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Improved Understanding of the Northern Gulf of Mexico Pelagic Ecosystem: Integration, Synthesis, and Modeling of High-Resolution Zooplankton and Fish Data

Implementing Organization

University of Maryland


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Funding Organization

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine – Gulf Research Program (NASEM - GRP)

Funding Program

NASEM Gulf Research Program Grants


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Species Restoration

Targeted Resources

Fish/Fish Habitats

Project Description

Zooplankton and small fish provide the foundation for commercially and recreationally important fish species in the Gulf of Mexico, but their limited mobility makes them particularly vulnerable to impaired environmental conditions. Project researchers will build upon a variety of models to assess potential responses of zooplankton and fish to stressors such as oil spills and events limiting oxygen supply in the northern Gulf of Mexico. The synthesis of historic data with a broad range of new information will identify new, cost-effective ways of monitoring critical living marine resources in the Gulf.


Michael R. Roman
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