Current Research Projects
The Louisiana Sea Grant College Program (LSG) intends to support eight research projects for the funding period beginning Feb. 1, 2016. Below is a synopsis of the projects, along with a list of the principal investigators and their affiliations are available.
Funded Omnibus Research Projects:
Louisiana Sea Grant announced it is funding five new projects concentrating on the program’s Resilient Communities focus area. One is a research project and the others are scientific synthesis efforts – where existing data is used to develop new models to explain or test a problem. Below is a synopsis of the two-year projects, along with a list of the investigators and their affiliations.
Three Louisiana State University scientists received a $500,000, three-year grant from the U.S Environmental Protection Agency to study the feasibility of producing “green” dispersants for future oil spills in the Gulf of Mexico.
LSU AgCenter faculty Andrew Nyman and Chris Green and AgCenter and Louisiana Sea Grant faculty member Brian LeBlanc began their research in 2012. Their project – titled:Bacillus subtilis Biosurfactants with Potentially Lower Environmental Impact for Salt Water Applications – includes collaborations with Iowa State and Colombia universities.
The study will attempt to produce oil dispersants that have less of an impact on the wetland environment.
In 2015, the Louisiana Sea Grant College Program was able to fund the Ocean Science Assistantship Program (OSAP) with generous support from Shell. This program provides student support for two years of Master’s-level research relevant to environmental, social, and economic issues associated with oil and gas activities in deep-water environments (shelf ecosystems).