An $11 million grant is aiding a study of the effects of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Researchers at the University of South Florida in St. Petersburg hope to find out how marine life and the Gulf are managing after the deep-water blowout.
Deep-water spills are much more disastrous than surface spills because they take place multidimensionally: on and below the water’s surface.
The research is headed by more than a dozen scientists from the University. USF chemical oceanographer David Hollander, a principal investigator, is determining how the oil’s behavior affects the ecosystem. Another researcher, USF biological oceanographer Steve Murawski, is studying how large fish species are adapting to the spill.