July 2016 Experimentation

On July 8th, thirty scientists from ADDOMEx descended upon Texas A&M University at Galveston to perform an experiment which would examine the effects of oil and dispersants on the microbial communities in the Gulf of Mexico. Faculty, staff and students – undergraduates, graduates, high schoolers and NSF REU (Research Experiences for Undergrads) from across the country (UC Santa Barbara, Old Dominion University, Mount Allison University and UC Merced) and Canada teamed up to look at the differences between processes occurring…

December Lab Exchange

Just before Christmas, ADDOMEx members from Texas A&M University at Galveston (TAMUG), as well as Mount Allison University in Canada travelled to Santa Barbara, CA to participate in a lab exchange. Dr. Uta Passow and her lab manager Julia Sweet from the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) hosted this exchange in an effort to streamline the protocols that are used by the consortium when forming aggregates in roller tables. Roller tables have been used for some time by Dr.…

October 2015 Experimentation

ADDOMEx recently had its second experimentation meeting on the campus of Texas A&M University at Galveston. This time experiments were conducted on a larger scale with twelve mesocosms. On the morning of the experiment, volunteers from the Quigg lab at A&M gathered at the docks to conduct lots of plankton tows to collect representative communities of the plankton in the Gulf. Like the previous experiments that were conducted in August, mesocosms were filled with seawater, inoculated with plankton from the…

August 2015 Experimentation

ADDOMExers recently gathered on the campus of Texas A&M Universities at Galveston. The purpose of this meeting was to test drive the large tanks (mesocosms) that will be used to house microbial (bacterial and plankton) communities while studying how oil and dispersants affect their growth and the formation of aggregates. To do this, four mesocosms were filled with seawater and inoculated with plankton from the Gulf. Mesocosms were treated with oil and oil plus dispersant. Over about a week, ADDOMEx…

High School Student Studies Degradation of Oil

“It all started with an email,” says Thomas Mathwig, a high school senior from Ocean Lakes Mathematics and Science Academy in Virginia. Thomas’ interest in chemistry prompted his te achers to recommend that he contact Dr. Pat Hatcher at Old Dominion University about potential research opportunities on which he could base his senior project. “Dr. Hatcher and I met up to talk about his research and it was during this meeting that I met Wassim.” Says Thomas. Wassim Obeid is…

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