Texas Tech Expert: Oil Spill Could Cause Population Problems for Endangered/Threatened
May 28, 2010
Celine Godard-Codding, is keeping a close eye on endangered species and how they are
affected by what has now been dubbed the largest oil spill in U.S. history.
Three dead sperm whales killed by the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico could
put the small population native to the gulf in peril, according to one Texas Tech
Not only that, but endangered and threatened Kemp’s ridley and loggerhead sea turtles
could face major population decimation as they breathe in toxic fumes and ingest crude
oil, said Celine Godard-Codding, an assistant professor at The Institute of Environmental
and Human Health at Texas Tech.
Godard-Codding, is keeping a close eye on endangered species and how they are affected
by what has now been dubbed the largest oil spill in U.S. history. She is working
with the endangered and threatened sea turtles along the Texas coast to monitor how
the animals will fare through the crisis.
With more than 10 years of experience working with dolphin and whale toxicology, she
also can discuss how oil impacts animals such as bottlenose dolphins and sperm whales.
CONTACT: Celine Godard-Codding, assistant professor, The Institute of Environmental
and Human Health, Texas Tech University, (806) 885-4567 or firstname.lastname@example.org.