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LSU shares research findings from Deepwater Horizon oil spill

In the three years since the Deepwater Horizon disaster leaked an estimated 4.9 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, researchers around the globe have worked to understand the impact the spill has had and will have on the Gulf.

2013 RainmakersParticipants peruse the poster session to learn about research that has taken place since oil spill.


2013 RainmakersVice Chancellor Designate for Research & Economic Development Kalliat T. Valsaraj and Nancy Rabalais while at the poster session.
Holly Carruth/LSU Research & Economic Development

On April 22, The LSU Office of Research & Economic Development held the "Louisiana Research Perspectives on the Deepwater Horizon 2010 Spill: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly," conference, to discuss research generated to date with a strong focus on what has been learned and what new research questions this knowledge generated. About 150 people attended the event, including representatives from BP, Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative and the Louisiana Governor's Office.

"LSU was a leader in the response to the oil spill and remains at the forefront of research related to that event," said Vice Chancellor Designate for Research & Economic Development Kalliat T. Valsaraj. "This conference served as an important mechanism to acknowledge the third anniversary of the incident, share our results with other researchers and, perhaps most importantly, continue the conversation about the long-term impacts of the spill. It also highlighted the future research needs in the general area of oil spill remediation."

Broken into four separate thematic sessions and a poster session, the conference brought together LSU faculty as well as researchers from other universities across the southern region and industry leaders to discuss the impact of the spill.

Each of the sessions focused on broad questions pertaining to various aspects of the disaster. Each session had a number of concurrent presentations researchers at LSU and elsewhere delving deeper into the many nuances of completed and ongoing research.

  • Session I: Fate of DH Crude Oil on Louisiana Environments
Speaker: Chris Reddy - Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

  • Session II: Impacts & Effects of DH Crude on Louisiana Environments at Multiple Scales
Speaker: John Teal - Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

  • Session III: Engineering, Energy & Economic Aspects
Speaker: Scott Socolofksy - Texas A&M University

  • Session IV: Social Sciences & Public Health Aspects
Speaker: Maureen Lichtveld - Tulane School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine

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