Scientists from the University of West Florida found that Coquina clams could be used to detect biologically available oil in Florida surf zones. They found that these small surf-zone clams retained polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) levels at higher concentrations and longer than surrounding sand particles did, indicating the species could help monitor pollutants along shorelines. They published their findings in the June 2014 Marine Pollution Bulletin: PAH concentrations in Coquina (Donax spp.) on a sandy beach shoreline impacted by a marine oil spill. Read more...
His blog explains the importance of forams – tiny single-cell organisms that live in environments with little oxygen – in understanding impacts from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Read more...
Deep-C along with two other GoMRI-funded consortia -- C-IMAGE and ECOGIG -- has created a working group to answer some key questions about the formation and fate of flocculant material observed in the northern Gulf of Mexico during and after the Deepwater Horizon event. The consensus of the group known as MOSSFA (Marine Oil Snow Sedimentation and Flocculent Accumulation) has been that accumulation of oil at the seafloor may provide a pathway for the protracted exposure, uptake, and continued metabolism of toxic and carcinogenic petroleum hydrocarbons by benthic fish. Additionally, it was concluded that MOSSFA processes must be included in numerical models used for predictions of the effects of spill response measures on the fate of spilled oil. Read more...
IN THE NEWS
Eckerd College students on oil disaster research trip
(Source: Tampa Bay Times, June 25, 2014)
Scientists identify Deepwater Horizon Oil on shore even years later, after most has degraded
(Source: Bigelow Laboratory, June 12, 2014)
In research pacts with industry, scientists guided by principle
(Source: Boston Globe, June 1, 2014)
GoMRI Advances Science Four Years after Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
(Source: GoMRI website, April 18, 2014)
VOICES FROM THE FIELD
A long-term, interdisciplinary study of deep sea to coast connectivity in the northeastern Gulf of Mexico.