Annette Engel News

UT’s Engel Co-Investigator on Grant Funded Through Oil Spill Penalties

A UT earth and planetary sciences professor is co-principal investigator on a project that will study how practices to restore coastal marshes and lands are impacting marsh food webs. The project recently received a $2 million grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s RESTORE Science Program. NOAA disbursed a total of $16.7 million to fund various research projects from penalties paid by parties responsible for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

UT Professor Receives NSF Award to Investigate Mysterious Clams That Are Key to Biodiversity

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.

UT Researcher Investigates Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Impact on Coast

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.