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Quantifying the Effects of Oil Exposure on the Carbon Cycling and Diversity of Pelagic Microbial Community of Coastal Alabama

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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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Chemical Aspects Research

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Human and/or Institutional Capacity

Project Description

The explosion and subsequent release of oil associated with the Deepwater Horizon platform may have substantially altered the pelagic ecosystem in the northern Gulf of Mexico. The effects, usually concentrated at the surface where much of the released oil accumulates, may also be felt within the water column. The effects on the deeper ecosystem may be increased by the application of dispersants to the oil at the source, ~1200 m deep.


Alice Ortmann
251-861-2141 x 7526
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