Oil: It's What's For Dinner

ST. PETERSBURG - C-IMAGE scientists want to know more about how oil-eating microorganisms behave in the cold deep ocean to learn more about what happened to the oil from the Deepwater Horizon blowout.  High pressure experiments underway at our high pressure facility at the Hamburg University of Technology focus on how these microbes use oil and what happens to them in the process.  Results from these studies may lead to a new way to clean up spills by eliminating its most poisonous ingredients.  For more information, download C-IMAGE's Podcast 6.

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Evaluating impacts from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Cam Ainsworth's laboratory is evaluating impacts from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on the biota and fisheries of the Gulf of Mexico.  A key aspect to this study is using the 1979 IXTOC oil spill as an analog to understand long-term consequences of the spill and mitigation decisions.  His lab is also developing next generation tools and strategies for ecosystem-based fisheries management in the United States.  Efforts include evaluation of potential management instruments such as harvest control rules, marine protected areas and artificial reefs.  Cam Ainsworth and his students and staff use a range of statistical, agent-based, and box models to consider the interplay between physics, chemistry and biology of the oceans.

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The 6th anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Today is the 6th anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion in the northern Gulf of Mexico. A live stream of the 'Dispatches from the Gulf' will be held today via YouTube at 2pm est and 7pm est.

The documentary highlights research from GoMRI members following the oil spill. If you haven't seen the film, it features USF and C-IMAGE researchers throughout. Especially the summer Mud & Blood sampling cruises aboard the R/V Weatherbird II.

Additional Articles:

6 years later, USF charting long-term effects of BP oil spill - Tampa Tribune

USF scientists have prominent role in new oil spill documentary narrated by Matt Damon - 10 ABC Action News

USF researchers study impact of gulf oil spill - FOX 13 News

Oil spill inspired greater scientific knowledge of Gulf of Mexico - Tampa Bay Times

USF scientists find oil still present from 1979 Mexico spill similar to Deepwater Horizon

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - For 40 days, scientists aboard a Florida-based research vessel prowled the gulf waters, looking for signs of the past, hoping it would give them hints of the future.

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C-IMAGE Spotlight: Chuanmin Hu

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Dr. Chuanmin Hu and his PhD student Shaojie Sun discuss their C-IMAGE research. They are optical oceanographers and are using satellite images to track oil from the Deepwater Horizon and IXTOC-I blowouts.

Florida Matters: A Look at the BP Oil Spill 4 Years Later

TAMPA - It's been four years since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  See what Dr. David Hollander and Dr. Steven Murawski have to say about it.  It aired last night April 23, 2014 at 6:30pm and will be on again Sunday morning at 7:30am, WUSF 89.7

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