Effects of the BP Oil Spill on Diatoms, Nannoplankton, and Related Protists at the Base of the Food Chain in the NE Gulf of Mexico of the food chain in the NE Gulf of Mexico
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
Calcareous nannoplankton and benthic and planktonic or pelagic diatoms are major photosynthetic, skeletal-secreting prosists at the base of the food chain. Major impacts on their populations by spill oil and dispersants will be felt throughout the trophic system up to the vertebrate level. We propose to extend baseline studies of these and related groups previously carried out in the NE Gulf of Mexico off Florida, from inland bays and estuaries to the shelf and slope.