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Researchers examine impacts from Santa Barbara oil spill




A sign is posted closing the beach to all fishing as an environmental cleanup crew helps with the clearing of oil-tainted items found at Refugio State Beach in Santa Barbara County, in California on May 21, 2015. The governor of California declared an emergency as crews scrambled to contain an oil slick and clean up popular beaches after a pipeline rupture dumped thousands of gallons of oil into the ocean. AFP PHOTO / FREDERIC J. BROWN        (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
A sign is posted closing the beach to all fishing as an environmental cleanup crew helps with the clearing of oil-tainted items found at Refugio State Beach in Santa Barbara County, in California on May 21, 2015. The governor of California declared an emergency as crews scrambled to contain an oil slick and clean up popular beaches after a pipeline rupture dumped thousands of gallons of oil into the ocean. AFP PHOTO / FREDERIC J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
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As clean up continues from the Refugio Beach oil spill off the Santa Barbara Coast, a team of researchers has collected samples from the tainted waters.

David Valentine, professor with the Marine Science Institute at UC Santa Barbara, was part of that team. He explains what they're hoping to learn.