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Recovery: Benthic Meiofauna Survey

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Jacksonville State University


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Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI)

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Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative GoMRI Grant Program


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Environmental Research

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Project Description

Although the exact fate of much of the oil and dispersants for the "Deepwater Horizon oil spill (DHOS) are still under examination, large quantities of oil are believed to have sunk to the bottom. (An observation apparently confirmed by Dr. Smantha Joye and others recently on the "R/V Ocean Veritas.) As such, benthic communities were likely largely impacted including organisms that live in the sediments such as meiofaunal or microbial communities. The Benthic Meiofauna Survey proposed here will examine interstitial animals and selected microbes from areas believed to be impacted by DHOS.


Frank Romano
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