Guest Expert: Dr. Joseph Montoya
Date of Webinar: January 27, 2015, 4pm (EST)
Topic: Impacts of oil and gas on offshore ecosystems
Title: Impacts of oil and gas on offshore ecosystems
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Description: I’ll provide an overview of the movement of oil and gas carbon into the pelagic food web. I’ll discuss the Deepwater Horizon spill as well as other spills and some of our ongoing work on natural seeps.
Guest Expert Bio: Joseph Montoya is a biological oceanographer with research interests at the interface of biology and geochemistry. His lab specializes in studies of the marine nitrogen cycle and the role of N2-fixation (diazotrophy) in structuring the flow of nitrogen and energy through planktonic ecosystems. Much of his lab’s work has focused on N cycle processes in marine ecosystems using a combination of direct experimental rate measurements and stable isotope natural abundance approaches. More recently, Dr. Montoya’s lab has become deeply involved in studies of the impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on offshore ecosystems of the Gulf of Mexico. The Montoya lab research program is highly interdisciplinary, incorporating work in plankton biology, marine chemistry, and isotope biogeochemistry both at sea and in the lab.
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