RPI article makes PLOS Collection “Editor’s Pick”

A journal article by RPI authors Scott Zengel, Zach Nixon, and Jacqui Michel was chosen as an Editor’s pick for the PLOS One collection on Oil Spills. Follow the links below to read about recovery of oiled salt marshes in Louisiana following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Check out the collection here: Read RPI’s article [...]

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RPI Supports Hurricane Missions in Florida, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands

Hurricane-displaced vessel grounded on a coral reef, St. Croix, USVI.   Multiple RPI personnel have been assisting NOAA, the U.S. Coast Guard, and State and Territorial Governments with scientific support, natural resource protection, and environmental compliance following Hurricanes Irma and Maria in Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. RPI’s work has been part [...]

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RPI’s Dr. Adriana Bejarano is a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Committee on Evaluation of the Use of Chemical Dispersants in Oil Spill Response

This committee was formed in summer 2017 and the project scope is: This study will assess the effects and efficacy of dispersants as an oil spill response tool through review and evaluation of domestic and international research reports and results, including both laboratory and field studies. The study will evaluate trade-offs associated with dispersant use, [...]

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RPI publishes paper on in-situ burning in oiled marshes

RPI and USFWS, along with other industry scientists published an article in the journal Science of The Total Environment entitled “Vegetation recovery in an oil-impacted and burned Phragmites australis tidal freshwater marsh.” In-situ burning of oiled marshes is a cleanup method that can be more effective and less damaging than intrusive manual and mechanical methods. In-situ burning of oil [...]

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RPI staff publish article in the Environmental Science Journal for Teens

RPI staff members Scott Zengel, Jennifer Weaver, and Zach Nixon published an article on fiddler crabs and oil spills in the Environmental Science Journal for Teens (link below), one of the titles from the non-profit Science Journal for Kids. The article is an adaptation of a peer-reviewed paper from the journal Estuaries and Coasts, aimed at middle to [...]

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Lingering subsurface oil from the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill

RPI is pleased to announce the publication of a new paper by Zach Nixon and Jacqueline Michel entitled:  “A Review of distribution and quantity of lingering subsurface oil from the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill” This paper is a new synthesis of the body of literature on the causal geomorphic and physical mechanisms for persistence of oil in the [...]

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RPI on Team Selected to Develop the Environmental Impact Statement for the Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion Restoration Project in Coastal Louisiana

RPI has been selected as part of the Gulf Engineers & Consultants (GEC) team which will develop the third-party Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion for Louisiana’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The sediment diversion is a key project under Louisiana’s Coastal Master Plan, a [...]

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The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) features study conducted by RPI scientists

The GoMRI website has featured RPI’s article “Five-Year Study Finds Deepwater Horizon Negatively Affected Periwinkle Snails”. The study’s authors are Scott Zengel, Jennifer Weaver, Steven C. Pennings, Brian Silliman, Donald R. Deis, Clay L. Montague, Nicolle Rutherford, Zachary Nixon, and Andrew R. Zimmerman. see more:  http://gulfresearchinitiative.org/five-year-study-finds-de…/

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RPI publishes paper on “Oil Spill Response-Related Injuries on Sand Beaches: When Shoreline Treatment Extends the Impacts Beyond the Oil”

RPI and USFWS scientists published an article in the Theme Section for the journal Marine Environmental Progress Series (MEPS) entitled “Response of nearshore ecosystems to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.” The Deepwater Horizon spill resulted in chronic, multi-year re-oiling and up to 4 yr of extensive and often intensive treatments. Of the 965 km of sand beaches that were oiled, shoreline [...]

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