|Location||University of Newcastle, Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources|
|Eligibility||Open to international applicants|
Bioremediation of oil in WWII Wrecks
Approximately 13 million tons of shipping was sunk in the Pacific after World War II, with oil and other hazardous chemicals still on board. With several recent incidences of oil contamination of marine and coastal systems due to oil spills and leakages, these sunken wrecks pose a serious ongoing threat to marine and coastal ecosystems.
At the Global Centre for Environmental Remediation at the University of Newcastle, world-class researchers are working in the risk assessment and remediation of contaminated environments including oil contamination. Together with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), this research project will tackle bioremediation of oil in WWII wrecks.
The research project will seek to assess the likely risk and impacts of oil contamination on the ecology of marine and coastal environments using toxicological tests. It will also include investigation into the microbial diversity of a crude oil contaminated environments using modern molecular approaches. Potential outcomes for this project include the development of novel bioremediation technology based on microorganisms able to simultaneously increase oil bioavailability and degrade oil.
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