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Patricia Sobecky

The University of Alabama

Department of Biological Sciences

Box 870344
Tuscaloosa , AL  35487  

psobecky@ua.edu

Project List:

Alabama Center for Ecological Resilience (ACER)

Year 5-7 Consortia Grants (RFP-IV)Role: Co-Principal Investigator, Task Co-Lead

Analysis of the Biodegradative Microbial Population and their Genes in Deepwater Horizon Oil Contaminated Water and Sediments of Coastal Alabama

Year One Block Grant - The Alabama Marine Environmental Science ConsortiumRole: Co-Principal Investigator

Microbial Responses to Hydrocarbon and Dispersant-Lab and Field-based Studies

Year One Block Grant - The Alabama Marine Environmental Science ConsortiumRole: Principal Investigator, Project Data Point of Contact

Publications & Presentations:

Journal Articles - 5

2017

Hinshaw, S. E., Tatariw, C., Flournoy, N., Kleinhuizen, A., Taylor, C., Sobecky, P. A., et al. (2017). Vegetation Loss Decreases Salt Marsh Denitrification Capacity: Implications for Marsh Erosion. Environ. Sci. Technol., 51(15), 8245–8253.

2013

Mortazavi, B., Horel, A., Beazley, M. J., & Sobecky, P. A. (2013). Intrinsic rates of petroleum hydrocarbon biodegradation in Gulf of Mexico intertidal sandy sediments and its enhancement by organic substrates. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 224-245, 537–544.

2012

Beazley, M. J., Martinez, R. J., Rajan, S., Powell, J., Piceno, Y. M., Tom, L. M., et al. (2012). Microbial Community Analysis of a Coastal Salt Marsh Affected by the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. PLoS ONE, 7(7), e41305.
Horel, A., Mortazavi, B., & Sobecky, P. A. (2012). Seasonal Monitoring of Hydrocarbon Degraders in Alabama Marine Ecosystems Following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Water Air Soil Pollut, 223(6), 3145–3154.
Horel, A., Mortazavi, B., & Sobecky, P. A. (2012). Responses of microbial community from northern gulf of mexico sandy sediments following exposure to Deepwater horizon crude oil. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 31(5), 1004–1011.

Conference Presentations - 26

2017

Crawford, P., Flournoy, N., Taylor, C., Hinshaw, S., Kleinhuizen, A., Sobecky, P., et al. (2017). A Temporal Study of Nitrogen Cycling in a Deep water Horizon Impacted Coastal Marsh System. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2017. New Orleans, LA : 02/06/17-02/09/17: Poster.
Flournoy, N., Taylor, C., Tatariw, C., Mortazavi, B., & Sobecky, P. A. (2017). Quantification of functional marker genes for denitrifying microbial populations in the Chandeleur Islands impacted by the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. In 2017 Alabama Water Resources Conference. Orange Beach, AL : 09/06/17-09/08/17.
Flournoy, N. Y., Rajan, S., Taylor, C., Crawford, P., Mortazavi, B., & Sobecky, P. (2017). Microbial Community Response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill: Metagenomic Insights into Northern Gulf of Mexico Saltmarsh Ecosystems. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2017. New Orleans, LA : 02/06/17-02/09/17: Poster.
Michael, H. L., Crawford, P., Rajan, S., Sobecky, P., & Mortazavi, B. (2017). Enrichment of Marine Microbial Mats associated with Salt Marsh Plants Exposed to Oil Amendments. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2017. New Orleans, LA : 02/06/17-02/09/17: Poster.
Rajan, S., Crawford, P., Kleinhuizen, A., Tatariw, C., Mortazavi, B., & Sobecky, P. A. (2017). Predicted Disturbance-Driven Impacts on Ecosystem Services in Coastal Wetlands. In 2017 Alabama Water Resources Conference. Orange Beach, AL : 09/06/17-09/08/17: Poster.
Tatariw, C., Kleinhuizen, A., Flournoy, N., Mortazavi, B., & Sobecky, P. (2017). Spatiotemporal Dynamics in Sediment Nitrogen Cycling in Salt Marshes Impacted by the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2017. New Orleans, LA : 02/06/17-02/09/17: Poster.
Tatariw, C., Kleinhuizen, A., Flournoy, N., Sobecky, P. A., & Mortazavi, B. (2017). Assessing the long-term impact of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill on salt marsh nitrogen removal. In 2017 Alabama Water Resources Conference. Orange Beach, AL : 09/06/17-09/08/17: Poster.
Zerebecki, R. A., Hughes, R. A., Heck, K. L., Cebrian, J., Mortazavi, B., Sobecky, P., et al. (2017). Plant diversity impacts Spartina alterniflora resilience to Deepwater Horizon oil pollution. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2017. New Orleans, LA : 02/06/17-02/09/17.

