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Edward Overton

Louisiana State University

Department of Environmental Sciences

School of the Coast and Environment
1271 Energy, Coast and Environment Building
Baton Rouge , LA  70803  

ebovert@lsu.edu

Project List:

Toxicological Properties of Specific Aromatic Hydrocarbons Isolated from Fresh and Aged Crude Oil from the Deepwater Horizon Spill

Year 6-8 Investigator Grants (RFP-V)Role: Co-Principal Investigator

Coastal Waters Consortium II (CWC II)

Year 5-7 Consortia Grants (RFP-IV)Role: Co-Principal Investigator, Task Lead

Coastal Waters Consortium (CWC)

Year 2-4 Consortia Grants (RFP-I)Role: Co-Principal Investigator, Task Co-Lead

Analysis of Samples Collected to Measure Effects of Stressors on Coastal Wetlands

Year One Block Grant - Louisiana State UniversityRole: Co-Principal Investigator

Collection of Near-Shore Sediment Samples Associated with Potential Fishery Impacts

Year One Block Grant - Louisiana State UniversityRole: Principal Investigator, Project Data Point of Contact

Elementally Resolved Chemistry of the Evolution of the Oil Spill

Year One Block Grant - Louisiana State UniversityRole: Co-Principal Investigator

Investigating the Potential Ecological Impacts of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and the Biologically-mediated Mechanisms of Removal of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs)

Year One Block Grant - Louisiana State UniversityRole: Co-Principal Investigator

Effects of Oil, Dispersant, and Remediation-related Human Activities on Marsh Plants and Associated Insects and Mollusks

Year One Block Grant - The Northern Gulf InstituteRole: Co-Principal Investigator

Publications & Presentations:

Journal Articles - 16

In Press/Early Release

Engel, A. S., Liu, C., Paterson, A. T., Anderson, L. C., Turner, R. E., & Overton, E. B. (In-Press). Salt marsh bacterial communities before and after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, .

2017

Olson, G. M., Gao, H., Meyer, B. M., Miles, M. S., & Overton, E. B. (2017). Effect of Corexit 9500A on Mississippi Canyon crude oil weathering patterns using artificial and natural seawater. Heliyon, 3(3), e00269.

2016

Overton, E. B., Wade, T. L., Radovic, J., Meyer, B. M., Miles, M. S., & Larter, S. R. (2016). Chemical Composition of Macondo and other Crude Oils and Compositional Alterations during Oil Spills. Oceanog, 29(3), 50–63.
Tarr, M. A., Ray P.Z., Overton, E. B., Olson G.M., Adhikari, P. L., & Reddy, C. M. (2016). Weathering of oil spilled in the marine environment. Oceanog, 29(3), 126–135.

2015

Adhikari, P. L., Maiti, K., & Overton, E. B. (2015). Vertical fluxes of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Marine Chemistry, 168, 60–68.

2014

Hooper-Bui, L. M., Rabalais, N. N., Engel, A. S., Turner, R. E., McClenachan, G., Roberts, B., et al. (2014). Overview of Research into the Coastal Effects of the Macondo Blowout from the Coastal Waters Consortium: A GoMRI Consortium. International Oil Spill Conference Proceedings, 2014(1), 604–617.
Meyer, B. M., Overton, E. B., & Turner, R. E. (2014). Oil source identification using diagnostic biomarker ratio analyses. International Oil Spill Conference Proceedings, 2014(1), 2064–2073.
Overton, E. B., Miles, M. S., Meyer, B. M., Gao, H., & Turner, R. E. (2014). Oil source fingerprinting in heavily weathered residues and coastal marsh samples. International Oil Spill Conference Proceedings, 2014(1), 2074–2082.
Parsons, M. L., Turner, R. E., & Overton, E. B. (2014). Sediment-preserved diatom assemblages can distinguish a petroleum activity signal separately from the nutrient signal of the Mississippi River in coastal Louisiana. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 85(1), 164–171.
Ramsey III, E., Meyer, B. M., Rangoonwala, A., Overton, E., Jones, C. E., & Bannister, T. (2014). Oil source-fingerprinting in support of polarimetric radar mapping of Macondo-252 oil in Gulf Coast marshes. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 89(1-2), 85–95.
Turner, R. E., Overton, E. B., Meyer, B. M., Miles, M. S., & Hooper-Bui, L. (2014). Changes in the concentration and relative abundance of alkanes and PAHs from the Deepwater Horizon oiling of coastal marshes. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 86(1-2), 291–297.
Turner, R. E., Overton, E. B., Meyer, B. M., Miles, M. S., McClenachan, G., Hooper-Bui, L., et al. (2014). Distribution and recovery trajectory of Macondo (Mississippi Canyon 252) oil in Louisiana coastal wetlands. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 87(1-2), 57–67.
Wilson, M. J., Wickliffe, J. K., & Overton, E. (2014). A critique of the manuscript: “Distribution and concentrations of petroleum hydrocarbons associated with the BP/Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Gulf of Mexico”. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 79(1-2), 389–390.

