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Released: 6-May-2020 11:40 AM EDT
FSU researchers study Gulf of Mexico in international collaboration
Florida State University

Florida State University and partner universities investigated current baseline conditions in the southern Gulf of Mexico to create a series of maps and guides that detail the distribution of carbon, nitrogen and the carbon-14 isotope.

Newswise: Texas A&M-Led Research Team Develops Model for Improved Oil Spill Forecasts
Released: 7-Mar-2019 2:05 PM EST
Texas A&M-Led Research Team Develops Model for Improved Oil Spill Forecasts
Texas A&M University

Researchers have developed a new model to track the flow of an oil well spill, providing response agencies with the tools to better mitigate environmental damage to human and ecological systems.

Newswise: Gulf-Wide Sea Grant Team Receives National Award for Oil Spill Science Outreach Efforts
Released: 17-Oct-2018 1:05 PM EDT
Gulf-Wide Sea Grant Team Receives National Award for Oil Spill Science Outreach Efforts
University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

The Gulf Sea Grant oil spill science outreach team -- which includes Monica Wilson of UF/IFAS -- -- received the National Superior Programming Award for its work synthesizing research results related to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Newswise: Closing the Rural Health Gap: Media Update from RWJF and Partners on Rural Health Disparities
8-Nov-2017 8:55 AM EST
Closing the Rural Health Gap: Media Update from RWJF and Partners on Rural Health Disparities
Newswise

Rural counties continue to rank lowest among counties across the U.S., in terms of health outcomes. A group of national organizations including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the National 4-H Council are leading the way to close the rural health gap.

Newswise: Even Small Amounts of Oil Made Birds Near Deepwater Horizon Sick, Virginia Tech Researchers Say
Released: 17-Oct-2017 2:05 PM EDT
Even Small Amounts of Oil Made Birds Near Deepwater Horizon Sick, Virginia Tech Researchers Say
Virginia Tech

Blood samples taken by first responders showed that individuals exposed to small amounts of oil from the spill suffered from hemolytic anemia—a condition that occurs when toxins enter the blood stream and damage red blood cells that carry oxygen to tissues.

Newswise: Microbe Mystery Solved: What Happened to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Plume
21-Jun-2017 3:55 PM EDT
Microbe Mystery Solved: What Happened to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Plume
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 is one of the most studied spills in history, yet scientists haven’t agreed on the role of microbes in eating up the oil. Now a research team at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has identified all of the principal oil-degrading bacteria as well as their mechanisms for chewing up the many different components that make up the released crude oil.

Released: 28-Jul-2016 8:05 AM EDT
As Hazard Warnings Increase, Experts Urge Better Decisions on Who and When to Warn
Society for Risk Analysis (SRA)

Effective warnings are a growing need as expanding global populations confront a wide range of hazards, such as a hurricane, wildfire, toxic chemical spill or any other environmental hazard threatens safety.

Newswise: 'Dirty Blizzard' Sent 2010 Gulf Oil Spill Pollution to Seafloor
Released: 31-May-2016 3:05 PM EDT
'Dirty Blizzard' Sent 2010 Gulf Oil Spill Pollution to Seafloor
Earth Institute at Columbia University

Scientists working in the Gulf of Mexico have found that contaminants from the massive 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill lingered in the subsurface water for months after oil on the surface had been swept up or dispersed. In a new study, they also detailed how remnants of the oil, black carbon from burning oil slicks and contaminants from drilling mud combined with microscopic algae and other marine debris to descend in a "dirty blizzard" to the seafloor.

Newswise: Small Offshore Oil Spills Put Seabirds at Risk: Industry Self-Monitoring Failing
Released: 26-May-2016 2:05 PM EDT
Small Offshore Oil Spills Put Seabirds at Risk: Industry Self-Monitoring Failing
York University

Seabirds exposed to even a dime-sized amount of oil can die of hypothermia in cold-water regions, but despite repeated requests by Environment Canada, offshore oil operators are failing when it comes to self-monitoring of small oil spills, says new research out of York University.

Released: 19-Apr-2016 10:05 PM EDT
Six Years After Deepwater Horizon Spill Still Looking for Answers
University of Delaware

Field experiment aims to uncover new clues about how oil and other pollutants move in the ocean.

