The Center for the Integrated Modeling and Analysis of the Gulf Ecosystem

A tale of two Gulf spills: A research consortium of 19 institutions from 5 countries studying the impacts of oil spills on the Gulf of Mexico.

Claire Paris
Claire Paris
Scott Socolofsky
Scott Socolofsky
Zachary Aman
Zachary Aman
Wierd Koops
Wierd Koops
Marieke Zeinstra-Helfrich
Marieke Zeinstra-Helfrich

Claire Paris

Claire Paris
Designation: Task Lead
Institution: University of Miami
Primary Task: Near and Far Field Modeling
Secondary Task: High Pressure Experiments
Expertise: Far field Modelling

The Physical-Biological Interactions Laboratory focuses on investigating coupled biophysical processes during the early pelagic larval phase of marine species, which are the very foundation of marine populations and ecosystems. Led by Prof. Paris, a team of Postdoctoral Fellows and Graduate Students is taking a dual theoretical and empirical approach to understand the dispersion and fate of biotic (larvae) and abiotic (pollutants) particles in the ocean, largely through projects that have applications in marine conservation. Our lab research contributes to advances in the fields of movement ecology and ocean technology through the development of novel Lagrangian instruments designed to observe larval navigation (U-DISC) and open-source softwares designed to examine transport and population connectivity (CMS).

Of interest:

Deep thinker: UM oceanographer also a champion free diver

Claire Paris Sets a New Freediving Record for USA

 

Scott Socolofsky

Scott Socolofsky
Designation: Team Member
Institution: Texas A&M University
Primary Task: Near and Far Field Modeling
Expertise: Near Field, Multiphase Plumes

Dr. Socolofsky's research is in the broad area of Environmental Fluid Mechanics, with emphasis on laboratory experiments and data analysis to elucidate mixing mechanisms by turbulence and coherent structures. Current research projects study turbulent mixing processes in three contexts: (1) multiphase plumes, (2) shallow tidal inlets, and (3) coastal wetlands. See the Research pages for more details.

Of interest:

Dr. Socolofsky appointed as the Associate Director of the Offshore Technology Research Center 

Zachary Aman

Zachary Aman
Designation: Team Member
Institution: University of Western Australia
Primary Task: Near and Far Field Modeling
Secondary Task: High Pressure Experiments

Dr. Zachary Aman is an Associate Professor at the School of Mechanical and Chemical Engineering.

Learn more about his research interests on his home page.

Wierd Koops

Wierd Koops
Designation: Team Member
Institution: NHL University of Applied Sciences
Primary Task: Near and Far Field Modeling
Secondary Task: Ecotoxicology

Wierd Koops is approximately forty years working in the field of emergency response on the water. He joined Shell and gained experience in the oil drilling industry. Was adhered there by KSEPL in 1973 already in the process of increasing the adhesiveness of oil sand (to make the so-called oil profile of sand, for the purpose of zandbezinkmethode), and with an oil mop method to remove oil from the water surface. Then Koops has over fifteen years at Rijkswaterstaat Noordzee spent calamity in all its aspects; at operational level, in the areas of research, policy preparation and internationally.

Of interest:

Oil Spill Response Manual

Marieke Zeinstra-Helfrich

Marieke Zeinstra-Helfrich
Designation: PhD Student
Institution: NHL University of Applied Sciences
Primary Task: Near and Far Field Modeling
Secondary Task: Ecotoxicology

Marieke Zeinstra is a PhD student and researcher studying the dispersion of oil in seawater.

Of interest:

Effects of dispersants on the fate of oil in realistic conditions

 

Podcasts from The Loop

The Loop is a series of podcasts which take an in depth look at C-IMAGE research. Partnering with Mind Open Media reporters Ari Daniel Shapiro and David Levin, our researchers share the importance of their studies and how they help our understanding of oil spills. David and Ari have produced eight podcasts and have more in the queue. The podcasts are linked below. Plug in and learn about our research!

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