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Dr. Leila Hamdan was interviewed by Smithsonian Magazine to discuss how shipwrecks influence marine ecosystems.

Smithsonian Magazine- How Shipwrecks Shape the Seafloor

Dr. Leila Hamdan was interviewed by Popular Science on how the sinking of the International Space Station in the Pacific Ocean could impact the ecology of the deep sea. Read the article linked below to see comments from Dr. Hamdan and other deep-sea researchers.

PopSci – There’s a lot we don’t know about the International Space Station’s ocean grave

Microbial Stowaways:

New study finds 19th century wooden shipwrecks to be thriving habitats for deep-sea microbiomes
Mississippi Edition-6/13/2022-“Shipwrecks” begins at 9:15 
Under the Sea: Shipwrecks Expand Microbial Diversity, New Study Shows
Microbes Point the Way to Shipwrecks
‘It’s like a dance.’
How a Professor Led Team to Explore 2 Historic Shipwrecks
How Southern Mississippi Professor Leila Hamdan Led Her Team to Explore 2 Historic Shipwrecks
Future marine scientists tour the Point Sur research vessel


The American Geophysical Union published an article on findings from the GOM-SCHEMA study. The article was also accompanied with a video, narrated by Melanie Damour, outlining the scope of the study as well as recent findings. Check out the articles below.

Scientific American
American Geophysical Union
New Orleans Public Radio
The Chicago Tribune
The Washington Post
The Times Picayune
Science News
Science Daily
Archaeology Magazine
WWNO New Orleans Public Radio

Dr. Leila Hamdan and Dr. Jennifer Salerno were interviewed by The Atlantic on a paper published by Samantha Joye at the University of Georgia. Her study is complimentary to GOM-SCHEMA and included an experiment very similar to one conducted by Dr. Salerno. Check out Dr. Hamdan’s and Dr. Salerno’s comments below. 

The Atlantic