Project Objectives


Understand the public health and social impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill with a focus on children and their families.


Identify attributes of children and families associated with resilience to negative disaster impacts, as well as attributes of children and families associated with vulnerability to negative disaster impacts.


Build a three wave panel dataset that allows for the assessment of within-unit change related to impacts, resilience, and vulnerability.


Train graduate students in disaster resilience research to help build the next generation of scholars dedicated to these issues.


Disseminate information generated from this project with the aim of promoting ways to foster disaster resilience and mitigating vulnerability.


  • Department of Sociology, Louisiana State University
    • Dr. Tim Slack, Study PI
    • Dr. Matt Lee, Co-PI
    • Kathryn Keating, Graduate Research Assistant
    • Jyaphia Christos-Rodgers, Field Manager
  • National Center for Disaster Preparedness, Columbia University
    • Dr. Jaishree Beedasy, Columbia Subaward PI
    • Dr. Thomas Chandler, Co-PI
    • Jonathan Sury, Project Director, Communications and Field Operations
    • Shwetha Bhaskar, Senior Knowledge Management Coordinator
    • Antonia Fernanda Samur Zúñiga, Graduate Research Assistant
    • Sam Shangguan, Graduate Research Assistant
    • Jeremy Brooks, Project Manager