Dr. Bacosa is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Texas at Austin Marine Science Institute (UTMSI). He has a strong interdisciplinary background, and his research interests are at the interface of environmental chemistry and microbiology particularly on understanding the interactions between microbial communities and petroleum hydrocarbons. His current work on understanding the roles of bacteria and environmental factors on the fate of oil in the Gulf of Mexico, is funded by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) through the research consortium on the Dispersion Research on Oil: Physics and Plankton Studies (DROPPS). He has published several papers on the biodegradation of petroleum hydrocarbons in both terrestrial and marine environments, oil fingerprinting, microbial communities involved in the degradation of oil, and effect of sunlight and temperature in shaping bacterial communities in oil-polluted waters. He received his B.S. Biology from Mindanao State University in the Philippines and completed his M.S. and Ph.D. in Environmental Studies major in Environmental Chemistry and Microbiology from Tohoku University, Japan.
Oil spill, oil chemistry and fingerprinting, biodegradation of oil, microbial ecology, metagenomics, phytoplankton-bacterial interactions