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UM Rosenstiel School Scientists Awarded Over $14 Million to Advance Oil Spill Science

September 21, 2017

MIAMI – Researchers at the UM Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science were awarded $12 million in two research consortium grants from the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) to support research on the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the environment. UM Rosenstiel School was the only research institution to receive two of the eight highly competitive research consortia grants awarded by GoMRI in its final two-year funding cycle. Three awards totaling $2.5 million were also given to individual researchers at the school.

“We are thrilled that GoMRI recognizes the importance of the groundbreaking research led by Rosenstiel School researchers through their continued investment in the science of oil spills,” said UM Rosenstiel School Dean Roni Avissar. “The scientific teams can continue their critical research to further our understanding of the impacts of oil spills from all perspectives.”

The research grants were awarded two UM Rosenstiel School-based research consortia CARTHE (Consortium for Advanced Research on Transport of Hydrocarbons in the Environment) and RECOVER (Relationships of Effects of Cardiac Outcomes in fish for Validation of Ecological Risk).

Under the leadership of UM Rosenstiel School Professor Tamay Özgökmen, CARTHE, which consists of 19 principal investigators from 12 institutions, received $6 million to continue the necessary research to predict the fate of oil released into the environment to help inform and guide response teams in the event of future oil spills.

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