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Georgia Researchers Given Gulf Coast Research Grant

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Posted at 4:40 AM, Nov 19, 2014
and last updated 2014-11-19 04:40:00-05

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - University of Georgia officials say a group of researchers has been given a multimillion dollar grant to continue studying the environmental impact of oil seeping into the Gulf of Mexico.

Officials say the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative has awarded a three-year, $18.8 million grant to a group of scientists led by marine sciences professor Samantha Joye of UGA to continue tracking the impacts of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill on the Gulf's ecosystem.

UGA officials say marine science faculty members Christof Meile, Renato Castelao, Catherine Edwards and Annalisa Bracco are also involved in the research, along with Joe Montoya and Annalisa Bracco of Georgia Tech.