First off, in both experiments we were able to show significant growth of Alcanivorax spp. and Acinetobacter spp. on Macondo Oil. Secondly, one of our extraction procedures was able to demonstrate a decrease in total petroleum hydrocarbons. Both of these conclusions provide further evidence that these bacteria eat petroleum hydrocarbons and may give us insight into their role in the microbial communities of oiled environments!
Last week, I had the opportunity to present a poster on the data Kala and I have collected this summer at an Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) poster session. It was an awesome experience to speak with other undergraduate researchers and learn about the other research happening at Georgia Tech with the summer REU program in aquatic chemical ecology.
|Me presenting a poster of Kala’s and my data at the REU Poster Session.|
With my last words I would like to thank everyone in the Kostka Lab at Georgia Tech, especially Dr. Joel Kostka, Kala Marks, and Will Overholt, for all their mentoring and guidance this summer. I would also like to thank the Deep-C Consortium for this great opportunity. I hope you all gained a better appreciation for the role of the microbial community in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon Spill!
|Curtis Okolovitch, Georgia Tech|