Friday, July 16, 2010

Ferris Professor Rodabaugh Discusses BP Gulf Oil Spill

Dr. Gary Rodabaugh
, a professor of Biology at Ferris State University, sensed there would be trouble as he initially became aware of the explosion, on April 20, and subsequent oil leak that since has created an environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

"So when this first popped up. One of the first things that came to mind was that we're in trouble," said Rodabaugh, who also has taught courses in Industrial Hygiene, Hazardous Materials, and Management and Industrial Safety after decades of real-world experience in his areas of expertise before moving to a university setting. "This is not an easy thing to deal with. Oil slicks are always problematic and always difficult to deal with. A very small amount of oil can spread over you wouldn't believe how many miles of surface area."

The BP spill now ranks among the largest oil spills in history with hundreds of millions of gallons having gushed into the waters of the Gulf region.

While there are signs of progress in stopping the leak, the effort to clean up could take years - if not decades.

Dr. Rodabaugh also is a consultant and expert witness in the following areas:
  • Indoor Air Quality
  • Construction defects resulting in occupant exposure to bioaerosols, mold and chemicals
  • Worker exposure to toxic chemicals
  • Residential exposure to mold and toxic chemicals
  • Chemical releases and environmental cleanup strategies
  • Phase 1 and 2 Environmental Site Assessments
  • Environmental, Health and Safety regulatory compliance
  • Occupational injury
Learn more about other Ferris State University faculty and staff experts, by visiting the Web site, here.

Also, be sure to visit Ferris' official YouTube Web page for more videos, here.


  1. nicely put.. i am a ferris gradaute (may '10) and am currently working in the gulf of mexico for the coast guard for Operation Deep Water Horizon. I am on a 60 day deployment in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Maybe I can send pictures or something if you are interested. my email is Any questions or inquiries on what we're dealing with down here, just let me know!

  2. Thanks so much for your input. It's a pleasure to work with Dr. Rodabaugh. I have some more raw video that I am planning to work into clips to feature his expertise on this topic.

    We also appreciate your willingness to share with us.