Deep-sea shipwreck microbiomes in the Gulf of Mexico: the long-term impact of Deepwater Horizon

Congratulations to assistant professor Dr. Leila Hamdan and post-doc Dr. Jennifer Salerno and all the members of the GOM-SCHEMA project team!  The researchers presented their new research on February 22, 2016 at the 2016 Ocean Sciences Meeting co-sponsored by the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography, The Oceanography Society, and the American Geophysical Union. More information can be found at

News coverage on the popular shipwreck/microbiome/corrosion study includes a great video (embedded below) that you can (should) watch:

American Geophysical Union (AGU) Press Release (Feb. 22, 2016): 

The Washington Post (Feb. 23, 2016): 

International Business Times (Feb. 23, 2016):

The Chicago Tribune (Feb. 23, 2016):

Science News (Feb. 23, 2016):

Newsweek (Feb. 24, 2016):

WGNO-ABC (Feb. 25, 2016):

Scientific American (Mar. 1, 2016):

Important Dates for Students

SPRING 2020 Semester (modified due to COVID-19)

MLK Day (university closed): Jan 20

First day of classes: Jan 21

Spring Break (extended): Mar 9-20

Dissertation/Thesis Deadline: May 8

Last day of classes: May 11

Reading Day(s): May 12

Final Exam Period: May 13-20

University Commencement: May 22 (tentative)

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