Heavy Metal Concentrations in the Gulf of Mexico Using ICP-OES

Rebecca Boutwell, Jeffery Wright, Noah Thrift, and Dr. Karen Barnes, Department of Chemistry, University of West Florida, 11000 University Pkwy, Pensacola FL 32514

In 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill took place in the Gulf of Mexico and experts later found a correlation of increased heavy metals in marine wildlife with the contamination. More specifically, the heavy metals have been studied closely at the Baton Rouge annex to the Mississippi River estuary. This project focuses on the study of these heavy metals in the Gulf of Mexico and its marine wildlife. Several water samples were obtained from various locations and analyzed using inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry (ICP-OES). ICP-OES is a technique that analyzes samples to determine the composition of elements using plasma and a spectrometer. This project processed the water samples using U.S. EPA Method 200.7.

Additional Abstract Information

Presenter: Rebecca Boutwell

Institution: University of West Florida

Type: Poster

Subject: Chemistry

Status: Approved

Time and Location

Session: Poster 4
Date/Time: Tue 11:00am-12:00pm
Session Number: 3569