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...
On March 22, a cargo ship collided with a barge carrying approximately 4,000 barrels of bunker fuel oil in Galveston Bay, Texas. An estimated 168,000 gallons spilled into the Houston Ship Channel, prompting officials to shut it down for cleanup. Within days scientists from two research consortia funded by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) were on site alongside government and industry workers, collecting baseline information to assess impacts. 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)
A long-term, interdisciplinary study of deep sea to coast connectivity in the northeastern Gulf of Mexico.