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Study Analyzes Trends and Gaps in Oil Spill Literature Since 1968

Study Analyzes Trends and Gaps in Oil Spill Literature Since 1968

Researchers surveyed oil spill studies between 1968 and 2015 to characterize the field and describe changes. The team found that, despite its episodic nature, oil spill research is a rapidly expanding field with a growth rate greater than science as a...
Special Issue Magazine Features UTMSI Scientists

Special Issue Magazine Features UTMSI Scientists

A new special issue of Oceanography magazine features work from the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative.The recent September edition of Oceanography magazine is a special issue focused on the work that the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative is sponsoring on the...
An Ocean Oil Spill Science Legacy

An Ocean Oil Spill Science Legacy

There have been two large scale oil spills over the past 4 decades in the Gulf of Mexico. The Ixtoc I spill in 1979 off the coast of Carmen, Mexico released 3.5 million barrels of crude oil into the Gulf, and...
Dispatches from the Gulf

Dispatches from the Gulf

Dr. Ed Buskey, UTMSI professor and lead scientist for one of the research projects featured in the film "Dispatches From The Gulf," participated in a special screening in Houston this week. Courtesy photo.The 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill occurred 1,500 meters...
Seeing Red

Seeing Red

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill spanned 87 days during which approximately 4 million barrels of crude oil were released into the northern Gulf of Mexico; making it the largest marine oil spill in U.S. history. British Petroleum soon after committed $500...
Study Quantifies Photooxidation and Biodegradation of Surface Oil

Study Quantifies Photooxidation and Biodegradation of Surface Oil

Scientists from the University of Texas Marine Science Institute assessed photooxidation and biodegradation rates on different hydrocarbon groups.   They found that photooxidation was the main driver for degrading aromatic hydrocarbons, and biodegradation was the key process controlling the degradation of...