Gulf of Mexico Ecosystem Integrity: Resilience of Seagrass Beds to Oil Contamination

Project Overview

Implementing Organization
University of South Alabama

DWH Project Funding


Known Leveraged Funding


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: 2011

Project Details

Project Category

Project Actions

Environmental Research

Targeted Resources

Human and / or Institutional Capacity Submerged Aquatic Vegetation

Project Description

Given their significance as ecological sentinels, seagrasses are excellent models for quantitatively documenting ecosystem functions that may be disrupted by this oil spill event. Gaining an understanding of their genetic, biochemical and physiological responses to oil contamination and subsequent recovery is essential to assessing resilience of sensitive coastal ecosystems. Samples of seagrass were collected across seasons over a spatial scale relevant to the oil contamination event.

Project Contact

Project Partners


Affiliated Institutions

Middle Tennessee State University

Project ID: 236
Project Name: Gulf of Mexico Ecosystem Integrity: Resilience of Seagrass Beds to Oil Contamination
SourceUID: 129
Latitude: 30.69666671
Longitude: -88.18295577
Country: United States of America
State or Province: AL, TN
County: Unknown Multiple Counties,
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): Submerged Aquatic Vegetation
Targeted Resource(s):
Anticipated Project Completion Year: 2011
Implementing Organization: University of South Alabama
Implementing Organization Type: Academic
Point of Contact – Name: Anne Boettcher
Point of Contact – Phone:
Point of Contact – Email: 251-460-6101
Other Partners: None
Affiliated Institutions: Middle Tennessee State University
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: None
Total Dollar Amount (from all funders): 15000
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 : 15000
DWH Source: BP
Fund Origin: Voluntary Agreement
Controlling Documents: GOMRI Master Research Agreement
Award Year: 2011
Award Month: 1
Total Amount Leveraged: 0