Louisiana State University
DWH Project Funding
Known Leveraged Funding
Funding Source: BP and Transocean
Controlling Document: Guilty Plea Agreement between BP and U.S. Department of Justice, Guilty Plea Agreement between Transocean and U.S. Department of Justice
Year Awarded: 2017
Dr. Thrash is an assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Southern California. He received a B.S. in biology from the University of California, San Diego. He received his Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of California, Berkeley, where he studied microbial physiology. His graduate work included perchlorate bioremediation and isolation of novel perchlorate reducing microorganisms. He also studied anaerobic oxidation of iron and uranium. He was awarded a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship to work at Oregon State University, where he focused on the evolution and genomics of SAR11, the most abundant marine bacteria. Dr. Thrashis research focuses on the function of microbes in the different interconnected aquatic systems within the Gulf of Mexico, including the coasts, estuaries, the shelf region, and the Mississippi River. He aims to predict which microbes contribute to the vital ecosystem services of nutrient and carbon processing to generate strategic options for pollutant remediation.