OSU experts in the Gulf

Two Oregon State researchers have headed to the Gulf of Mexico to monitor the effects of April’s Deepwater Horizon spill.

Sea Grant director Stephen Brandt is currently in the Gulf – he’s studying how the spill is affecting fish and other marine life there. Brandt will be blogging throughout his trip. Three days ago Brandt captured footage of Tropical Storm Hermine from his research vessel, Pelican.

Environmental and Molecular Toxicology professor Kim Anderson has been monitoring air and water levels of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) along the coast of four Gulf states. Anderson’s samples from Louisiana showed that, by June 7, concentrations of PAHs had risen 40 times higher than levels on May 1. In a USA Today writeup on her work, Anderson said that Gulf disaster was “A chemical spill in the ocean.”

A great video on Anderson’s work can be seen on the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences website.

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