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Long-Term Impact, Recovery and Resilience: Wetland plant-microbial-benthic ecosystem responses to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and mitigation strategies promoting sustainability

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Louisiana State University


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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

The goals of this research are to (1) document the long-term impacts of the DWH oil spill on the coastal marsh plant-microbial-benthic complex of Louisiana's Mississippis River Delta, (2) quantify rates of, and controls on, long-term recovery, and (3) evaluate the potential and effectiveness of a restoration and remediation strategy for promoting and accelerating long-term sustainability. This research will provide a better scientific understanding of the oil spill effects and long-term recovery of the plant-microbial- benthic ecosystem as well as practical information concerning strategies for accelerating ecosystem recovery, and thus long-term sustainability, of oil impacted coastal wetlands.


Qianxin Lin
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