Exploring the Mechanisms of Nitrate-aided Biodegradation of Petroleum Hydrocarbon under Anaerobic Conditions
DWH Project Funding
Known Leveraged Funding
Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI)
Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative GoMRI Grant Program
Chemical Aspects Research
Human and/or Institutional Capacity
The explosion of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico was unprecedented with millions barrels of crude oil release into the Gulf regions, and its environmental impact will take years to unveil. Application of large quantities of chemical dispersants makes its environmental impact even more complicated. In the Gulf of Mexico, coastal saltwater wetlands and tidal freshwater wetlands are sensitive to oil, both immediately and in the long term, because these wetlands have been vulnerable already duo to natural and anthropogenic stress.