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National Science Foundation taps Auburn researchers to study long-term impact of Gulf oil spill

AUBURN – Auburn University researchers were recently awarded five National Science Foundation rapid response grants to study the environmental impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

While the obvious visual signs of the spill seem to be disappearing, the long-term aftereffects remain to be seen. Auburn has a long history of strong research in marine and coastal environments and these researchers are gathering critical information to support future policy and remediation efforts in response to the spill. Understanding what is happening to crude oil components and dispersants, and their impact on water quality, sediments and seafood, along with the overall coastal ecosystem, is critical to understanding the long-term impacts of the spill on the Gulf Coast economy and residents.

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Auburn professor to study impact of oil spill with grant from National Science Foundation

AUBURN – Stephen “Ash” Bullard, assistant professor in the Department of Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures in Auburn University’s College of Agriculture, recently received a $145,000 National Science Foundation for Rapid Response Research grant for work related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The 12-month study will be conducted by Bullard and Middle Tennessee State University biology professor George Benz. Beginning this month, the researchers will study parasites of fish as biosensors to learn how the toxic effects of the spill impact the marine and coastal environment of Alabama.

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