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Hernando Bacosa

The University of Texas at Austin

Department of Marine Science

Marine Science Institute
750 Channel View Drive
Port Aransas, TX  78373  

hpbacosa@tamug.edu

Project List:

Dispersion Research on Oil: Physics and Plankton Studies II (DROPPS II)

Year 5-7 Consortia Grants (RFP-IV)Role: Post-Doc

Dispersion Research on Oil: Physics and Plankton Studies (DROPPS)

Year 2-4 Consortia Grants (RFP-I)Role: Post-Doc

Publications & Presentations:

Journal Articles - 9

2017

Evans, M., Liu, J., Bacosa, H., Rosenheim, B. E., & Liu, Z. (2017). Petroleum hydrocarbon persistence following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill as a function of shoreline energy. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 115(1-2), 47–56.
Liu, J., Bacosa, H. P., & Liu, Z. (2017). Potential Environmental Factors Affecting Oil-Degrading Bacterial Populations in Deep and Surface Waters of the Northern Gulf of Mexico. Front. Microbiol., 7, 2131.
Williams, A. K., Bacosa, H. P., & Quigg, A. (2017). The impact of dissolved inorganic nitrogen and phosphorous on responses of microbial plankton to the Texas City “Y” oil spill in Galveston Bay, Texas (USA). Marine Pollution Bulletin, 121(1-2), 32–44.

2016

Bacosa, H. P., Thyng, K. M., Plunkett, S., Erdner, D. L., & Liu, Z. (2016). The tarballs on Texas beaches following the 2014 Texas City “Y” Spill: Modeling, chemical, and microbiological studies. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 109(1), 236–244.
Gemmell, B. J., Bacosa, H. P., Liu, Z., & Buskey, E. J. (2016). Can gelatinous zooplankton influence the fate of crude oil in marine environments? Marine Pollution Bulletin, 113(1-2), 483–487.
Murphy, D., Gemmell, B., Vaccari, L., Li, C., Bacosa, H., Evans, M., et al. (2016). An in-depth survey of the oil spill literature since 1968: Long term trends and changes since Deepwater Horizon. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 113(1-2), 371–379.
Severin, T., Bacosa, H. P., Sato, A., & Erdner, D. L. (2016). Dynamics of Heterocapsa sp. and the associated attached and free-living bacteria under the influence of dispersed and undispersed crude oil. Lett Appl Microbiol, 63(6), 419–425.

2015

Bacosa, H. P., Erdner, D. L., & Liu, Z. (2015). Differentiating the roles of photooxidation and biodegradation in the weathering of Light Louisiana Sweet crude oil in surface water from the Deepwater Horizon site. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 95(1), 265–272.
Bacosa, H. P., Liu, Z., & Erdner, D. L. (2015). Natural Sunlight Shapes Crude Oil-Degrading Bacterial Communities in Northern Gulf of Mexico Surface Waters. Front. Microbiol., 6, 1325.

Conference Presentations - 18

2017

Bacosa, H., Kang, A., & Liu, Z. (2017). Crude oil concentration affects bacterial community structure and hydrocarbon degradation rates in surface water of the northern Gulf of Mexico. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2017. New Orleans, LA : 02/06/17-02/09/17: Poster.
Liu, Z., Evans, M., Bacosa, H., & Rosenheim, B. (2017). New insights into the chemical weathering processes of crude oil after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill using ramped pyrolysis gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2017. New Orleans, LA : 02/06/17-02/09/17: Poster.