2012

Carmichael, R. H., Jones, A. L., Patterson, H. K., Walton, W. C., Pérez-Huerta, A., Overton, E. B., et al. (2012). Assimilation of Oil-Derived Elements by Oysters Due to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Environ. Sci. Technol., 46(23), 12787–12795.
Gao, H., Miles, M. S., Meyer, B. M., Wong, R. L., & Overton, E. B. (2012). Assessment of cyclodextrin-enhanced extraction of crude oil from contaminated porous media. J. Environ. Monit., 14(8), 2164.
Mendelssohn, I. A., Anderson, G. L., Baltz, D. A., Caffey, R. H., Fleeger, J. W., Joye, S. B., et al. (2012). Oil Impacts on Coastal Wetlands: Implications for the Mississippi River Delta Ecosystem after the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. BioScience, 62(6), 562–574.

Conference Presentations - 55

2017

Adhikari, P. L., Overton, E. B., Miles, M. S., & Meyer, B. M. (2017). Effects of tropical storms in distribution and redistribution of Deepwater Horizon oil residues in the coastal Louisiana marshes. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2017. New Orleans, LA : 02/06/17-02/09/17.
Bam, W., Hooper-Bui, L. M., Strecker, R. M., Adhikari, P. L., & Overton, E. B. (2017). Coupled Effects of Oil Spill and Hurricanes on Saltmarsh Terrestrial Arthropods. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2017. New Orleans, LA : 02/06/17-02/09/17.
Meyer, B. M., & Overton, E. B. (2017). Chemometric differentiation of MC252 oil weathering patterns in coastal marsh sediments. In 9th International Conference on Remediation and Management of Contaminated Sediments. New Orleans, LA : 01/09/17-01/12/17: Poster.
Overton, E., & Reddy, C. M. (2017). Understanding what happens to the composition of crude oils spilled in marine environments. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2017. New Orleans, LA : 02/06/17-02/09/17.
Overton, E. B., Meyer, B. M., Miles, M. S., Olson, G., & Adhikari, P. L. (2017). Weathering patterns of forensic biomarker compounds and PAHs in coastal marsh sediments since the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2017. New Orleans, LA : 02/06/17-02/09/17.

2016

Adhikari, P., & Overton, E. B. (2016). Evaluation of the Vertical and Horizontal Distribution of Oil Residues in Louisiana Coastal Marshes Impacted by the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2016. Tampa, FL : 02/01/16-02/04/16.
Adhikari, P., & Overton, E. B. (2016). Potential to Accurately Characterize Alkyl-PAHs in Weathered Oils in Enviornmental Matrices Using Gas Chromatography-Triple Quadrupole Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS/MS). In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2016. Tampa, FL : 02/01/16-02/04/16: Poster.
Engel, A. S., Paterson, A. T., Turner, R. E., & Overton, E. (2016). Tracking changes in organic carbon sources for Louisiana marshes following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2016. Tampa, FL : 02/01/16-02/04/16.
Hooper-Bui, L., & Overton, E. (2016). Tracking Macondo Oil in the Marsh: Sampling directly via sediment and indirectly via ants. In Ocean Sciences Meeting 2016. New Orleans, LA : 02/21/16-02/26/16.
Meyer, B. M., & Overton, E. B. (2016). Chemometric Analysis of Coastal Marsh Sediments Collected from 2010-2015. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2016. Tampa, FL : 02/01/16-02/04/16.
Overton, E., Hooper-Bui, L., & Lopez-Duarte, P. (2016). Marshes in coastal Louisiana: five years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. In Ocean Sciences Meeting 2016. New Orleans, LA : 02/21/16-02/26/16.
Overton, E. B. (2016). Chemistry of Oil Spills: The Deepwater Horizon Accident. In 2016 State of the Coast. New Orleans, LA : 06/01/16-06/03/16.
Overton, E. B. (2016). Weathering Patterns of Forensic Biomarker Compounds and PAHs in Coastal Marsh Sediment Samples since the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2016. Tampa, FL : 02/01/16-02/04/16.

