Dr. Alfred Ernest Schuyler, The Academy of Natural Sciences (image) Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University Share Print E-Mail Caption Dr. Alfred Ernest Schuyler, curator emeritus of botany at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia says the delta bulrush could help ease the Gulf oil spill crisis. Schuyler, a prominent botanist who first profiled and then named the delta bulrush, says the plant has natural properties that could help reduce the impact of the spill on the Mississippi delta. He is urging all sides involved in the crisis to give this slender sedge family member a hard look as they weigh their spill-fighting strategies. Schuyler, holding the type specimen from the Academy's botany collection, described and named Scirpus deltarum, now known as Schoenoplectus deltarum. Credit Katie Clark/ANSP Usage Restrictions Photo only to be used in conjunction with the story on Dr. Ernie Schuyler and the delta bulrush. Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.