Breaking it down: Oil in the environment

July 14, 2020, 2 – 3:30 pm CST. Register here.

This online-only event will be available as a Zoom webinar and via Facebook Live. The format each event will be three individual presentations followed by a live question and answer session with all three speakers. Scroll down for details.

Oil is a complex mixture of chemicals and begins to transform the moment it enters the marine environment. Join us for this free webinar and learn from our guest speakers about the chemical makeup of oil, its evolution and breakdown.

Speakers and topics below.


Oil: What is it made of and how do we detect it in the environment?
Edward B. Overton, Ph.D., Louisiana State University


Chief_Scientist_jk (web) How do microbes break down oil and oil-based compounds in the environment?
Joel Kostka, Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology


CollinWard_ImageHow does oil break down and evolve with exposure to sunlight?
Collin Ward, Ph.D., Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution



Questions? Please contact Emily Maung-Douglass with Louisiana Sea Grant at or 225.578.9926.

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