Tracing the Intrusion of the GOM-2010 Oil Spill on Coastal and Marine Food Webs Radiocarbon and Stable Isotope
Florida State University
DWH Project Funding
Known Leveraged Funding
Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI)
Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) Grant Program
Human and/or Institutional Capacity
The Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the northern Gulf of Mexico (GOM) is effectively a large-scale tracer release. The isotopic signature of the carbon entering the marine environment from the spill will provide a means of tracing the immediate and long term effects of the spill on coastal food webs. Our preliminary data indicates that this pulse of carbon will be assimilated into coastal food webs.