Analysis of Plankton Samples from the Deepwater Horizon Damage Assessment


The main project our lab is currently engaged in is the analysis of plankton samples collected during and after the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill to investigate the potential impacts of the spill.  We are using Zooscan instruments to create a digital archive of the samples and we are using automated image analysis techniques to analyze the images.

Walton Smith WS1304 Cruise ReportCRUISE

This cruise was the second of two annual cruises for the project: “Investigating the Potential Ecological
Impacts of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and the Biologically-mediated Mechanisms of Removal of
Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs)” funded by the BP Gulf Research Initiative administered by
the Louisiana State University Office of Research and Economic Development.

Cruise Report (PDF)