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Impacts of the Deep Horizon Oil Spill on Ecosystem Structure and Function in Alabama's Marine Waters

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Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL)


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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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Physical Aspects Research

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Project Description

We propose to take a deliberate next step in our evaluation of the impacts of the unprecedented Deepwater Horizon oil leak on the health of key ecosystem attributes in Alabama's waters using a hypothesis-driven sampling design known by its acronym BACI (Before, After, Control, Impacts). Following this philosophical construct, scientists at DISL proactively collected baseline data on the state of a number of key determinants of ecosystem structure when it became apparent that the uncontrolled release of oil from the accident sites would continue for the foreseeable future.


John Valentine
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