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Consortium for Advanced Research on Marine Mammal Health Assessment (CARMMHA)

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Auburn University


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Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI)

Funding Program

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative GoMRI Grant Program


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Environmental Research

Targeted Resources

Marine Mammals

Project Description

The goal of this consortium is to further understand how the toxic effects of oil from the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) disaster impacted cetaceans in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Our primary objectives are to: conduct innovative veterinary and/or laboratory studies to address priority scientific questions related to health effects of oil exposure in dolphins that have emerged from prior studies; integrate data from lower taxa to understand the potential indirect effects on dolphins from ecosystem changes that occurred before, during, and after the DWH spill in Gulf of Mexico bays, sounds, and estuaries; fill a critical information gap related to the current health status of dolphins outside of the previously studied bays, sounds, and estuaries following the DWH oil spill; and apply state-of-the-art modeling approaches to synthesize all available data and information from prior and on-going studies, as well as new information from the above objectives, to develop new population recovery trajectories for multiple cetacean stocks.


Lori Schwacke
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