Coral-Tox: A Species-Sensitivity Assessment of Petroleum Hydrocarbon Toxicity to Scleractinian Corals

Project Overview

Implementing Organization
Nova Southeastern 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: Florida

Funding Source: BP
Controlling Document: GOMRI Master Research Agreement
Year Awarded: 2017

Project Details

Project Category

Project Actions

Physical Aspects Research Chemical Aspects Research

Targeted Resources

Corals / Coral Reefs Human and/or Institutional Capacity

Project Description

From the perspective of Oil Spill Preparedness and Response (OSPR), coral reefs, with particular focus on the impacts on the coral animal itself, represent one of the highest valued natural resources for protection in Net Environmental Benefit Analysis (NEBA) of response methods and environmental damage. Previous research evaluating hydrocarbon toxicity to corals and coral reefs has generally focused on community-level effects (relatively little is known at the individual and cellular level) and results are often not comparable between studies due to variability in hydrocarbon exposure characterization and evaluation of coral health/mortality during exposure. Overall, this represents an important knowledge gap in oil spill preparedness and response as it relates to the potential impact of oil spills on coral reefs. Ongoing research by this laboratory has sought to fill the data gap in hydrocarbon toxicity to corals through development and application of a standardized toxicity testing protocol using single hydrocarbons, which considers coral response at multiple levels of resolution and is applicable to many coral species and test scenarios. The central objective of the proposed project is to expand on this existing work by including four additional important species of Atlantic scleractinian corals. A central goal of these experiments is to address the lack of knowledge which exists regarding environmental effects of the petroleum/dispersant system on scleractinian corals, which are key coastal organisms.

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Project ID: 1045
Project Name: Coral-Tox: A Species-Sensitivity Assessment of Petroleum Hydrocarbon Toxicity to Scleractinian Corals
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Country: United States of America
State or Province: Florida
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Project Category: Science
Project Action: Physical Aspects Research
Additional Project Action(s): Chemical Aspects Research
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Targeted Resource(s): Corals / Coral Reefs
Targeted Resource(s): Human and/or Institutional Capacity
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Anticipated Project Completion Year: 2019
Implementing Organization: Nova Southeastern University
Implementing Organization Type: Academic
Point of Contact – Name: Abigail Renegar
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Total Dollar Amount (from all funders): 865883
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 : 865883
DWH Source: BP
Fund Origin: Voluntary Agreement
Controlling Documents: GOMRI Master Research Agreement
Award Year: 2017
Award Month: 9
Total Amount Leveraged: 0