Assessing the Impact of Oil/Dispersant on Marine Sponges and their Symbiotic Communities


Project Overview

Implementing Organization
The University of Alabama

DWH Project Funding

0

Known Leveraged Funding

0

Funding Organization

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI)

Funding Program

GoMRI Year One Block Grant

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
Microbial Communities
Petroleum

Project Description

Marine sponges are known to filter large quantities of seawater (on the order of 100’s to 1000’s of liters per day). As sessile organisms, they are likely to demonstrate bioaccumulation of oil and/or dispersant more rapidly than vagile, non-filter-feeding organisms. Additionally, sponges serve as a host for a wide variety of both prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms. In some sponges, up to 40% of the biomass is microbial rather than sponge and they provide habitat to a diverse array of endofaunal associates.

Project Contact

Project Partners

None

Affiliated Institutions

Auburn University at Montgomery, University of Alabama at Birmingham


Project ID: 183
Project Name: Assessing the Impact of Oil/Dispersant on Marine Sponges and their Symbiotic Communities
SourceUID: 6
Latitude: 33.21562015
Longitude: -87.5403941
Country: United States of America
State or Province: Alabama
County: Tuscaloosa
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): Microbial Communities
Targeted Resource(s): Petroleum
Anticipated Project Completion Year: 2011
Implementing Organization: The University of Alabama
Implementing Organization Type: State
Point of Contact – Name: Julie Olson
Point of Contact – Phone: jolson@bama.ua.edu
Point of Contact – Email: 205-348-2633
Other Partners: None
Affiliated Institutions: Auburn University at Montgomery, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Link: http://research.gulfresearchinitiative.org/research-awards/projects/?pid=6
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: 0
Total Dollar Amount (from all funders): 34395
DWH Funder: Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI)
DWH Funder Type: Private
DWH Funding Program: GoMRI Year One Block Grant
DWH Dollar Amount : 34395
DWH Source: BP
Fund Origin: Voluntary Agreement
Controlling Documents: GOMRI Master Research Agreement
Award Year: 2011
Award Month: 1
Total Amount Leveraged: 0
Completeness: CA-PB