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Oil Spill

Leaders in Groundbreaking Research

In the wake of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, University of West Florida researchers joined two of eight research consortia charged with investigating the fate of petroleum in the environment, impacts of the spill and development of new tools and technology for responding to future spills and improving mitigation and restoration over the course of 10 years.

Researchers in Action

Since 2010, representatives from the UWF Center for Environmental Diagnostics and Bioremediation, Center for Research and Economic Opportunity and the Office of Economic Development and Engagement have joined in recovery efforts, whether it was conducting research in the Gulf of Mexico, analyzing impacts to the regional and state economy or allocating grant funds awarded by BP to the eight counties in Northwest Florida affected by the oil spill.

Watch the video to hear key players in the University’s recovery efforts reflect on their work over the past seven years and look ahead at what they plan to do into the future to ensure the health and safety of the Gulf of Mexico.

A Look Back

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Graduate student Dane Smith collects water samples from the Gulf of Mexico on June 15, 2010.

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Skimmers remove oil from the water's surface of Pensacola Bay on June 27, 2010.

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Dr. Matthew Schwartz and students test for components naturally found in sea water that change as oil arrives on Jan. 14, 2011.

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Postdoctoral Research Associate Florian Cesbron analyzes water samples on Jan. 26, 2017.