Capstone Title

Microbial Degradation and Bioremediation of Petroleum Hydrocarbon Contaminants

Defense Date


Document Type


Degree Name

M.S. Marine Biology

Second Degree Name

M.S. Coastal Zone Management

First Advisor

Donald McCorquodale

Second Advisor

Curtis Burney


The world’s largest accidental release of oil to date, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill drew attention to our lack of effective cleanup methods and contingency planning. The recent discoveries about the specialized traits of marine microorganisms have documented their unique physical and genetic adaptations in the ever changing marine environment and their important role in various bioremediation technologies. The success of using bioremediation techniques depends on one’s ability to establish and maintain conditions that favor enhanced biostimulation in polluted areas. Numerous experiments have indicated the effectiveness of bioremediation in degrading petroleum hydrocarbons.

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