About Us

In 2011, UF became the lead institution on one of four Deepwater Horizon Research Consortia grants, funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. The grant, Healthy Gulf Healthy Communities, was a five-year, $6.5 million research grant. The project focused on community based participatory research combined with laboratory research in communities impacted by the DWH oil spill. The project includes three research areas: individual and family resliency, community resiliency, and seafood safety.

Our Principal Investigators

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J. Glenn Morris, M.D.

UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA

LEAD PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

Morris leads the Healthy Gulf, Healthy Communities team. He is the director of the University of Florida Emerging Pathogens Institute and has worked in public health fields for more than 30 years.

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Lynn Grattan, Ph.D.

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND

MENTAL HEALTH, PI

Grattan is the principal investigator for the HGHC project's mental health research team. She is a psychologist and Associate Professor of Neurology, Psychiatry, Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

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Andrew Kane, Ph.D.

UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA

SEAFOOD SAFETY, PI

Kane is the principal investigator for the HGHC project's seafood safety research team. He is an Associate Professor and director of the Aquatic Pathobiology Laboratory at the University of Florida. His research interests focus on environmental pathology and toxicology of freshwater and marine organisms.

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Brian Mayer, Ph.D.

UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA

COMMUNITY RESILIENCE, PI

Mayer is the principal investigator for the HGHC project's community resilience research team. He is an Associate Professor of sociology  at the University of Arizona. His research interests focus on the social production of environmental health risks and the contestations that emerge around environmental problems in the areas of science, policy, and medicine.

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Tracy Irani, Ph.D.

UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA

COMMUNITY OUTREACH, PI

Irani is the principal investigator for the HGHC project's Community Outreach and Dissemination Core. She is a Professor and Department Chair of the Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences at the University of Florida. She is a nationally recognized social scientist in the areas of public understand of science and technology, crisis and risk communication, and public opinion issues analysis.

"I think what ate at people was the length of time it took to even stop. We saw the oil going into the Gulf like an artery just being cut, and we were bleeding to death.

 

We didn't have any idea—we had no frame of references to how that was gonna impact anything, and so the monsters that you make up are a lot worse than the monsters you have. I think that ate at everybody. There was an anxiousness and an irritation. People were not okay. All across the board, we were not okay."

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