Matthew Pendergraft, M.S. Graduate Student

My Research

Matthew PendergraftAs a new graduate student at Tulane’s Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, within the School of Science and Engineering, I will conduct a Master of Science thesis related to the Deepwater Horizon – Macondo Gulf Oil Spill of 2010. I will use a pyrolysis (the breaking down of organic material with heat but without fire) analytical system in the laboratory to learn more about hydrocarbons in soils and sediments along the Gulf Coast. The goal of my research is to better understand how oil from the spill that has reached Louisiana beaches and estuaries is changing over time.

My Life at Tulane

I came to Tulane specifically for the purpose of studying the oil spill, although I was (and still am) interested in living in New Orleans. I recognize that the Gulf Oil Spill can be a controversial topic, yet I hope we all can agree that it is important to learn the effects associated with the spill.

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