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

Implementing Organization

Auburn University

Overview

DWH Project Funding

$5,098,831

Known Leveraged Funding

$0

Funding Organization

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI)

Funding Program

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) Grant Program

Details

Project Category

Science

Project Actions

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.

Contact

Lori Schwacke
None
lori.schwacke@nmmf.org
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Project Partners

None

Affiliated Institutions

None

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