2016

Bacosa, H., Erdner, D., & Liu, Z. (2016). Biodegradation and photooxidation of crude oil under natural sunlight in the northern Gulf of Mexico. In Ocean Sciences Meeting 2016. New Orleans, LA : 02/21/16-02/26/16: poster.
Bacosa, H., Plunkett, S., Erdner, D., & Liu Z. (2016). Hydrocarbon Composition and Bacterial Community Associated with Tarballs following the Texas City “Y” Oil Spill. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2016. Tampa, FL : 02/01/16-02/04/16: poster.
Bacosa, H., Thyng, K., Plunkett, S., Erdner, D., & Liu, Z. (2016). From Galveston Island to Mustang Island: oil transport, and changes in tarball chemistry and microbiology following the 2014 Texas City Y Spill. In American Chemical Society Southwest Regional Meeting 2016 (ACS SWRM-2016). Galveston, TX : 11/10/16-11/13/16.
Evans, M., Liu, J., Bacosa, H., Wang, Q., Rosenheim, B. E., & Liu, Z. (2016). Using ramped pyrolysis gas chromatography-mass spectrometry to evaluate petroleum weathering following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. In Ocean Sciences Meeting 2016. New Orleans, LA : 02/21/16-02/26/16.
Evans, M., Wang, Q., Bacosa, H. P., Rosenheim, B. E., & Liu, Z. (2016). Revealing chemical and structural information of weathered oil using ramped pyrolysis gas chromatography, and mass spectrometry. In American Chemical Society Southwest Regional Meeting 2016 (ACS SWRM-2016). Galveston, TX : 11/10/16-11/13/16.
Gemmell, B., Dickey, B., Gemmell, C., Bacosa, H., Liu, Z., & Buskey, E. (2016). Interaction of a Natural Protist Community with Crude Oil Results in Dominance by a Dinoflagellate. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2016. Tampa, FL : 02/01/16-02/04/16: poster.
Liu, Z., Liu, J., Bacosa, H., Wang, Q., Evans, M., & Erdner, D. (2016). The Role of Environmental Factors in Controlling the Oil Weathering in the Gulf of Mexico Waters. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2016. Tampa, FL : 02/01/16-02/04/16.
Murphy, D. W., Gemmell, B., Vaccari, L., Li, C., Bacosa, H., Evans, M., et al. (2016). A Survey of the Oil Spill Literature: Trends since 1968 and Changes since Deepwater Horizon. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2016. Tampa, FL : 02/01/16-02/04/16.
Wang, Q., Evans, M., Bacosa, H., Hu, X., & Liu, Z. (2016). The fate of crude oil during photooxidation under natural sunlight. In Ocean Sciences Meeting 2016. New Orleans, LA : 02/21/16-02/26/16: poster.

2015

Bacosa, H. P., Liu, Z., & Erdner, D. L. (2015). Natural solar radiation shapes crude oil-degrading bacterial community structures in surface water of the northern Gulf of Mexico. In 2015 Texas Bays and Estuaries Meeting. Port Aransas, TX : 04/08/15-04/09/15.
Bacosa, H. P., Liu, Z., & Erdner, D. L. (2015). Response of deep-sea sediment bacterial communities in the Gulf of Mexico to Light Louisiana Sweet crude oil. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2015. Houston, TX : 02/16/15-02/19/15.
Gemmell, B. J., Bacosa, H. P., Liu, Z., & Buskey, E. J. (2015). Presence of gelatinous zooplankton may enhance rate of hydrocarbon breakdown. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2015. Houston, TX : 02/16/15-02/19/15.
Hu, X., Bacosa, H., & Liu, Z. (2015). Quantifying degradation products of Louisiana Sweet Crude Oil in the Gulf waters. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2015. Houston, TX : 02/16/15-02/19/15: Poster.
Liu, Z., Liu, J., Bacosa, H. P., & Erdner, D. (2015). Environmental conditions are key to controlling the development of oil degraders in the Gulf of Mexico waters. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2015. Houston, TX : 02/16/15-02/19/15: Poster.

2014

Bacosa, H., Erdner, D., & Liu, Z. (2014). The effect of natural solar radiation on crude oil degradation and microbial community structure. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2014. Mobile, AL: 01/26/14-01/30/14.
Liu, Z., Liu, J., & Bacosa, H. (2014). How do environmental factors affect biodegradation of crude oil in Gulf of Mexico waters? In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2014. Mobile, AL: 01/26/14-01/30/14.