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LUMCON-led CWC Presents at GOMRI Conference in New Orleans

LUMCON-led CWC Presents at GOMRI Conference in New Orleans

January 31, 2013

The Coastal Waters Consortium, studying The Effects of the Macondo Oil Spill on Coastal Ecosystems, and directed by LUMCON Principal Investigator/Project Director, Nancy Rabalais, attended the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science Conference in New Orleans, January 21-23, with presentations by the following:

  • Ed Overton: Hydrocarbons in Near Shore Coastal Waters One Year After to Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
  • Gene Turner: Macondo 252 Oil in Louisiana Salt Marshes
  • Michael Kearney: Long-Term Changes in Marsh Vegetation Coverage and Vigor in Barataria Bay and Terrebonne Bay
  • Kersey Sturdivant: Assessing the Effects and Recovery of Sediment-Associated Hydrocarbons on Bioturbation and Sediment Properties Following the BP Oil Spill [Kersey suffered a hard drive crash and did not present, but will be presenting at the ASLO meeting in New Orleans in February]
  • Annette Engel: Multiple Stressors Impact Marsh Sediment Bacterial Diversity After the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill
  • Brian Roberts: Louisiana Brackish and Saltmarsh Greenhouse Gas Fluxes Following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Salinity Manipulations
  • Paola Lopez-Duarte: Can Exposure to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill be Detected in the Marsh Fish Otoliths?
  • Charles Martin: Investigation of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Accumulation in Coastal Alabama Waterfowl After the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
  • Chanda Drennen: Similarity Among Microbial Communities from Louisiana Coastal Marshes Reveals Potential to Respond to Disturbance
  • Suzanne Fredericq: Assessment of Deepwater Horizon Spill Impacts on Offshore Seaweed Diversity in the NW Gulf of Mexico
  • Jerome La Peyre: Assessment of Oil Impact on Eastern Oyster Health
  • Linda Hooper-Bùi: Putting the Canary Back in the Coal Mine: Crickets and Ants in the Saltmarshes Post-Macondo Blowout
  • Sabrina Taylor: Response of Seaside Sparrows to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
  • Suzanne Fredericq: Function of Rhodoliths as Seedbanks in Post-Spill NW Gulf of Mexico Deep Banks: a Novel and Unexplored Concept
  • John Marton: Louisiana Brackish and Salt Marsh Nitrification Potential and Microbial Diversity Following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
  • Darryl Felder: Assessment of Deepwater Horizon Spill Impacts on Shelf and Slope Decapod Crustaceans
  • Heather Bracken-Grissom: Biodiversity Discoveries and Gene Expression Studies Applied to Assess the Stress Response of Decapod Crustaceans Affected by the Gulf of Mexico Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
  • Paola Lopez-Duarte: Oil Spill Effects on Salt Marsh Fish Assemblages: Selection of Appropriate Indicator Species
  • Dubravko Justic: River Diversions, Residence Times and Estuarine-Shelf Exchanges in Deltaic Gulf of Mexico Estuaries: Implications for Oil Spill Trajectory Modeling

The CWC is the sole consortium among eight that is focusing on the coastal ecosystem effects of the oil spill. From the breadth of the above named presentations, it is obvious that the group is making progress in not only understanding the effects of the spill but also the functioning of coastal ecosystems.