Recovery: Benthic Meiofauna Survey

Project Overview

Implementing Organization
Jacksonville State University

DWH Project Funding


Known Leveraged Funding


Funding Organization

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI)

Funding Program

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) Grant Program

Project Location: Alabama

Funding Source: BP
Controlling Document: GOMRI Master Research Agreement
Year Awarded: 2011

Project Details

Project Category

Project Actions

Environmental Research

Targeted Resources

Human and / or Institutional Capacity Benthic Zone / Sea Floor Microbial Communities

Project Description

Although the exact fate of much of the oil and dispersants for the “Deepwater Horizon oil spill (DHOS) are still under examination, large quantities of oil are believed to have sunk to the bottom. (An observation apparently confirmed by Dr. Smantha Joye and others recently on the “R/V Ocean Veritas.) As such, benthic communities were likely largely impacted including organisms that live in the sediments such as meiofaunal or microbial communities.
The Benthic Meiofauna Survey proposed here will examine interstitial animals and selected microbes from areas believed to be impacted by DHOS.

Project Contact

Project Partners


Affiliated Institutions

Auburn University, The University of Alabama, Troy University, University of South Alabama

Project ID: 104
Project Name: Recovery: Benthic Meiofauna Survey
SourceUID: 136
Latitude: 33.82314082
Longitude: -85.76634262
Country: United States of America
State or Province: Alabama
County: Calhoun
Project Category: Science
Project Action: Environmental Research
Additional Project Action(s):
Additional Project Action(s):
Targeted Resource(s): Human and/or Institutional Capacity
Targeted Resource(s): Benthic Zone / Sea Floor
Targeted Resource(s): Microbial Communities
Anticipated Project Completion Year: 2011
Implementing Organization: Jacksonville State University
Implementing Organization Type: Academic
Point of Contact – Name: Frank Romano
Point of Contact – Phone:
Point of Contact – Email: 256-782-5038
Other Partners: None
Affiliated Institutions: Auburn University, The University of Alabama, Troy University, University of South Alabama
Project Comments: None
Acres Acquired: 0
Close Year: 0
Close Month: 0
Close day: 0
Purchase Type: None
Landowner: None
Landowner Type: None
Purpose: None
Public Access: None
Easement Holder Name : None
Easement Holder Type: None
Secondary Easement Holder 1: None
Secondary Easement Holder 2: None
Duration: None
Term: 0
Land Restoration Acreage: 0
Aquatic Restoration Acreage: 0
Restoration Mileage: 0
Restoration Feet: 0
Additional Acreage: None
Total Dollar Amount (from all funders): 210584
DWH Funder: Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI)
DWH Funder Type: Private
DWH Funding Program: Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) Grant Program
DWH Dollar Amount : 210584
DWH Source: BP
Fund Origin: Voluntary Agreement
Controlling Documents: GOMRI Master Research Agreement
Award Year: 2011
Award Month: 1
Total Amount Leveraged: 0