A Virginia Institute of Marine Science professor is among a nationwide team of scientists that received $12 million to study how the Gulf of Mexico oil spill has affected marine life.
The extensive use of chemical dispersants on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico prompted concerns that they also may have damaged fragile ecosystems.
Soon after the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded on April 20, 2010, in the Gulf of Mexico, Annette Engel, associate professor in earth and planetary sciences at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, grabbed all the lab materials she could spare and headed down to the Louisiana coast.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is among institutions participating in a research team that the University of Mississippi and the University of Southern Mississippi are leading in a $112.5 million project to learn how the Gulf of Mexico has fared since the 2010 BP oil spill.
University of Miami to Lead Study of Hydrocarbon Transport as Result of Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico
Lead investigator Tamay Özgökmen heads team, more than $15 million allocated to project by GoMRI
Florida’s universities have received $20 million to study the long-term effects of last year’s BP Gulf Coast oil spill disaster.