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Assessing the Impact of Oil/Dispersant on Marine Sponges and their Symbiotic Communities

Implementing Organization

University of Alabama

Overview

DWH Project Funding

$34,395

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

Human and/or Institutional Capacity

Project Description

Marine sponges are known to filter large quantities of seawater (on the order of 100's to 1000's of liters per day). As sessile organisms, they are likely to demonstrate bioaccumulation of oil and/or dispersant more rapidly than vagile, non-filter-feeding organisms. Additionally, sponges serve as a host for a wide variety of both prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms. In some sponges, up to 40% of the biomass is microbial rather than sponge and they provide habitat to a diverse array of endofaunal associates.

Contact

Julie Olson
205-348-2633
jolson@bama.ua.edu
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Project Partners

None

Affiliated Institutions

None

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