Hello Science World,My name is Corine Samaras and I am going to be a senior at Florida State University. I was fortunate enough to be chosen to work with the Deep-C Consortium as an undergraduate this summer.
I will be spending this summer under the mentorship of Dr. Markus Huettel, an oceanographer here at FSU. I will be preparing my research in the basement of the Rogers (Oceanography/Statistics) Building on the FSU campus. I have already begun conducting an experiment on the aerobic decomposition of MC252 crude oil in Gulf of Mexico sediments. I will be preparing eight columns, four of which are filled with saturated sand (control) and four of which will be filled with sand and a little bit of oil (experimental). A peristaltic pump will be used to control water flow through the cores. I will be using an optode to measure the oxygen concentration at the entry and exit of each column. In the end I will hopefully be able to calculate the oxygen consumption rate caused by the oil, which will be used as proxy for the aerobic oil degradation rate.
|Here is one piece of my setup.|
|Equipment to measure the oxygen concentration.|