Millions of unique clams lie in seagrass beds worldwide. Despite having being around for millions of years, little is known about them except that they are resilient and key to coastal biodiversity. Annette Engel, the Jones Associate Professor of Aqueous Geochemistry in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at UT, has been awarded a National Science Foundation grant for $794,000 to lead a research group to learn more about these clams, called lucinids, and the role they play in the ecosystem.
Annette Engel News
Associate Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences Annette Engel was featured in an article by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative for her work studying the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on coastal Louisiana.
Soon after the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded on April 20, 2010, in the Gulf of Mexico, associate professor Annette Engel grabbed all the lab materials she could spare and headed down to the Louisiana coast. Engel and dozens of scientists from across the country pooled their resources to conduct research they knew would be needed once the oil began spilling into the Gulf— to determine what the coastal ecosystems were like before the inevitable spill. It took almost three months for the well to be capped.