Posted: Jul 5, 2010 1:02 PM by Veronica White
Updated: Jul 5, 2010 5:38 PM
Two UL professors are being sent by the National Science Foundation to the Gulf of Mexico to study the oil spill's impact.
Biology professors Suzanne Fredericq and Darryl Felder got an almost 200,000 dollar grant to study these life forms in the Gulf.
Fredericq focuses on plants, and Felder on wildlife-both indicators of how the oil can affect areas along the shore.
"All plants provide oxygen-and oxygen is needed to sustain the whole food chain. So if you don't have oxygen you're going to have dead zones," says Fredericq.
"I'm working with the decapods-the crabs, shrimp and lobsters-these are excellent indicator organisms for the health of communities," says Felder.
It is a year-long project starting with a 10-day boat ride from Louisiana to Florida, to gather samples to take back to UL for study.
The exact dates are unknown but they will go on the trip by November.