So this is my third Mud & Blood cruise, and my focus is definitely on the mud!
My name is Travis Washburn, and I work at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi. My dissertation focused on the impacts of oil on the deep Gulf of Mexico communities living in the mud. My lab is hoping to use samples collected in the same places over the last several years to determine how communities in the deep naturally change over time.
Without knowledge on these natural changes it is very difficult to determine whether the Deepwater Horizon spill is still affecting animals to this day or if the changes we have seen over time would have happened regardless of the spill.