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Biodegradation of the Deepwater Horizon Oil in Florida Marsh Ecosystems and Exploration of Novel Passive Remediation Strategies

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University of Florida


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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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Chemical Aspects Research

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Human and/or Institutional Capacity

Project Description

Marshes represent perhaps the most critical habitat to maintaining the ecological and economic health of Florida's Gulf Coast. They are also among the most sensitive to damage from Deepwater Horizon (DH) oil contamination. Paradoxically, more damage may be done by misguided efforts at oil removal from the marsh than by the oil itself. Other options such as microbial treatment carry large; costs and fertilization can lead to eutrophication in some cases.


Andrew Zimmerman
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