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

A tale of two Gulf spills: A research consortium of 17 institutions from 5 countries studying the impacts of oil spills on the Gulf of Mexico.

High-Pressure Biodegradation

High-Pressure Biodegradation – Dr. Andreas Liese – Technical University of Hamburg

The degradation of oil, methane, and changes in bacterial communities during biodegradation are tested in pressurized vessels. Rhodococcus PC20 from Gulf of Mexico sediments is used to measure differences in pressurized and ambient conditions. The Institute of Biocatalysis at the Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) studies three aspect of the biodegradation process

  • Microbial degradation of oil at high pressure and low temperatures
  • Microbial degradation of methane at high pressure and low temperature
  • Changes in bacterial communities during degradation of oil and methane

The Gorigia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) is collaborating with TUHH in comparing results from high pressure experiments. Integrating of the impacts of dispersants in high-pressure degradation will help understand the impacts of deep-sea dispersant injections.

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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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