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Zhanfei Liu

The University of Texas at Austin

Department of Marine Science

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

zhanfei.liu@utexas.edu

Project List:

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

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

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

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

Evaluating Changes in Fluorescence EEM and Size Spectra During the Degradation of Crude Oil and Dispersant in Seawater

Year One Block Grant - The Northern Gulf InstituteRole: Research Scientist

Publications & Presentations:

Journal Articles - 14

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.

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.
Liu, Z., Liu, J., Gardner, W. S., Shank, G. C., & Ostrom, N. E. (2016). The impact of Deepwater Horizon oil spill on petroleum hydrocarbons in surface waters of the northern Gulf of Mexico. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, 129, 292–300.

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.

2014

Newell, S. E., Eveillard, D., McCarthy, M. J., Gardner, W. S., Liu, Z., & Ward, B. B. (2014). A shift in the archaeal nitrifier community in response to natural and anthropogenic disturbances in the northern Gulf of Mexico: Archaeal nitrifier community shift in the Gulf of Mexico. Environmental Microbiology Reports, 6(1), 106–112.
Wang, Z., Liu, Z., Xu, K., Mayer, L. M., Zhang, Z., Kolker, A. S., et al. (2014). Concentrations and sources of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in surface coastal sediments of the northern Gulf of Mexico. Geochemical Transactions, 15(1), 1–12.

2013

Almeda, R., Wambaugh, Z., Chai, C., Wang, Z., Liu, Z., Buskey, E. J., et al. (2013). Effects of Crude Oil Exposure on Bioaccumulation of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons and Survival of Adult and Larval Stages of Gelatinous Zooplankton. PLos ONE, 8(10), e74476.
Almeda, R., Wambaugh, Z., Wang, Z., Hyatt, C., Liu, Z., Buskey, E. J., et al. (2013). Interactions between zooplankton and crude oil: toxic effects and bioaccumulation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. PLoS ONE, 8(6), e67212.
Liu, Z., & Liu, J. (2013). Evaluating bacterial community structures in oil collected from the sea surface and sediment in the northern Gulf of Mexico after theDeepwater Horizonoil spill. MicrobiologyOpen, 2(3), 492–504.
Zhou, Z., Liu, Z., & Guo, L. (2013). Chemical evolution of Macondo crude oil during laboratory degradation as characterized by fluorescence EEMs and hydrocarbon composition. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 66(1-2), 164–175.

2012

Liu, Z., Liu, J., Zhu, Q., & Wu, W. (2012). The weathering of oil after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill: Insights from the chemical composition of the oil from the sea surface, salt marshes and sediments. Environ. Res. Lett., 7(3), 035302.

Book Chapters - 2

2017

Bacosa, H., Evans, M. M., Wang, Q., & Liu, Z. (2017). Assessing the role of environmental conditions on the degradation of oil following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. In Case Studies in Oil Spill Environmental Forensics. Academic Press.

2014

Biber, P. D., Wu, W., Peterson, M. S., Liu, Z., & Pham, L. (2014). Oil contamination in Mississippi saltmarsh habitats and the impacts to Spartina alterniflora photosynthesis. In Impacts of Oil Spill Disasters on Marine Habitats and Fisheries in North America (pp. 134–164).

Conference Presentations - 29

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., 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., Liu, J., Rosenheim, B. E., & Liu, Z. (2016). Evaluation of Chemical Weathering following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in Louisiana Salt Marshes using Ramped Pyrolysis – Gas Chromatography – Mass Spectrometry. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2016. Tampa, FL : 02/01/16-02/04/16.
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.
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.
Evans, M. M., Rosenheim, B. E., & Liu, Z. (2015). Using Ramped Pyrolysis-Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry to evaluate weathering intensity of the oil in Louisiana salt marshes 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.
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, J., Kang, A., Lanpher, K., & Liu, Z. (2015). Effects of temperatures and oil concentrations on biodegradation of light Louisiana sweet crude oil in Gulf coastal seawaters. 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.
Rosenheim, B. E., Pendergraft, M. A., Kolasinski, J., Yeager, K., Maiti, K., & Liu, Z. (2015). Transformation of oil in sediments constrained using advanced 14C analysis. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2015. Houston, TX : 02/16/15-02/19/15.

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.
Evans, M., Rosenheim, B., Liu, Z., &. (2014). Using ramped pyrolysis-gas chromatography-mass spectrometry to evaluate weathering intensity of the oil in Louisiana salt marshes following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. In Gulf Estuarine Research Society 2014 Biennial Meeting. Port Aransas, TX : 10/30/2014-10/31/2014.
Kang, A., Liu, J., & Liu, Z. (2014). Effects of Oil Concentration on the microbial degradation of n-alkanes in crude oil in seawater. In Gulf Estuarine Research Society 2014 Biennial Meeting. Port Aransas, TX : 10/30/2014-10/31/2014.
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.

2013

Almeda, R., Wambaugh, Z., Zucheng, W., Bona, S., Hyatt, C., Liu, Z., et al. (2013). Effects of crude oil exposure on zooplankton survival and bioaccumulation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. In Ocean Sciences Meeting 2013. New Orleans, LA : 02/17/13-02/22/2013.
Almeda, R., Wambaugh, Z., Zucheng, W., Hyatt, C., Liu, Z., & Buskey, E. (2013). Effects of crude oil exposure on zooplankton: lethal effects and accumulation of petroleum hydrocarbons in mesosooplankton communitites. In Ocean Sciences Meeting 2013. New Orleans, LA : 02/17/13-02/22/2013: Poster.
Almeda, R., Zucheng, W., Wambaugh, Z., Hyatt, C., Liu, Z., & Buskey, E. (2013). Effects of crude oil exposure on survival and PAH bioaccumulation of adult and larval stages of gelatinous zooplankton (Scyphozoans and Ctenophores). In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2013. New Orleans, LA: 01/21/2013-01/23/2013.
Liu, J., Liu, Z., & Erdner, D. (2013). The response of bacterial communities on oil addition to waters from different depths at the Deepwater Horizon site. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2013. New Orleans, LA: 01/21/2013-01/23/2013.
Liu, Z., Liu, J., Zhu, Q., & Wu, W. (2013). The weathering of oil from the sea surface, salt marshes, and sediments in the northern Gulf of Mexico after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2013. New Orleans, LA: 01/21/2013-01/23/2013.
Wambaugh, Z., Almeda, R., Zucheng, W., Hyatt, C., Liu, Z., & Buskey, E. (2013). Bioaccumulation of petroleum hydrocarbons by the calanoid copepod Acartia tonsa. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2013. New Orleans, LA: 01/21/2013-01/23/2013: Poster.

2012

Liu, Z. (2012). The weathering of Macondo oil after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill: Insights from hydrocarbon composition of oil from sea surface, salt marshes, and sediments. In Environmental and Energy Sustainability Conference. Houston, TX, April 25-26, 2012.