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Responses of Benthic Communities and Sedimentary Dynamics to Hydrocarbon Exposure in Neritic and Bathyal Ecosystems: Phase II

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University of Southern Mississippi


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Funding Organization

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI)

Funding Program

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative GoMRI Grant Program


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Physical Aspects Research

Targeted Resources

Human and/or Institutional Capacity

Project Description

We propose to continue and expand what has been a very successful NGI Phase I project, which is focused on determining if and where oil has reached the seafloor below the intertidal zone and if at these sites it has affected benthic ecosystems. Oil has been observed over large areas of the ocean surface and has been reported in thin, discrete layers on subsurface isopycnals.


Charlotte A. Brunner
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