Newswise — Johns Hopkins University environmental engineer Edward J. Bouwer is available to speak to reporters wondering what could happen to the gasoline and oil on board the Costa Concordia if fuel starts to leak from the wrecked cruise ship.

Bouwer is an expert on environmental damage, oil biodegradation, prospects for recovery and cleanup options, including the use of bacteria that consume oil. Previously, Bouwer has been interviewed by the news media regarding the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill.

Bouwer is department chair and Abel Wolman Professor of Environmental Engineering in the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering of the Whiting School of Engineering at The Johns Hopkins University. He earned his Ph.D. in environmental engineering and science from Stanford University in 1982, and has extensive experience with microbial process engineering and bioremediation processes. His research focuses on the biotransformation of contaminants, bioremediation for control of contaminated soil and groundwater, biofilm kinetics, and drinking water treatment. He serves on the managing editorial board for Biodegradation and on the editorial boards for the Journal of Contaminant Hydrology and Environmental Engineering Science. Bouwer is director of a Hazardous Substances Research Center that covers EPA Regions I, II, and III, and also directs the Center for Contaminant Transport, Fate, and Remediation, with initial funding from Honeywell International and the Maryland Department of the Environment.

To speak to Professor Bouwer, contact Johns Hopkins media representative Amy Lunday at [email protected], 443-287-9960 office or 410-804-2551 cell.

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