Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill
The OSU Marine Council established the Gulf of Mexico Action Coordination Team (ACT) in recognition that there are a number of OSU faculty involved in the Gulf of Mexico and that OSU has tremendous science capabilities that could be applied in the region. Our goal is to form a network of OSU faculty that have activities, interests and capabilities that can be applied to the Gulf of Mexico and in future proposal endeavors should funding become available. The Team will work to identify and pursue opportunities for OSU to contribute our expertise and capacity in the Gulf.
Dr. Stephen Brandt
The OSU Marine Council established a Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Action Coordination Team (ACT) because there are a number of OSU faculty involved in the Gulf of Mexico and because OSU has tremendous science capabilities that could be applied in the region. The goal of the ACT is to form a network of OSU faculty that have activities, interests and capabilities that can be applied to the Gulf of Mexico and in future proposal endeavors should funding become available.
The Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was an unprecedented environmental disaster. The spill began on April 20, 2010 and resulted in approximately 60,000 barrels of oil being released into the Gulf each day for almost three months. It is the largest oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry. The spill resulted from an explosion that occurred as the Deepwater Horizon oil rig was drilling an exploratory well at a depth of about 5,000 feet. Floating containment booms, skimmer ships, and other barricades have been placed along shorelines in an attempt to prevent oil from spreading to nearby beaches, wetlands and estuaries. The extent of environmental, social, and economic damage caused by the spill is still being determined.
Research and Facilities
The multidisciplinary Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill ACT has the capacity and available facilities to address many of the research questions arising from the spill. Members have expertise in oceanography, geology, sedimentation, environmental and molecular toxicology, shellfish physiology, fisheries biology, cetacean genetics and demographics, and oil spill related issues that limit recovery of marine bird populations. ACT members also have a vast array of research facilities available for conducting oil spill-related analyses (e.g., the Hatfield Marine Science Center quarantine for brining in organisms from out of state, and a Roche 454 Jr next generation sequencing instrument capable of gene expression analyses).
The ACT will coordinate and partner with other Marine Council ACTs and OSU faculty as appropriate. Additionally, ACT members will distribute information on, and attend conferences about the Gulf of Mexico oil spill to promote their own research and learn about the work of others.
OSU involvement in answering critical research questions on a national and media-intensive issue such as the Gulf of Mexico oil spill would help promote OSU’s marine science reputation.
ACT members have considered how their combined expertise can be utilized in the Gulf, and are exploring potential funding opportunities in the region. There will likely be two phases of research (and funding) for ACT members to consider becoming involved with: (1) damage assessment and (2) restoration. Note: Members who are federal employees may be exempt from accepting funding from British Petroleum and its contractors.
Stephen Brandt, Team Lead and Director, Oregon Sea Grant, Stephen.Brandt@oregonstate.edu
Kim Anderson, Environmental and Molecular Toxicology, firstname.lastname@example.org
Julie Brandis, Director, Corporate Relations, email@example.com
Lorenzo Ciannelli, College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences (COAS), firstname.lastname@example.org
Jennifer Field, Environmental and Molecular Toxicology, email@example.com
Chris Goldfinger, COAS, firstname.lastname@example.org
Miguel Goni, COAS, email@example.com
Scott Heppell, Dept of Fisheries & Wildlife, firstname.lastname@example.org
Alexander Kurapov, COAS, email@example.com
John Lambrinos, Dept of Horticulture, firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Langdon, Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station (COMES), email@example.com
Bruce Mate, Director, Marine Mammal Institute, College of Agricultural Sciences, firstname.lastname@example.org
Fred Prahl, COAS, email@example.com
Daniel Roby, Dept of Fisheries & Wildlife, firstname.lastname@example.org
Adam Schultz, COAS, email@example.com
Todd Simmons, Vice President, University Advancement, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kate Sinner, Federal Relations, email@example.com
Bill Stubblefield, Environmental and Molecular Toxicology, firstname.lastname@example.org
Marta Torres, COAS, email@example.com
Anne Trehu, COAS, Trehu@coas.oregonstate.edu
Jo Tynon, College of Forestry, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rob Wheatcroft, COAS, email@example.com