2015

Adhikari, P. L., Maiti, K., & Overton, E. B. (2015). Distribution and Accumulation of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in the Northern Gulf of Mexico Sediments. In 2015 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference. Houston, TX : 02/16/15-02/19/15: Poster.
Overton, E. B. (2015). Chemistry of Oil Spills. In Air and Waste Management Association (AWMA): Gulf Coast Oil and Gas Environmental Conference. New Orleans, LA : 09/22/15-09/23/15.
Overton, E. B., Miles, M. S., Meyer, B. M., Hooper-Bui, L., Olson, G., & Turner, G. (2015). Oil source fingerprinting in heavily weathered residues and coastal marsh samples. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2015. Houston, TX : 02/16/15-02/19/15.
Overton, E. B., Miles, M. S., Meyer, B. M., Hooper-Bui, L., Olson, G. M., & Turner, R. E. (2015). The weathering and distribution of petroleum hydrocarbons along coastal Louisiana following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2015. Houston, TX : 02/16/15-02/19/15: Poster.
Rabalais, N., Able, K., Bernhard, A., Besonen, M., Engel, A., Fodrie, F., et al. (2015). CWC-II Principal Investigators and Research Plan, CWC-II poster. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2015. Houston, TX : 02/16/15-02/19/15: Poster.
Rabalais, N. N., Able, K. W., Bernhard, A. E., Brown, K. M., Crandall, K. A., Engel, A. S., et al. (2015). CWC-I Plenary Presentation. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2015. Houston, TX : 02/16/15-02/19/15.
Rabalais, N. N., Smith, L. M., Turner, R. E., & Overton, E. B. (2015). Deepwater Horizon oil spill and Gulf of Mexico shelf hypoxia. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2015. Houston, TX : 02/16/15-02/19/15: Poster.

