Monday, July 19, 2010

Ferris Biological Sciences Department Head Strasser Discusses BP Oil Spill Impact On Marine Wildlife

Dr. Karen Strasser, Department Head for the Biological Sciences Department at Ferris State University, offers her thoughts on the impact of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, both short term and long term.

"They will clean up beaches and the more populated areas," Strasser said as she also discussed the impact on marine species that grow up close to the shoreline off the Gulf of Mexico. "I am not positive anybody knows what the full effects are going to be for a long time."

Dr. Strasser has taught Developmental Biology and introductory biology courses for majors and non majors. Beyond her in-class instruction, some of Dr. Strasser's research is focused on the development, ecology and systematics of decapod crustaceans.

Dr. Strasser earned her Ph.D. in Environmental and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and her B.S. in Marine Science/Biology from the University of Tampa.

Today, there are positive signs about the leak's stoppage but, the effort to clean up the spill's impact could take years - or longer.

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