LSU experts are available to assist media covering the 5-year anniversary of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Below are several university researchers with expertise on this subject. Please continue to check the list, as resources will be added.
How can communities build resilience to adverse events such as oil spills or hurricanes? A community’s ability to buffer or counteract stressors that disasters may cause or worsen depends on its people having and using social resources and networks.
The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative, or GoMRI, recently announced its second round of BP-funded consortium research grants to study the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. In this round, GoMRI has granted $140 million to 12 collaborative research projects, which support several LSU researchers’ work. One of the projects LSU sociologists are leading is the… Read More
Maria Vozzo’s strong interest in Deepwater Horizon research led her from North Carolina to Louisiana to study the oil’s effects on local oysters. Her work has a wide scope, from the oyster’s environmental conditions to their cellular responses. Maria’s creative adaptation of commercial oyster equipment for her research may also improve them for fisherman’s use.
LSU Coastal Researcher Part of National Academy of Sciences’ New Gulf of Mexico Program Advisory Group
LSU Professor of Oceanography and Coastal Studies Robert Carney has been named to the National Academy of Sciences’ Gulf of Mexico Program Advisory Group, developed in response to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. “It is an honor to work with the National Academy of Sciences helping to start a 30-year program that will link… Read More
LSU-Led Research Finds Developmental Defects in Fish Species Impacted by Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
Three years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, researchers are beginning to get a better idea of the long-term impacts for coastal ecosystems. A research team from LSU, University of California, Davis and Clemson University, has found that exposure of Gulf killifish embryos to sediments from oiled locations caused cardiovascular defects, delayed hatching and… Read More
Three Years after Deepwater Horizon, LSU Researcher Investigates Oil Aggregates Still Washing up on Louisiana Beach
LSU Researcher Investigates Oil Aggregates from BP Spill Three years later, oil still washing up on Fourchon Beach, first line of defense against storm surge for New Orleans In the aftermath of the explosion at BP’s Macondo Well on April 20, 2010, approximately five million barrels of oil leaked into the Gulf of Mexico…. Read More
“We still are seeing sick fish, but the incidence of gaping sores has gone down,” Louisiana State University oceanographer Jim Cowan said last week. “We are seeing a high number of fish that have discolored areas on the body … where the scales easily slough off when the fish are handled. We have continued to… Read More
When the Deepwater Horizon disaster leaked an estimated 4.9 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, many researchers feared that coastal ecosystems would never be the same. In May 2010, as part of the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative, or GoMRI, BP committed $500 million over a 10-year period to create a broad… Read More
by Zac Lemoine Deep in the marshes and bayous of Louisiana, the sounds of millions of insects, hundreds of frogs and other creatures can be heard buzzing, croaking and splashing through one of the most delicate ecosystems in the United States. Today, in the third year after the Deepwater Horizon blowout, those sounds — once… Read More