Investigating the effect of oil spills
on the environment and public health.
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Luke McKay

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Department of Marine Sciences

3202 Venable Hall, CB 3300
Chapel Hill , NC  27599  


Project List:

Ecosystem Impacts of Oil and Gas Inputs to the Gulf (ECOGIG)

Year 2-4 Consortia Grants (RFP-I)Role: Graduate Student - PhD Level, GoMRI Scholar

Publications & Presentations:

Journal Articles - 3


McKay, L. J., Gutierrez, T., & Teske, A. P. (2016). Development of a group-specific 16S rRNA-targeted probe set for the identification of Marinobacter by fluorescence in situ hybridization. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, 129, 360–367.


Gutierrez, T., Berry, D., Yang, T., Mishamandani, S., McKay, L., Teske, A., et al. (2013). Role of Bacterial Exopolysaccharides (EPS) in the Fate of the Oil Released during the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. PLoS ONE, 8(6), e67717.


Ziervogel, K., McKay, L. J., Rhodes, B., Osburn, C. L., Dickson-Brown, J., Arnosti, C., et al. (2012). Microbial Activities and Dissolved Organic Matter Dynamics in Oil-Contaminated Surface Seawater from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Site. PLoS ONE, 7(4), e34816.

Conference Presentations - 2


McKay, L., Speare, K., Mendlovitz, H., Hale, A., Yang, T., Nigro, L., et al. (2013). Time Series Studies of the Impacts of Oil and Gas Releases in Northern Gulf of Mexico. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2013. New Orleans, LA: 01/21/2013-01/23/2013.


Joye, S. M., Teske, A., & McKay, L. (2012). Microbial biogeochemical dynamics in contrasting cold seep ecosystems in the Gulf of Mexico. In AGU Annual Meeting. San Francisco, CA, December 3-7, 2012.