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Does the 'Priming Effect' Caused by the DWH Oil-spill Result in Increased Microbial and Zooplankton Consumption of Labile and Refractory Dissolved Organic Carbon? Phase II

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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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Chemical Aspects Research

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Human and/or Institutional Capacity

Project Description

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill was unprecedented in the magnitude and extent of oil released into the water column. Regular two-week monitoring by the Fisheries Oceanography of Coastal Alabama (FOCAL) program as part of BP NGI Phase I funding, documented marked changes in labile carbon (C) pools, and in microbial and zooplanktonic processes in response to the presence of oil in coastal waters of Alabama.


Robert Condon
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