Assessing the Impact of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on the Diamondback Terrapin: a Top Carnivore and Keystone Species in the Salt Marshes of Alabama


Project Overview

Implementing Organization
University of Alabama at Birmingham

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
Sea Turtles
Wetlands / Marshes / Estuaries

Project Description

The diamondback terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin) is a top carnivore and keystone species in salt marsh habitats throughout areas of the northern Gulf of Mexico that were impacted by the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Due to their ecology and physiology, the diamondback terrapin represents an optimal model for documenting the impact of oil contamination on a higher trophic level predator in the salt marsh.

Project Contact

Project Partners

None

Affiliated Institutions

Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL), University of South Alabama


Project ID: 198
Project Name: Assessing the Impact of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on the Diamondback Terrapin: a Top Carnivore and Keystone Species in the Salt Marshes of Alabama
SourceUID: 11
Latitude: 33.50257374
Longitude: -86.80742264
Country: United States of America
State or Province: Alabama
County: Jefferson
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): Sea Turtles
Targeted Resource(s): Wetlands / Marshes / Estuaries
Anticipated Project Completion Year: 2011
Implementing Organization: University of Alabama at Birmingham
Implementing Organization Type: State
Point of Contact – Name: Thane Wibbels
Point of Contact – Phone: twibbels@uab.edu
Point of Contact – Email: 205-934-4419
Other Partners: None
Affiliated Institutions: Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL), University of South Alabama
Link: http://research.gulfresearchinitiative.org/research-awards/projects/?pid=11
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): 25645
DWH Funder: Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI)
DWH Funder Type: Private
DWH Funding Program: GoMRI Year One Block Grant
DWH Dollar Amount : 25645
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