Water sampling in coastal North Carolina and the Gulf Stream for baseline levels of hydrocarbons

Greetings Everyone! My graduate student Nidhi Patel, an undergraduate Kirsten Grosweiller, and I just returned from a ~24h cruise collecting water and sediment from coastal North Carolina. This expedition was conducted in collaboration with UNC Wilmington onboard their vessel the R/V Cape Fear. The samples we collected will be analyzed for baseline levels of hydrocarbons in case the Deepwater Horizon spill makes it way around Florida and proceeds up the Atlantic seaboard.

Stay tuned for the results of our analyses.