September 24, 2015 -- A team of scientists and education staff with the Deep-C Consortium developed a user-friendly curriculum to help students make connections between the theoretical nature of science and real world applications. This education tool uses application-based science to improve Gulf of Mexico literacy and addresses issues such as environmental disasters, their impacts on ocean ecosystems, and nature’s recovery mechanisms. Read more...
July 14, 2015 -- An international science team investigated the effects of weathering of petroleum biomarkers on the reliability of these compounds for fingerprinting Macondo oil. They identified individual biomarkers that were resistant to weathering processes and others that were depleted by these processes. Most biomarkers were suitable to identify Macondo oil up to 28 months post spill. Read more...
July 9, 2015 -- Scientists measured the natural abundance of radiocarbon (14C) in sediments near the Deepwater Horizon spill site and estimated the location and amount of carbon derived from crude oil or gas. Their best estimate was that oil-derived carbon equivalent to 3 – 4.9 percent of reported oil from the 2010 spill may be accounted for by carbon found in the sediments. Read more...
IN THE NEWS
Study Reveals Oil Spill Changed Oxygen Conditions in Gulf Sediment
(Source: GoMRI, May 26, 2015)
Five years after oil spill, how bad is the Gulf of Mexico today?
(Source: Boston Globe, April 20, 2015)
Students, researchers hunting for tarballs on Pensacola Naval Air Station
(Source: Pensacola News Journal, March 2, 2015)
Study details impact of Deepwater Horizon oil spill on beach microbial communities
(Source: Georgia Tech News Center, February 17, 2015)
Millions of gallons of BP oil rests on Gulf floor
(Source: USA Today, February 4, 2015)
A long-term, interdisciplinary study of deep sea to coast connectivity in the northeastern Gulf of Mexico.