On the Move: University of West Florida

The University of West Florida Center for Environmental Diagnostics and Bioremediation was recently awarded a grant totaling $231,000 by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative, as part of the larger Center for Integrated Modeling and Analysis of the Gulf Ecosystem II consortium, led by the University of South Florida.

(From Pensacola News Journal) — As a result of this grant, faculty and students will be able to develop new research regarding how oil interacts with the environment and how the changing chemistry affects microbial growth and food webs. University professors Dr. Wade Jeffrey and Dr. Richard Snyder will spearhead the research. The grant will also allow continued and expanded research involving the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, on the response of microbial assemblages to water mass mixing and seasonal change.

Snyder and Jeffrey are involved with two of the eight original research consortia, Deepsea to Coast Connectivity in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico, led by Florida State University and C-IMAGE, which investigate the fate of petroleum in the environment, the impacts of the spill and the development of new tools and technology for responding to future spills and improving mitigation and restoration.

The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative was created by a $500 million investment by BP to create a ten year program to broadly conduct independent research in the Gulf of Mexico related to oil spill issues, overseen by a research board made up of 20 science, public health and research administration experts.

Read the full article here: http://www.pnj.com/story/money/business/2015/04/28/on-the-move-wednesday-april29-news-business/26519887/

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