Quantitative Studies of the Effects of Oil Exposure on the Pelagic Microbial Community and Sheepshead Minnow, Using a Global Proteomics Approach
Mississippi State University
DWH Project Funding
Known Leveraged Funding
Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI)
Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative GoMRI Grant Program
Human and/or Institutional Capacity
This project contributes to answering the question whether the Macondo 252 Oil Spill resulted in large-scale perturbation of the northern Gulf of Mexico ecosystem structure and function, by elucidating molecular responses of microbial communities and fish to the oil spill and to consequent decontamination efforts. Proposed research will address the Observe and Understand components of the NGI project clusters, providing a deeper understanding of the complex interplay within microbial communities, as well as delayed, chronic and indirect toxic effects on the marine fauna.