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Studies of Microbial Communities Affected by the Deepwater Horizon Spill

Implementing Organization

Alabama State University

Overview

DWH Project Funding

$15,000

Known Leveraged Funding

$0

Funding Organization

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI)

Funding Program

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) Grant Program

Details

Project Category

Science

Project Actions

Environmental Research

Targeted Resources

Human and/or Institutional Capacity

Project Description

The diversity of archaeal and bacterial communities in the coastal areas of the Gulf of Mexico has been reduced by the influx of oil. Some microorganisms will dominate in carbon-rich environments while others will be at a competitive disadvantage. Depletion of prokaryotic community diversity in coastal areas diminishes the resilience of the associated ecosystem. Our studies will establish linkage between contamination by oil and its effect on prokaryotic microbial communities.

Contact

Omar Oyarzabal
334-229-8449
oaoyarzabal@gmail.com
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Project Partners

None

Affiliated Institutions

None

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