ADDOMEx Video Update: Examining Biofilms from Oil and Marine Microbial Interactions

Principal Investigator Antonietta Quigg describes ongoing research about marine oil snow formation during the Deepwater Horizon spill and its effects on Gulf of Mexico environments. She discusses how this research could inform oil spill response and shares some preliminary results that surprised their research group.

Watch the ADDOMEx 2017 research update:

(Credit: Finch Productions LLC, Gary Finch Outdoors)

Antonietta Quigg leads the ADDOMEx research project, which includes 68 team members representing 10 research institutions: Barrier Creative, Mount Allison University, National Tsing Hua University, Old Dominion University, Texas A&M University, Texas A&M University at Galveston, Texas Sea Grant, University of California Merced, University of California Santa Barbara, and University of Southern Mississippi.

Gary Finch with Finch Productions LLC recorded conversations with principal investigators at the 2017 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science conference held in New Orleans. All 12 consortia video updates are available here.


This research was made possible by a grant from the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) to the Aggregation and Degradation of Dispersants and Oil by Microbial Exopolymers (ADDOMEx) consortium.

The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) is a 10-year independent research program established to study the effect, and the potential associated impact, of hydrocarbon releases on the environment and public health, as well as to develop improved spill mitigation, oil detection, characterization and remediation technologies. An independent and academic 20-member Research Board makes the funding and research direction decisions to ensure the intellectual quality, effectiveness and academic independence of the GoMRI research. All research data, findings and publications will be made publicly available. The program was established through a $500 million financial commitment from BP. For more information, visit

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