Description of Research
This study focuses on long term biodegradation studies of varying crude oil concentrations in different cold temperatures and high salinity regimes to mimic what would happen if oil were spilled in the Arctic oceans and froze into the Sea Ice, concentrating the oil in ice brine channels. The microbial populations are monitored to see the relationship between the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) concentrations, bacterial counts, and the protest counts (prey on bacteria). The water soluble fractions of oil (PAH) are analyzed over time with a gas chromatograph- flame ionization detector (GC-FID) and the microbes are counted using epifluorescent microscopy techniques.
Selected Presentations and Publications
International Oil Spill Conference in Oregon, May 2011
B.A. Environmental Studies, B.A. Anthropology at UCSC, 2007; M.S. Natural Resources at UNH, 2009