Deep-Pelagic Plankton Communities of the Northern Gulf of Mexico: Trophic Ecology, Assemblage Dynamics, and Connectivity with the Upper Ocean


Project Overview

Implementing Organization
Oregon State University

DWH Project Funding

0

Known Leveraged Funding

0

Funding Organization

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI)

Funding Program

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) Grant Program

Project Location: Multiple States

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

Project Details

Project Category

Project Actions

Environmental Research

Targeted Resources

Benthic Zone / Sea Floor Human and/or Institutional Capacity

Project Description

Our goal is to address major knowledge gaps for the GOM by describing the community structure and trophic ecology of deep-pelagic plankton assemblages, and their connectivity with the upper ocean. Our specific objectives are to: 1) describe diets and trophic linkages for dominant, deep-pelagic larval and juvenile fishes using gut content analysis and stable carbon and nitrogen isotope analysis; 2) identify environmental drivers that structure deep-pelagic planktonic assemblages and vertical migration patterns; 3) develop a coupled plankton/upper trophic level and coupled deep-pelagic/epipelagic ecosystem model using ECOPATH and end-to-end ECOTRAN methods; and 4) apply data-driven ecosystem models to quantify rates of energy and biomass transfer between the epipelagic and deep-pelagic ecosystems that occur via trophic interactions and to estimate the consequences to ecosystem dynamics from perturbations in these linkages.

Project Contact

Project Partners

None

Affiliated Institutions

University of Louisiana at Lafayette, University of Southern Mississippi


Project ID: 1048
Project Name: Deep-Pelagic Plankton Communities of the Northern Gulf of Mexico: Trophic Ecology, Assemblage Dynamics, and Connectivity with the Upper Ocean
SourceUID: 319
Latitude: 0
Longitude: 0
Country: United States of America
State or Province: LA, MS, OR
County: Unknown Multiple Counties,
Project Category: Science
Project Action: Environmental Research
Additional Project Action(s):
Additional Project Action(s):
Targeted Resource(s): Benthic Zone / Sea Floor
Targeted Resource(s): Human and/or Institutional Capacity
Targeted Resource(s):
Anticipated Project Completion Year: 2019
Implementing Organization: Oregon State University
Implementing Organization Type: Academic
Point of Contact – Name: Frank Hernandez
Point of Contact – Phone: frank.hernandez@usm.edu
Point of Contact – Email: None
Other Partners: None
Affiliated Institutions: University of Louisiana at Lafayette, University of Southern Mississippi
Link: http://research.gulfresearchinitiative.org/research-awards/projects/?pid=319
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Acres Acquired: 0
Close Year: 0
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Close day: 0
Purchase Type: None
Landowner: None
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Purpose: None
Public Access: None
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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): 999185
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 : 999185
DWH Source: BP
Fund Origin: Voluntary Agreement
Controlling Documents: GOMRI Master Research Agreement
Award Year: 2017
Award Month: 9
Total Amount Leveraged: 0