The Effect of Sediment Bioturbators on the Biological Degradation of Petroleum in Coastal Ecosystems


Project Overview

Implementing Organization
University of Louisiana at Lafayette

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: Louisiana1

Funding Source: BP
Controlling Document: GOMRI Master Research Agreement
Year Awarded: 2013

Project Details

Project Category

Project Actions

Chemical Aspects Research

Chemical Aspects Research

Targeted Resources

Human and / or Institutional Capacity
Benthic Zone / Sea Floor
Petroleum

Project Description

The fate and biodegradation of petroleum hydrocarbons and dispersant in sediments of coastal ecosystems can be influenced significantly by the presence of organisms inhabiting the sediment. This is especially so for benthic animals that are active bioturbators. Effectively serving as ecosystem engineers, they greatly modify physical and chemical conditions in the sediment.

Project Contact

Project Partners

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Affiliated Institutions

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Project ID: 216
Project Name: The Effect of Sediment Bioturbators on the Biological Degradation of Petroleum in Coastal Ecosystems
SourceUID: 226
Latitude: 30.21219084
Longitude: -92.0193038
Country: United States of America
State or Province: Louisiana
County: Lafayette
Project Category: Science
Project Action: Chemical Aspects Research
Additional Project Action(s):
Additional Project Action(s): Chemical Aspects Research
Targeted Resource(s): Human and / or Institutional Capacity
Targeted Resource(s): Benthic Zone / Sea Floor
Targeted Resource(s): Petroleum
Anticipated Project Completion Year: 2015
Implementing Organization: University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Implementing Organization Type: Academic
Point of Contact – Name: Paul L. Klerks
Point of Contact – Phone: klerks@louisiana.edu
Point of Contact – Email: 337-482-6356
Other Partners: None
Affiliated Institutions: None
Link: http://research.gulfresearchinitiative.org/research-awards/projects/?pid=226
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:
Total Dollar Amount (from all funders): 1025090
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 : 1025090
DWH Source: BP
Fund Origin: Voluntary Agreement
Controlling Documents: GOMRI Master Research Agreement
Award Year: 2013
Award Month: 1
Total Amount Leveraged: 0


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