2014

Adhikari, P. L., Maiti, K., & Overton, E. B. (2014). Temporal Variability in Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons Transport in the Northern Gulf of Mexico. In 2014 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference. Mobile, AL : 01/26/14-01/29/14: Poster.
Adhikari, P. L., Maiti, K., & Overton, E. B. (2014). Temporal Variability in Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons Transport in the Northern Gulf of Mexico; Mobile, AL – 01/26/14-01/30/14. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2014. Mobile, AL: 01/26/14-01/30/14: Poster.
Carmichael, R. H., Jones Knobloch, A., Patterson, H. K., Walton, W. C., Perez-Huerta, A., Overton, E. B., et al. (2014). Assimilation of oil-derived elements by oysters due to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2014. Mobile, AL: 01/26/14-01/30/14: Poster.
Engel, A. S., Drennen, C., Paterson, A. T., Liu, C., Turner, R. E., & Overton, E. B. (2014). Differences in petroleum hydrocarbon compounds from Louisiana coastal marshes correspond to specific changes in microbial community composition. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2014. Mobile, AL: 01/26/14-01/30/14.
Howard, J., Stock, T., Overton, E. B., Gauthe, D., Nguyen, D., Wilson, M., et al. (2014). Assessing personalized exposures of importance: paired indoor/outdoor air sampling and seafood analyses in Southeast Louisiana. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2014. Mobile, AL: 01/26/14-01/30/14: Poster.
Kane, A. S., Irani, T., Lindsey, A., Lindsey, A., Roberts, S. M., Stuchal, L. D., et al. (2014). Vocabulary of DWH Oil Spill Seafood Toxicology: Optimizing Communications and Comprehension for Gulf of Mexico Coastal Residents. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2014. Mobile, AL: 01/26/14-01/30/14.
Maiti, K., Adhikari, P. L., & Overton, E. B. (2014). Residence Times of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons around Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Site. In The 10th Annual Economic Development Assistantships (EDA) Symposium. Baton Rouge, LA : 04/28/2014: Poster.
Maiti, K., Adhikari, P. L., Overton, E. B., & Bosu, S. (2014). Variability in the Residence Times of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in the Northern Gulf of Mexico. In Ocean Science Meeting. Honolulu,HI : 02/23/2014-02/28/2014: Poster.
Meyer, B. M., Overton, E. B., & Turner, R. E. (2014). Oil source identification using diagnostic biomarker ratios. In 2014 International Oil Spill Conference. Savannah, GA : 05/05/14-05/08/14.
Meyer, B. M., Ramsey III, E., Rangoonwala, A., Overton, E. B., Bannister, T., & Jones, C. E. (2014). Oil fingerprinting and polarimetric radar mapping of Macondo-252 oil in Gulf coast marshes. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2014. Mobile, AL: 01/26/14-01/30/14.
Overton, E. B., Gao, H., Meyer, B. M., Miles, M. S., & Turner, R. E. (2014). Oil source fingerprinting of heavily weathered residues in coastal marsh samples. In 2014 International Oil Spill Conference. Savannah, GA : 05/05/14-05/08/14.
Overton, E. B., Miles, M. S., Meyer, B. M., & Gao, H. (2014). Weathering patterns for various aliphatic and aromatic hydrocarbons in laboratory biodegradation studies of both fresh and dispersed Macondo Oil. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2014. Mobile, AL: 01/26/14-01/30/14: Poster.
Overton, E. B., Miles, M. S., Meyer, B. M., Gao, H., & Turner, R. E. (2014). Weathering patterns of hopane, sterane, and triaromatic steroid biomarkers in sediments from coastal marsh sites impacted by the Macondo oil spill. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2014. Mobile, AL: 01/26/14-01/30/14.
Rabalais, N. N., Smith, L. M., Turner, R. E., Overton, E. B., Hu, X., & Cai, W. (2014). Deepwater Horizon oil spill and Gulf of Mexico shelf hypoxia. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2014. Mobile, AL: 01/26/14-01/30/14: Poster.
Saranjampour, P., Overton, E. B., Miles, M. S., & Armbrust, K. L. (2014). Near Real-Time Determination of Volatile Organic Compounds in Air and Water Samples Associated with Dispersed Crude Oil. In 2014 State of the Coast Conference. New Orleans, LA - 03/18/14-03/20/14.
Saranjampour, P., Overton, E. B., Miles, M. S., & Armbrust, K. L. (2014). Near Real-Time Determination of Volatile Organic Compounds in Air and Water Samples Associated with Dispersed Crude Oil. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2014. Mobile, AL: 01/26/14-01/30/14: Poster.
Thibodeaux, L. J., Parsons, A., Overton, E. B., Valsaraj, K., & Nandakumar, K. (2014). Subsurface oil material trapping and release fate within stable, laterally mobile, horizontal layer: model and field data for soluble and droplet fractions. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2014. Mobile, AL: 01/26/14-01/30/14.
Turner, R., Overton, E. B., Meyer, B., Miles, M., McClenachan, G., Hopper-Bui, L., et al. (2014). Trajectory of changing DWH oil in Louisiana marshes, 2010-2013. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2014. Mobile, AL: 01/26/14-01/30/14: Poster.

