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Fates and Effects of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on the Ecological Structure and Function of Coastal Wetland Ecosystems

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Louisiana 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

The Deepwater Horizon event has oiled large portions of the Louisiana coast including Phragmites australis marshes at the mouth of the Mississippi River, some of the Spartina alterniflora marshes behind barrier islands and within the estuaries, as well as 250 miles of Louisiana shoreline. Healthy wetland vegetation is vital to sustain marsh structure and to promote important wetland services, such as high biological productivity, fisheries' support, wildlife habitat, storm mitigation, shoreline protection and water quality enhancement.


Qianxin Lin
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