Emily Callahan is an oceanographer and environmental scientist. In 2011 she worked in the Gulf of Mexico under contract with British Petroleum on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Her work in the Gulf analyzing the oil spill, and the development of the oil and gas industry sparked her current research interest in the Rigs-to-Reefs program. After spending time as an environmental consultant, Emily is currently pursuing her graduate degree at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

Entries by Emily Callahan

The Realities of Decommissioning an Active, Offshore, Oil-producing... Skyscraper

(0) Comments | Posted September 3, 2014 | 6:44 PM


The useful lives of many offshore platforms in the Gulf of Mexico and off of California are approaching their end, which means more and more oil companies are being confronted by a perplexing question... how does one remove a platform the size of...

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A Day Among the Giants

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 6:23 PM

Upon approach, offshore oil and gas platforms appear industrial and lifeless -- devoid of any life, besides the humming of industry. Their potential to function as artificial reef systems seems impossible. Yet, the Rig2Reef Explorers of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Amber Jackson, Ashleigh Palinkas and myself, have found that...

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Revisiting Normandy: World-Famous Oceanographer Walter Munk Returns to the Science Behind the Success of the D-Day Invasions

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 7:32 PM


Science has always been viewed as a progressive field, marching forward with time, and always focusing on the next big development or discovery. In order to understand and truly appreciate today's modern world, we should reflect on the actions and work of those...

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What Lies Beneath: Diving Oil and Gas Platforms A and C

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2014 | 6:00 PM


Platform A is the site of infamous 1969 oil spill in Santa Barbara. The environmental effects of the spill were immediate and dramatic. Not only effecting marine life, birds and the environment, but also destroying any trust previously established between offshore oil and...

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Gaining Perspective on the Opposition: The Other Side of Rigs to Reefs

(1) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 7:39 PM

Amber Jackson and I at Rig2Reef Exploration believe that there are many sides to any issue, and the complications associated with maintaining an oil and gas platform as an artificial reef site is no exception to the rule. Thus, it is important...
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Exploring Beneath Offshore Oil and Gas Platform Gina

(1) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 8:21 PM


Amber and I arrived at the foggy Ventura boatyard on an early morning in late March to meet our fellow divers and guides, Scott Clark and DJ MacAskill of the University California, Santa Barbara. In no time at all, we had loaded up...

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