Kara Lankford

Kara Lankford is Ocean Conservancy’s Constituent Outreach Specialist. She’s a lifelong resident of the Alabama Gulf Coast.

Restoring the Gulf Beyond the Shore

An ROV cruises the Gulf of Mexico seafloor with NOAA’s research ship, Okeanos Explorer. Credit: NOAA

The Gulf of Mexico’s rich waters touch our shores and our lives, oftentimes in ways we don’t fully recognize. In addition to countless personal and recreational benefits for those of us who live here, the Gulf generates food and energy …

Read More »

Deepwater Horizon, The Long Road to Recovery

Scientists from Audubon Nature Institute and Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries prepare to release a sea turtle after being treated for oil exposure from the BP Deepwater Horizon oil disaster. Credit: U.S. Coast Guard

It seems as though it happened just yesterday, but April 20 will mark the fourth anniversary of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil disaster. Eleven workers on the rig tragically lost their lives, and oil gushed from the damaged well for …

Read More »

Ocean Conservancy and the Gulf

A shallow-water coral reef in the Florida Keys. Photo courtesy of NOAA

The Gulf of Mexico is an extraordinary place, but despite the growing number of people who live, work and play on the Gulf Coast, we know very little about the Gulf in its entirety. Its wonders are bountiful, and its …

Read More »