2013

Adhikari, P., Maiti, K., & Overton, E. B. (2013). Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) Dynamics in the Northern Gulf of Mexico. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2013. New Orleans, LA: 01/21/2013-01/23/2013.
Kane, A., Roberts, S., Munson, J., James, M., Kozuch, M., Stuchal, L., et al. (2013). Assessing safety of inshore-harvested seafood from the Gulf of Mexico: Addressing public health and community concerns after the Deepwater Horizon oil. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2013. New Orleans, LA: 01/21/2013-01/23/2013.
Overton, E. B. (2013). General Happenings of the DWH Oil Spill. In Society of Military Engineers Monthly Meeting. New Orleans, LA, July 17, 2013.
Overton, E. B., Freeman, A., & Lohrenz, S. (2013). Optical fluorescence signatures of waters in the northern Gulf of Mexico during the Horizon oil spill: Comparison to pre-spill conditions. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2013. New Orleans, LA: 01/21/2013-01/23/2013.
Overton, E. B., Gao, H., Miles, M. S., & Shigenaka, G. (2013). Characterization of In-Situ Burn Residues from the Deepwater Horizon Incident. In NOAA-Emergency Response Division Meeting. New Orleans, LA January 18-24, 2013.
Overton, E. B., Miles, M. S., Meyer, B. M., Gao, H., & Turner, R. E. (2013). Weathering and distribution of petroleum hydrocarbons along coastal Louisiana following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. In American Chemical Society National Meeting. New Orleans, LA, April 7-11, 2013.
Overton, E. B., Miles, M. S., Meyers, B. M., & Gao, H. (2013). Hydrocarbons in near shore coastal waters one year after to Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2013. New Orleans, LA: 01/21/2013-01/23/2013.
Roy, A., Lichtenberg, H., & Overton, E. B. (2013). Structural Changes in BP Crude Oil During Degradation. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2013. New Orleans, LA: 01/21/2013-01/23/2013.
Thibodeaux, L. J., Overton, E. B., & Stevens, C. (2013). Evapo-sinking: The sinking of surface spilled oil due to evaporation. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2013. New Orleans, LA: 01/21/2013-01/23/2013.
Thibodeaux, L. J., Parsons, A. R., & Overton, E. B. (2013). The Deepwater Horizon Subsurface Plume Formation and Persistence: A turbulent diffusion theory model for the MC-252 Gulf of Mexico spill. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2013. New Orleans, LA: 01/21/2013-01/23/2013.
Turner, R. E., Overton, E. B., Ashton, B. M., Miles, M. S., McClenachan, G., Hooper-Bui, L., et al. (2013). Distribution and Recovery Trajectory of Macondo (Mississippi Canyon 252) Oil in Louisiana Salt Marshes. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2013. New Orleans, LA: 01/21/2013-01/23/2013.

2012

Hooper-Bui, L. M., Strecker, R., Hesson, B., Soderstrum, G., Accardo, M., Aguillard, D., et al. (2012). Silent spring revisited: Insects and spiders in Louisiana's saltwater marshes after the Macondo blowout. In Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting. Little Rock, AR, March 9, 2012.
Hooper-Bui, L. M., Strecker, R. M., Adams, B. J., Chen, X., Overton, E., & Turner, R. E. (2012). Silent Spring Revisited: Insects and Spiders in Louisiana's Saltwater Marshes after the Macondo Blowout. In INTECOL International Wetlands Conference. Orlando, FL, June 3-9, 2012: Poster.
Overton, E. (2012). Deepwater Horizon/MC252 Well Incident Update: What Have We Learned? In Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) Meeting. Long Beach, CA, November 13, 2012.
Soderstrum, G., Hooper-Bui, L. M., Osisioma, O., Strecker, R. M., Chen, X., Adams, B., et al. (2012). Silent spring revisited: Insects and spiders in Louisiana's saltwater marshes after the Macondo blowout. In Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting. Knoxville, TN, November 11, 2012.

2011

Lichtenberg, H., Roy, A., & Overton, E. (2011). Structural Changes in BP Crude Oil during Degradation. In American Crystallographers Association Annual Meeting. New Orleans, LA, May 30, 2011.
Roy, A., Duarte, D., Overton, E., Merchan, G., Lichtenbert, H., Ham, K., et al. (2011). Fate of Crude Oil from the BP Deepwater Horizon Accident in the Gulf of Mexico. In Synchrotron Environmental Science, Canadian Light Source Annual Meeting. Saskatoon, Canada, June 21-25, 2011.