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Baseline and Oil Spill Impacted Marine Sponge Microbial Communities and Gene Expression Analysis with Metagenomics

Implementing Organization

Nova Southeastern University (NSU)


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Funding Organization

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI)

Funding Program

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative GoMRI Grant Program


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Project Actions

Environmental Research

Targeted Resources

Human and/or Institutional Capacity

Project Description

The primary aim of this project is to characterize and monitor physiological and genetic baseline parameters in marine sponges and their associated microbial symbionts using modern molecular methods, before and after exposure to petroleum products. This project will develop sponges and their microbes as potential "sentinel" species to assess the impact of past and potential oil contamination on reef habitats.


Jose V. Lopez
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