UCSB Researchers Receive Funding to Study Effects of Refugio Oil Spill


On May 19, 2015, near Refugio State Beach, thousands of gallons of oil leaked from a pipeline fed by offshore platforms in the Santa Barbara Channel. Within hours, UC Santa Barbara’s David Valentine and volunteers from his lab were on site collecting samples. Valentine, a professor in UCSB’s Department of Earth Science, and several colleagues who have long used Refugio as a living laboratory, see the oil spill as an opportunity to understand how marine ecosystems respond to disturbance. Now, with a $588,000 grant from the Simons Foundation, the researchers will continue to study the area for the next year. 

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Friday, August 14, 2015