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UC researchers prominent in oil spill recovery efforts

Be it assessing the magnitude of the spill, aiding in the clean-up efforts or evaluating the long-term repercussions, UC researchers are playing a critical role in dealing with the ramifications from the April 20 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. UC Davis veterinarian Michael Ziccardi, a veteran leader in animal rescue efforts in more than 65 oil spills, said the Deepwater Horizon oil rig spill is unlike any other disaster he’s seen. “We have new challenges occurring daily,” Ziccardi said.

Ziccardi, director of the UC Davis-based Oiled Wildlife Care Network, is overseeing the sea turtle and other marine mammal rescue operations at a wildlife command post in Houma, LA. Read more: Researchers lend expertise in Gulf crisis.

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