Newswise: Oil Dispersants Can Suppress Natural Oil-Degrading Microorganisms, New Study Shows
Released: 9-Nov-2015 3:05 PM EST
Oil Dispersants Can Suppress Natural Oil-Degrading Microorganisms, New Study Shows
University of Georgia

The use of chemical dispersants meant to stimulate microbial crude oil degradation can in some cases inhibit the microorganisms that naturally degrade hydrocarbons, according to a new study led by University of Georgia marine scientists.

Newswise: New Report Details 10 Years of Improvements in Gulf Observation Systems
Released: 29-Sep-2015 8:05 AM EDT
New Report Details 10 Years of Improvements in Gulf Observation Systems
Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System-Regional Association (GCOOS-RA)

A new report from the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System Regional Association details the first 10 years of the nonprofit organization's work to improve access to ocean observing data that helps to protect and preserve the Gulf and its residents.

Newswise: UGA Researcher Calls for More Natural Baseline Data Collection in World’s Oceans
Released: 7-Aug-2015 1:05 PM EDT
UGA Researcher Calls for More Natural Baseline Data Collection in World’s Oceans
University of Georgia

According to University of Georgia’s Samantha Joye, one of the biggest challenges in evaluating the environmental impacts of the Macondo blowout was the lack of baseline data. She argues in a new article in the journal Science that environmental monitoring data is desperately needed to establish natural baselines.

Newswise: New Gulf Oil Specialist More Than Getting Her Feet Wet
Released: 1-May-2015 9:05 AM EDT
New Gulf Oil Specialist More Than Getting Her Feet Wet
University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Monica Wilson, the new Florida Sea Grant Gulf oil spill specialist, works with colleagues in several states to bring the latest science data to fishermen, businesses, tourism officials and more.

Released: 22-Apr-2015 3:55 PM EDT
Five Years After Gulf Spill, Residents Still Suffering Significant Mental Health Problems
University of Maryland Medical Center

Five years ago the BP Deepwater Horizon oil platform exploded. The spill caused enormous environmental damage, but it also caused great stress among Gulf Coast residents. Even now, a significant percentage of people there continue to deal with anxiety, depression and other mental health issues, researchers say.

Newswise: Five Years After Oil Spill, UF Survey Shows Gulf Coast Residents Are Still Impacted
Released: 21-Apr-2015 5:05 PM EDT
Five Years After Oil Spill, UF Survey Shows Gulf Coast Residents Are Still Impacted
University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

The survey shows that more than 34 percent of residents said they were dissatisfied or very dissatisfied with their community’s economy after the DWH oil spill, while only 15.6 percent felt that way before the oil spill.

Newswise: Five Years After the Deepwater Horizon, Are Gulf States Prepared for the Next Oil Disaster?
Released: 20-Apr-2015 9:05 AM EDT
Five Years After the Deepwater Horizon, Are Gulf States Prepared for the Next Oil Disaster?
Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System-Regional Association (GCOOS-RA)

It has been five years since the Deepwater Horizon explosion. Are Gulf states better prepared today to deal with the next disaster?

Newswise: Study Shows Seafood Samples Had No Elevated Contaminant Levels From Oil Spill
Released: 17-Apr-2015 4:05 PM EDT
Study Shows Seafood Samples Had No Elevated Contaminant Levels From Oil Spill
University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in 2010, many people were concerned that seafood was contaminated by either the oil or dispersants used to keep the oil from washing ashore. Ina University of Florida study, all seafood tested so far has shown “remarkably low contaminant levels,” based on FDA standards, and revealed that: • 74 percent of samples were below quantifiable limits; • 23 percent of samples were between 0.1-0.9 parts per billion, and; • 3 percent of samples were between 1.0 and 48 parts per billion.

Newswise: Researchers Publish Findings on Impacts of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on Marine Organisms on the Gulf Coast
Released: 17-Apr-2015 2:00 PM EDT
Researchers Publish Findings on Impacts of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on Marine Organisms on the Gulf Coast
Florida Atlantic University

Researchers from FAU's Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute have published findings on the impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on marine organisms such as oysters, conch, shrimp, corals as well as marine plankton (microalgae or phytoplankton, rotifers or zooplankton), which provide the basis of coastal and oceanic food webs.

