Integrative Biodiversity Assessment of Coral-Sponge Communities of W Florida Shelf: Establishing a Baseline for a Sensitive Ecosystem


Project Overview

Implementing Organization
University of Florida

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: Multiple States

Funding Source: BP
Controlling Document: GOMRI Master Research Agreement
Year Awarded: 2010

Project Details

Project Category

Project Actions

Environmental Research

Targeted Resources

Human and / or Institutional Capacity
Corals / Coral Reefs

Project Description

The BP oil crisis has brought home how little we know about benthic marine communities of the West Florida shelf, and how this lack of knowledge will limit our ability to assess impacts and plan remediation. The crisis also comes at the general time when marine resource management is undergoing a broad shift in focus from focusing on exploited species, to assessing ecosystems, and a necessary scaling up in our capacity to assess, monitor, and to generally better understand marine biodiversity.

Project Contact

Project Partners

None

Affiliated Institutions

Florida State University, Nova Southeastern University, Old Dominion University, Smithsonian Institute, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Universidade Federal do Ceara Brazil, Virginia Museum of Natural History


Project ID: 208
Project Name: Integrative Biodiversity Assessment of Coral-Sponge Communities of W Florida Shelf: Establishing a Baseline for a Sensitive Ecosystem
SourceUID: 50
Latitude: 29.64518331
Longitude: -82.34630768
Country: BRA, USA
State or Province: DC, FL, TX, VA, BRA – CE
County:
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): Corals / Coral Reefs
Targeted Resource(s):
Anticipated Project Completion Year: 2012
Implementing Organization: University of Florida
Implementing Organization Type: State
Point of Contact – Name: Gustav Paulay
Point of Contact – Phone: paulay@ufl.edu
Point of Contact – Email: 352-273-1948
Other Partners: None
Affiliated Institutions: Florida State University, Nova Southeastern University, Old Dominion University, Smithsonian Institute, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Universidade Federal do Ceara Brazil, Virginia Museum of Natural History
Link: http://research.gulfresearchinitiative.org/research-awards/projects/?pid=50
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): 195399
DWH Funder: Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI)
DWH Funder Type: Private
DWH Funding Program: GoMRI Year One Block Grant
DWH Dollar Amount : 195399
DWH Source: BP
Fund Origin: Voluntary Agreement
Controlling Documents: GOMRI Master Research Agreement
Award Year: 2010
Award Month: 9
Total Amount Leveraged: 0
Completeness: CA-PB