Genius Grant Winners Include Ecologist Who Studies Gulf of Mexico’s Dead Zone | WFPL
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced the recipients of their ‘Genius Grants’ yesterday, and one of them is a scientist dedicated to studying the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico. Nancy Rabalais is a marine ecologist and the executive director of the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium.
A ‘dead zone’ is an area of a body of water that has extremely low oxygen, which makes it difficult for the area to support any type of aquatic life. The Gulf of Mexico’s dead zone is the U.S.’s most notorious; in 2010, it was the size of New Jersey.