Released: 15-Apr-2015 8:00 AM EDT
Scientists Develop Mesh That Captures Oil—but Lets Water Through
Ohio State University

A mesh with a high-tech coating captures oil while water passes right through. With further development of this technology, the researchers say, "you could potentially catch an oil spill with a net."

Released: 13-Apr-2015 8:00 AM EDT
NIH Still Active in Gulf Region Five Years After Oil Spill
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)

Five years after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion, researchers at the National Institutes of Health are actively working with Gulf region community partners, to learn if any human health problems resulted from the disaster and establish a new research response plan to be better prepared for future disasters.

Newswise: Dispersant Used to Clean Deepwater Horizon Spill More Toxic to Corals Than the Oil
Released: 9-Apr-2015 9:05 AM EDT
Dispersant Used to Clean Deepwater Horizon Spill More Toxic to Corals Than the Oil
Temple University

The dispersant used to remediate the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is more toxic to cold-water corals at lower concentrations than the spilled oil, according to a new study that comes on the eve of the spill’s fifth anniversary, April 20th.

Released: 7-Apr-2015 5:05 PM EDT
News Alert: Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Anniversary Events at the University of Florida
University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

April 20 is the fifth anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon explosion and subsequent oil spill, which resulted in the loss of 11 lives and substantial environmental and economic impacts for residents along the Gulf Coast region. In 2011, UF became the lead institution on one of four Deepwater Horizon Research Consortia grants, funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.

Released: 2-Apr-2015 4:05 PM EDT
Study Suggests Oil Dispersant Used in Gulf Oil Spill Causes Lung and Gill Injuries to Humans and Aquatic Animals, Also Identifies Protective Enzyme
University of Alabama at Birmingham

New research from UAB suggests that Corexit EC9500A, an oil-dispersal agentl, contributes to damage to epithelium cells within the lungs of humans and gills of marine creatures. The study also identifies an enzyme that is expressed in epithelial cells across species that has protective properties against Corexit-induced damage.

Newswise: Study Details Impact of Deepwater Horizon Oil on Beach Microbial Communities
16-Feb-2015 6:00 PM EST
Study Details Impact of Deepwater Horizon Oil on Beach Microbial Communities
Georgia Institute of Technology

Using advanced genomic identification techniques, researchers studying the impact of the Deepwater Horizon spill on communities of beach microbes saw a succession of organisms and identified population changes in specific organisms that marked the progress of the oil's breakdown.

Newswise: UK's Yeager Part of Team That Finds Missing Deepwater Horizon Oil
Released: 9-Feb-2015 2:50 PM EST
UK's Yeager Part of Team That Finds Missing Deepwater Horizon Oil
University of Kentucky

Scientists have been searching for missing oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, also called the BP oil spill, since 2010, and now Kevin Yeager, professor in the UK Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, and his research colleagues may have solved the mystery.

Newswise: Where Did the Missing Oil Go? New FSU Study Says Some Is Sitting on the Gulf Floor
Released: 29-Jan-2015 2:00 PM EST
Where Did the Missing Oil Go? New FSU Study Says Some Is Sitting on the Gulf Floor
Florida State University

A new study led by Florida State University Professor of Oceanography Jeff Chanton finds that some 6 million to 10 million gallons of oil from the BP oil spill are buried in the sediment on the Gulf floor, about 62 miles southeast of the Mississippi Delta.

Released: 21-Oct-2014 12:00 PM EDT
UNH Hosts Oil Spill Response Forum Oct. 28-29
University of New Hampshire

It’s been 25 years since the Exxon Valdez spilled 11 million gallons of crude oil and nearly five years since the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico gushed 200 million gallons of crude oil. Nearly 40 experts and eyewitnesses from science, government, industry and NGOs will gather to look back – and forward – at oil spill response.

Released: 9-Sep-2014 12:00 PM EDT
Gulf Anglers Could Be Entitled to $585 Million After the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, Study Says
University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Trustees could use the data to try to get the $585 million for ecosystem improvements and more fish in the Gulf.

Released: 10-Jul-2014 10:30 AM EDT
Straits of Mackinac ‘Worst Possible Place’ for a Great Lakes Oil Spill, U-M Researcher Concludes
University of Michigan

Because the strong currents in the Straits of Mackinac reverse direction every few days, a rupture of the oil pipeline beneath the channel would quickly contaminate shorelines miles away in both lakes Michigan and Huron, according to a new University of Michigan study commissioned by the National Wildlife Federation.

