By Carey L. Perry
On the third anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon incident, a diverse group of researchers gathered at Louisiana State University for a conference to discuss “Louisiana Research Perspectives on the Deepwater Horizon 2010 Spill: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.” Presenters included ecologists, geologists, physicists, sociologists, public health experts, economists, and fishermen, among others, who discussed research generated from the oil spill to date, with a strong focus on what has been learned and what new research questions the current knowledge has generated.
At the start of the conference, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) scientists, Dr. Chris Reddy and Dr. John Teal, addressed attendees as the conference’s keynote speakers. Dr. Chris Reddy is a senior scientist in the WHOI's Department of Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry. Since April 2010, he has devoted much of his research efforts to studying the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. He has studied numerous other oil spills around the world. Dr. John Teal, a well-known coastal wetland ecologist is Scientist Emeritus at WHOI. In addition to his numerous years of coastal marsh research, Dr. Teal has investigated the effects of hydrostatic pressure on deepsea animals, the physiology of large, warm-blooded fishes, bird migration over oceans, wastewater treatment, and oil pollution.