Rita Colwell ECO Editorial on Building Better Dispersants

The crew of a Basler BT-67 fixed wing aircraft release dispersant over an oil discharge from the mobile offshore drilling unit, Deepwater Horizon, off the shore of Louisiana, May 5, 2010. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Stephen Lehmann)

(Click to enlarge) The crew of a Basler BT-67 fixed wing aircraft release dispersant over an oil discharge from the mobile offshore drilling unit, Deepwater Horizon, off the shore of Louisiana, May 5, 2010. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Stephen Lehmann)

The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative is pleased to announce that Research Board Chair Dr. Rita Colwell published an editorial in the March 2015 Environmental, Coastal, and Offshore (ECO) Magazine.

Colwell discusses recent findings that improve our knowledge about how dispersants and their components work, persistence of certain dispersant components in the environment, and dispersant technology advancements.

Click here to read Dr. Colwell’s editorial titled Building Better Dispersants.

Colwell is a Distinguished Professor at the University of Maryland College Park and Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. The ECO is the official publication of the Gulf of Mexico Foundation and provides industry professionals with comprehensive coverage and analysis of the coastal and offshore environmental market.

For more information about GoMRI dispersant-related research:

Read these summaries of peer-reviewed journal articles:

Watch this NSF video: Prickly Pear Cacti may be Natural, Cheaper Answer to Water Cleanup

Read this 2014 Dispersants Forum Workshop Report

Read about ongoing dispersant technology research that GoMRI Scholars are conducting:

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