2016

Crawford, P., Flournoy, N., Tayolor, C., Hinshaw, S., Kleinhuizen, A., Sobecky, P., et al. (2016). A Temporal Study of Nitrogen Cycling in a Deepwater-Horizon Impacted Coastal Marsh System. In Gulf Estuarine Research Society Meeting. Pensacola Beach, FL : 11/03/16-11/05/16: Poster.
Crawford, P., Flournoy, N., Tayolor, C., Hinshaw, S., Kleinhuizen, A., Sobecky, P., et al. (2016). A Temporal Study of Nitrogen Cycling in a Deepwater-Horizon Impacted Coastal Marsh System. In Bays and Bayous Symposium. Biloxi, MS : 11/30/16-12/01/16: Poster.
Crawford, P., Flournoy, N. Y., Taylor, C., Hinshaw, S. E., Kleinhuizen, A., Sobecky, P. A., et al. (2016). A temporal study of nitrogen cycling in a Deepwater-Horizon impacted coastal marsh system. In 2016 Alabama Water Resources Conference. Orange Beach, AL : 09/08/16-09/09/16: Poster.
Flournoy, N. Y., Rajan, S., Taylor, C., Crawford, P., Mortazavi, B., & Sobecky, P. A. (2016). Metagenomic insights into microbial communities response to oiling events in Northern Gulf of Mexico saltmarsh ecosystems. In 2016 Alabama Water Resources Conference. Orange Beach, AL : 09/08/16-09/09/16.
Hinshaw, S., Kleinhuizen, A., Rajan S., Flournoy, N. Y., Crawford, P., Sobecky, P. A., et al. (2016). Denitrification rates in Deepwater Horizon impacted salt marshes. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2016. Tampa, FL : 02/01/16-02/04/16.
Hughes, A. R., Heck, K., Cebrian, J., Mortazavi, B., Sobecky, P., Flournoy, N., et al. (2016). Impacts of Deepwater Horizon Oil Pollution on Wetlands Resiliency. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2016. Tampa, FL : 02/01/16-02/04/16: Poster.
Hughes, A. R., Heck, K., Cebrian, J., Mortazavi, B., Sobecky, P., Flournoy, N., et al. (2016). Impacts of Deepwater Horizon Oil Pollution on Wetlands Resiliency. In Benthic Ecology Meeting. Portland, ME : 03/16/16-03/29/16: Poster.

2012

Mortazavi, B., Horel, A., Sobecky, P., Powell, J., & Beazley, M. (2012). Naturally occurring marine organic substrates enhance microbial degradation of Macondo well crude oil. In American Chemical Society Meeting. San Diego, CA, March 25-29, 2012.
Mortazavi, B., Horel, A., Sobecky, P., Powell, J., & Beazley, M. (2012). Naturally occurring marine organic substrates enhance microbial degradation of Macondo well crude oil. In Ocean Sciences Meeting 2012. Salt Lake City, UT: 02/19/12-02/24/12.

2011

Beazley, M., Martinez, R., Rajan, S., Powell, J., Piceno, Y., Tom, L., et al. (2011). Microbial community analysis of an Alabama coastal salt marsh impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. In AGU Fall Meeting. San Francisco, CA, December 5-9, 2011.
Beazley, M., Martinez, R., Rajan, S., Powell, J., Piceno, Y., Tom, L., et al. (2011). Microbial Community Responses in a Coastal Alabama Marsh to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. In International Symposium of Subsurface Microbiology Annual Meeting. Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, September 11-16, 2011.
Horel, A., Mortazavi, B., & Sobecky, P. (2011). Characterization of hydrocarbon degraders from coastal Alabama marsh sediments. In Benthic Ecology Annual Meeting 2011. Mobile, AL : 03/16/11-03/20/11.
Horel, A., Mortazavi, B., & Sobecky, P. (2011). Enhancing biodegradation of crude oil from the Macondo Well in Alabama Beaches. In Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) Meeting. Pensacola, FL, April 26-28, 2011.
Mortazavi, B., Horel, A., Sobecky, P., Powell, J., & Beazley, M. (2011). Naturally occurring marine organic substrates enhance microbial degradation of Macondo well crude oil. In Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation Conference. Daytona Beach, Daytona Beach, FL, November 6-10, 2011.
Powell, J., Rajan, S., Beazley, M., Martinez, R., Piceno, Y., Andersen, G., et al. (2011). Assessing seasonal and potential hydrocarbon influences on coastal Alabama Vibrio population dynamics. In American Society for Microbiology Meeting. New Orleans, LA, May 2011.
Rajan, S., Beazley, M., Powell, J., Martinez, R., Piceno, Y., Andersen, G., et al. (2011). Coastal AL Microbial Responses to Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. In American Society for Microbiology Meeting. New Orleans, LA, May 2011.
Sobecky, P., Beazley, M., Martinez, R., Rajan, S., Powell, J., Piceno, Y., et al. (2011). Coastal Alabama Bacterial Community Responses to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. In American Society for Microbiology Meeting. New Orleans, LA, July 24-28, 2011.

2010

Sobecky, P. (2010). Alabama Coastal Microbial Responses to the Deepwater Horizon Spill. In International Symposium for Microbial Ecology (ISME). Seattle, WA, August 22-27, 2010.