Monthly Archives: July 2014

GoMRI Students Grad Student Worthen Improves Oil Production and Cleanup Using Nanoparticles Andrew samples an oil-in-seawater emulsion, stabilized with polymer-coated iron oxide nanoparticles. (Photo provided by Worthen)

Andrew Worthen’s research is “all about discovering how we can steward the planet more responsibly,” something he gets closer to every day. While Andrew’s initial nanoparticle research focused on creating more efficient and eco-friendly oil extraction methods, he is now applying his findings to oil spill treatment and mitigation. Andrew is a chemical engineering Ph.D. Read More

GoMRI Students Grad Student Harper Seeks to Improve Marine and Human Health with Science-Informed Policy Alex Harper collects seawater samples from CTD Rosette Niskin bottles aboard R/V Weatherbird II. (Photo credit: Natalie Geyers)

Alexandra Harper, a passionate environmental advocate, is using her oceanography expertise to help “society better balance human need with ecological health.” She is researching the potential relationship between the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and mercury levels in Gulf of Mexico fishes. Because rises in methyl mercury levels in fish increase chances of these toxins making Read More

GoMRI Students Grad Student Frasier is Learning What Dolphins Can Tell Us Kait Frasier (L) and Rachel Gottlieb (R) with Scripps Institution of Oceanography onboard the Ocean Alliance’s R/V Odyssey in the Gulf of Mexico celebrate after finding dolphins. (Photo provided by Frasier)

Kait Frasier listens to Gulf marine mammals to estimate how many there are and find out if their numbers are changing after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Kait sees dolphins as a good species to study because “everyone can see and understand them, not just scientists.” Kait, a Ph.D. student at the Scripps Institution of Read More

GoMRI Students Grad Student Snyder Cites Integrated Sciences as Key to Success Susan poses with a large golden tilefish. (Photo credit: Liz Herdter)

Susan Snyder’s experiences researching fish bile have shown her an overwhelming truth: to solve complex problems, one simply cannot work alone. To understand her findings, Susan has found that working with different scientists such as chemists, geologists and physicists is not only helpful, it is imperative. Susan is a master’s student at the University of Read More