Professor Ron Tjeerdema Featured in Chemical and Engineering News

Posted: 01.15.2014

evantjeerdema.jpgDispersants are a necessary tool for oil-spill response, the aquatic toxicologist says, and TOXICITY STUDIES must be done with care

AFTER THE DEEPWATER Horizon oil rig sank, tens of thousands of barrels of oil spewed daily into the Gulf of Mexico. How to handle the onslaught came down to a choice between two bad options, says Ronald Tjeerdema , a professor of aquatic toxicology at the University of California, Davis. One was to risk coating the beaches and marshes of the northern Gulf Coast with oil and exposing cleanup workers to more of it. The other was to try to keep as much oil as possible in the water, far from the shore...

Full Article: Jyllian Kemsley, “C&EN  Talks with Ron Tjeerdema.” Chemical and Engineering News, Volume 91, No. 22, June 3, 2013.