Summer research is in full swing and we are very happy to welcome Ben and Reena from Villanova University to our lab. Ben and Reena are working on a project with Adam Langley investigating what happens when oil from spills washes up on coast lines and interacts with salt marsh ecosystems. A quick google image search will give you an indication of what is on our minds these days. Ben and Reena are in the lab for a few weeks to look at the oil fraction of their experiments and try to determine how biodegraded it is. With an oil spill as large as the BP Deepwater Horizon spill, there are numerous environments that need to be examined. There’s the surface ocean, the deep-sea, the nearshore, the coastal zone, the atmosphere, the fish, the birds, the corals etc… Sometimes these investigations seem endless. There still is plenty of work to do. Scientists have been examining the effects of the spill from the first few days until today and will continue to do so into the future. More info on the research investigating the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, can be found here.