Monthly Archives: July 2015

Publication Highlights Study Reviews Forecast System Used During Deepwater Horizon Researchers simulated the oil spill from June 10 to July 10, 2010 in 5-day increments. The objective was to understand the factors causing the inshore incursion of oil into the western Mississippi Sound in late June. (Provided by Pat Fitzpatrick)

A team of university, NOAA, Naval Research Lab (NRL), and Naval Oceanographic Office researchers reviewed four evaluations of the ocean forecast system American Seas (AMSEAS) which was used during the 2010 spill to simulate oil trajectory. ←Researchers simulated the oil spill from June 10 to July 10, 2010 in 5-day increments. The objective was to Read More

GoMRI Students Grad Student Shin Shines Light on Oil-Degrading Microbes in Sediment Bicheng working in lab

Boryoung Shin is breaking new ground in microbiology, uncovering little known facts about an enigmatic and important species in the Gulf of Mexico. Boryoung Shin works in an anaerobic chamber at the Kostka Lab at Georgia Tech. (Photo credit: Max Kolton) After the Deepwater Horizon incident, certain bacteria rapidly increased and helped degrade the oil. Read More

Teachers and Students Scientists Put ROV Technology in Hands of Teachers and Students 3355a

As science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills become increasingly important to the 21st century workforce, what better way to foster those skills in middle and high school students than an old-fashioned friendly competition? Over the past four years, Deep-C and the Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL) have trained fifty-five teachers in summer workshops and Read More

Publication Highlights Study Informs Oil Spill Forensics with Petroleum Biomarkers Degradation Data Aeppi Holding San Patties

An international science team investigated the effects of weathering of petroleum biomarkers on the reliability of these compounds for fingerprinting Macondo oil. ←Christoph Aeppli collects samples of oil-soaked sand patties in Gulfshores, Alabama. (Photo credit: J. Suflita) They identified individual biomarkers that were resistant to weathering processes and others that were depleted by these processes. Read More

Publication Highlights Study Estimates Carbon, Likely from Deepwater Horizon Spill, in Gulf Sediment Chanton_MulticoreSamples_1465a

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. ←Florida State University graduate students Brian Wells and Brian DeSanti prepare to collect multicore samples on the deck of the RV Weatherbird II. (Photo by Read More

GoMRI Students Grad Student Dasgupta Assesses Oil and Dispersant Toxicity to Fish DNA and Mortality Subham conducts an ethoxyresorufin-O-deethylase or EROD assay to measure the activity of the detoxifying enzyme CYP1A1 under PAH exposure. (Provided by Subham Dasgupta)

Subham Dasgupta’s dedication to understanding oil and dispersant toxicology stems from his roots in India. Having grown up in a community where fishes are an important part of the diet, his research assessing oil and dispersant exposure’s effect on fish health has a special importance for him. “Oil spills can affect marine organisms, including the Read More