The Value of Long Term Studies of Oil Spills – The Tropics Project in Panama – Purposeful Spill

ExxonMobil Oil Spill Response Knowledge Transfer Webinar Series


Webinar 10: August 2th, 2022, 10-11:15 am Houston time


Guest speaker: Dr. Anthony Knap (Texas A&M University)

Topic: “The value of long term studies of oil spills: The Tropics Project in Panama – purposeful spill”.


Dr. Anthony Knap is the Director of the Geochemical and Environmental Research Group (GERG) at Texas A&M University, Professor of Oceanography, Professor of Ocean Engineering, and the holder of the James Whatley Endowed Chair for Geosciences. Prior to coming to Texas, he was responsible for developing the Bermuda Institute for Biological Sciences (BIOS) from a small biological station into an important center of oceanographic research as its President and Director for 25 years. He has published over 250 scientific journal articles and book chapters on ocean chemistry and biogeochemistry, oil pollution and other marine pollutants, ocean observations, risk assessment of climate change, and oceans and human health. He has over 18,500 science citations.

Knap and colleagues started the Risk Prediction Initiative – a partnership between the Re-insurance industry and climate scientists as well as the International Center for Ocean and Human Health. He recently served on the National Academy of Science Gulf of Mexico Advisory Board for a three year term, and is a Member of the International Advisory Board for the Institute of Oceanology of National Academy of Sciences of China, Member of Interdisciplinary Faculty of Toxicology, a member of the Texas One Gulf Leadership Committee for the Restore Act, member of the Advisory Board for the Energy Institute of Texas A&M University and recently has been appointed the Director of the Applied Mass Spectrometry Core of Texas A&M University.

The ExxonMobil Oil Spill Response Knowledge Transfer Webinar series is a monthly webinar to allow highly experienced OSR experts to share their knowledge to attendees. The webinar series will provide a platform to communicate, transfer, and preserve OSR knowledge, and to share insights and perspectives from industry, academia, oil spill responders, and other oil spill response experts.

Please note that the webinar series are recorded, and the previous recordings are posted at


The webinar series started in August 2021 and continued every first Tuesday of the following months. We intend to continue the webinars indefinitely depending on response and our ability to schedule appropriate speakers. To receive the link and other joining info, please send an email to Lin Zhao at: [email protected]. Note that there is still room for more participants so feel free to forward this invite to others but ask that potential attendees RSVP Lin Zhao to get on the distribution list.

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