OC Oil Spill Science at UCI

Two UCI grad students are researching the impact of the recent OC oil spill on some of the tiniest of marine organisms: phytoplankton.
Monday, November 29, 2021
UCI Physical Sciences Communications

The two UCI graduate students spearheading the project, Joana Tavares and Melissa Brock.

Picture Credit:
Lucas Van Wyk Joel

In October 2021, a broken underwater pipe leaked about 25,000 gallons of oil into the waters off the Orange County coast. Almost immediately, scientists from UC Irvine launched a collaborative effort to assess the impacts of the spill on marine life as part of the ongoing Southern California Oil Spill Project. Here's how it all started: