Animals and the Gulf Coast Oil Spill

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June 9, 2010
    Dr. Lisa A. Murphy
    Assistant Professor of Toxicology, Department of Pathobiology
    School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

        •Expert on veterinary toxicology, environmental health and disaster response.
        •Chief of Service, Pennsylvania Animal Diagnostic Laboratory System
        •Current research includes the study of freshwater algal toxins, animal decontamination and avian exposures to lead and mercury.
    “The initial and ongoing devastation caused by the Gulf Coast oil spill is obvious to everyone; however, the final impact of this disaster on the people and other organisms that call this region home is still unknown.  It will likely be months or even years until the long-term health effects on animal populations and the environment become fully evident, though it is foreseeable that the ecological toll of this event could surpass anything else that the United States has previously experienced.”

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