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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Christopher M. Reddy

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Projects
» Source, transport, and fate of petroleum hydrocarbons in the marine environment

» Natural halogenated compounds: biosynthesis, transport, and fate in aquatic food webs. This work is supported by the National Science Foundation (OCE-0550486).

» The sources and cycling of combustion-derived material in the environment

» Investigating new materials (and avoiding the next DDT)

» Deepwater Horizon disaster


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Source, transport, and fate of petroleum hydrocarbons in the marine environment

We study both the short and long term fate of petroleum in the environment. Our approach is often to use novel and advanced techniques like molecular level radiocarbon analysis and comprehensive two dimensional gas chromatography.

See recent articles in Oceanus: http://www.whoi.edu/oceanus/viewArticle.do?id=2471, http://www.whoi.edu/oceanus/viewArticle.do?id=25568, http://www.whoi.edu/oceanus/viewArticle.do?id=57272, and http://www.whoi.edu/oceanus/viewArticle.do?id=73126.

This work includes the study of natural oil seeps off the coast of Santa Barbara, CA and the Gulf of Mexico as well as numerous oil spills (Florida, 1969; Bouchard 65, 1974; North Cape, 1996; Bouchard 120, 2003; Cosco Busan, 2007; and Deepwater Horizon Disaster, 2010). Work on the Santa Barbara seeps, Deepwater Horizon disaster, and microbial degradation of hydrocarbons is supported by the National Science Foundation.

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