Our researchers hail from the East, West, and Gulf coasts, as well as Canada. Each team consists of a lead PI as well as other researchers, postdocs, graduate students, and even undergraduate students. Click on the links above to view bios of team members by institution.
The consortium is led by Texas A&M University and comprises 5 other collaborating institutions and Texas Sea Grant. Texas A&M University, including researchers from Marine Biology, Marine Science, Oceanography, and the Geochemical and Environmental Research Group, will be responsible for the overall project management and lead the laboratory experiments and field collections. Collaborating institutions supporting the microbe and exudate analysis include the University of California – Merced for the bacterial microfluidic chips, microgel aggregation, microscopy study and minority educational outreach, the University of Southern California to examine the prokaryotic microbial (bacteria and archaea) community structure and activity, Mount Allison University (Canada) to examine phytoplankton community structure and activity, the University of California Santa Barbara to investigate the role of microbial EPS production for aggregation/ degradation/ dispersion of oil/ dispersant using roller table experiments and Old Dominion University to analyze the exudates with multiple state-of-the-art instrumentation. Consortium members have extensive experience working in the northern Gulf of Mexico and are uniquely qualified to study the molecular-level chemistry of sparingly-soluble substances in complex systems. While the work will be focused on examining biological and chemical phenomena, we will include physical dynamics in order to better understand the multi-factorial consequences of the spill on the system by using data from the TABS buoy network. Individual consortium members have collaborated with each other in different projects previously but this will be an exciting opportunity to bring our collective expertise together for this unique interdisciplinary project.