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Gulf of Mexico Ecosystem Integrity: Resilience of Seagrass Beds to Oil Contamination

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University of South Alabama


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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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Environmental Research

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Human and/or Institutional Capacity

Project Description

Given their significance as ecological sentinels, seagrasses are excellent models for quantitatively documenting ecosystem functions that may be disrupted by this oil spill event. Gaining an understanding of their genetic, biochemical and physiological responses to oil contamination and subsequent recovery is essential to assessing resilience of sensitive coastal ecosystems. Samples of seagrass were collected across seasons over a spatial scale relevant to the oil contamination event.


Anne Boettcher
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