FSU Scientists to Lead Comprehensive Oil-Spill Study — Florida to Louisiana

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –– A distinguished group of Florida State University oceanographers, meteorologists, and marine biologists and ecologists will share a new, $500,000 grant from the Northern Gulf Institute to conduct a comprehensive study of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill’s impact on coastal and ocean marine ecosystems in the northeastern Gulf of Mexico.

“This project will take us beyond shock and anxiety to show us what has really happened and suggest where the remediation efforts must lead us,” said College of Arts and Sciences Dean Joseph Travis, a biologist recognized for his work in population ecology.

Multiple teams of two or three Florida State researchers will be integrating the findings from their respective portions of the study to create a detailed, multipronged assessment of conditions along the northern West Florida Shelf, which stretches from the Panhandle’s Big Bend Region west to Louisiana.

The interdisciplinary, rapid-response project will be completed within about five months, according to FSU Coastal and Marine Laboratory Director Felicia Coleman, who will help to lead the portion of the study that examines the potential for crude oil pollutants to concentrate in shelf-edge habitat “engineered” by fishery species.

Project teams will include several members of the Department of Biological Science faculty who are based at the Coastal and Marine Laboratory, and researchers from the Department of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Science and the Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies (COAPS).

The Northern Gulf Institute is a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Cooperative Institute that involves partnerships with universities across the northeastern Gulf of Mexico, including Florida State University.

Additional information about the study is available on the FSU Coastal and Marine Laboratory website at www.marinelab.fsu.edu/news/.

CONTACT: Felicia Coleman

coleman@bio.fsu.edu; (850) 697-4120


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