Congratulations to Brian Mayer, who recently received a $53,000 administrative supplement from the National Institutes of Environmental Health Science for his existing grant, “A Community Based Assessment of Social Vulnerability and Resiliency,” that will expand his analysis of the role of social networks in community recovery from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. The funds are being spent to assess how oystermen and their families, all out of work due to the collapse of Apalachicola Bay fishery, share vital economic resources, emotional support, and information to cope with disasters. Sociology graduate students Kelly Bergstrand and Katrina Running traveled to Apalachicola, Florida over Spring Break to train a team of local community members to serve as fieldworkers tasked with the goal of collecting 300 network surveys from the oystering population. By increasing the recruitment of oystermen and their families, the project team will be able to compare the efficacy of network density in disaster recovery between various class groups in a heavily impacted coastal community.
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