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Patrick T. Schwing

My research program addresses societally relevant and globally significant issues concerning the assessment of diverse anthropogenic activities including land-use and watershed development impacts on aquatic environments, the consequences of marine mineral and energy extraction, and the benthic distribution and impacts of marine debris (microplastics). I utilize sedimentological, radiochemical, micropaleontological, and biogeochemical tools to assess high-resolution sedimentary sequences that document the changing structure and function of benthic and planktic ecosystems.

Oil Spill Recorded By Microscopic Seafloor Organisms

Deepwater and ultra-deepwater oil drilling are expanding globally as technology improves, making it increasingly profitable to drill in water depths greater than 1500 m. On average, the oil reservoirs also increase in volume with water depth. In this context, it […]