4-Jun-2014 12:40 PM EDT
CSB to Discuss Macondo Oil Well Blowout/ Deepwater Horizon Investigation
U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB)

Report TOMORROW on Thursday June 5, 2014 11 a.m. CDT News Conference in Houston, TX Media will be briefed on investigation findings and safety recommendations. These findings will then be formally presented to the public and two-member presidentially-appointed Board investigating the April 20, 2010, blowout of the Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico.

2-May-2014 2:20 PM EDT
Detecting Oil Spills Sandwiched in Arctic Ice
Acoustical Society of America (ASA)

Due to increased interest in drilling for hydrocarbons in the Arctic and the associated environmental concerns, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution researchers are working to evaluate whether broadband active acoustic techniques can be used to remotely detect oil spills under sea ice.

Released: 6-May-2014 5:00 AM EDT
Nanocellulose Sponges to Combat Oil Pollution
Empa, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology

A new, absorbable material from Empa wood research could be of assistance in future oil spill accidents: a chemically modified nanocellulose sponge. The light material absorbs the oil spill, remains floating on the surface and can then be recovered. The absorbent can be produced in an environmentally-friendly manner from recycled paper, wood or agricultural by-products.

Newswise: GuLF STUDY Gears Up for Second Round of Health Exams
Released: 11-Apr-2014 1:00 PM EDT
GuLF STUDY Gears Up for Second Round of Health Exams
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)

Researchers at the National Institutes of Health, leading the largest health study ever conducted on the potential health effects of an oil spill, are encouraging participants to stay involved in this long-term project. All participants are being contacted for telephone interviews to update their health status. Those living within 60 miles of Mobile, Ala., and New Orleans also will be invited to take part in a second comprehensive health exam.

Released: 7-Apr-2014 1:40 PM EDT
Media Advisory: GuLF STUDY Update: Four Years After the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)

In a telephone press conference, scientists from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), part of the National Institutes of Health, will discuss the Gulf Long-Term Follow-up Study (GuLF STUDY), and what they have learned to date about the 33,000 oil spill clean-up workers and volunteers enrolled in the study.

Released: 26-Feb-2014 9:00 AM EST
Scientists Team with High School on Oil Spill Research
Florida State University

A team of Florida State University scientists and a Panhandle high school are teaming to scour beaches for remnants of the 2010 BP oil spill.

Released: 3-Feb-2014 3:00 PM EST
Research Shows That Reported Oil Sands Emissions Greatly Underestimated
University of Toronto

A new comprehensive modeling assessment of contamination in the Athabasca Oil Sands Region indicates that officially reported emissions of certain highly hazardous air pollutants have been greatly underestimated.

Newswise: Gulf Fish Studied for Safety Following Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
Released: 23-Jan-2014 12:00 PM EST
Gulf Fish Studied for Safety Following Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
University of Alabama at Birmingham

After the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, invertebrates like shrimp, oysters and crabs were the subject of the majority of testing by federal and state agencies. One UAB expert analyzed fish caught a year after the spill to determine safety.

Newswise: Low-Grade Cotton Offers More Ecologically-Friendly Way to Clean Oil Spills
Released: 16-May-2013 11:35 AM EDT
Low-Grade Cotton Offers More Ecologically-Friendly Way to Clean Oil Spills
Texas Tech University

When it comes to cleaning up the next massive crude oil spill, one of the best and most eco-friendly solutions for the job may be low-grade cotton from West Texas.

26-Mar-2013 11:45 PM EDT
Gulf of Mexico Has Greater-Than-Believed Ability to Self-Cleanse Oil Spills
American Chemical Society (ACS)

The Gulf of Mexico may have a much greater natural ability to self-clean oil spills than previously believed, an expert in bioremediation said here today at the 245th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world’s largest scientific society.

Released: 14-Mar-2013 1:00 PM EDT
‘Dirty Blizzard’ in Gulf May Account for Missing Deepwater Horizon Oil
Florida State University

Oil from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill acted as a catalyst for plankton and other surface materials to clump together and fall to the sea floor in a massive sedimentation event that researchers are calling a “dirty blizzard.”


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