Jacksonville State University
DWH Project Funding
Known Leveraged Funding
Funding Source: BP
Controlling Document: GOMRI Master Research Agreement
Year Awarded: 2011
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.