Quantifying the Effects of Oil Exposure on the Carbon Cycling and Diversity of Pelagic Microbial Community of Coastal Alabama

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: Alabama

Funding Source: BP
Controlling Document: GOMRI Master Research Agreement
Year Awarded: 2011

Project Details

Project Category

Project Actions

Chemical Aspects Research Environmental Research

Targeted Resources

Human and / or Institutional Capacity Microbial Communities Pelagic Zone

Project Description

The explosion and subsequent release of oil associated with the Deepwater Horizon platform may have substantially altered the pelagic ecosystem in the northern Gulf of Mexico. The effects, usually concentrated at the surface where much of the released oil accumulates, may also be felt within the water column. The effects on the deeper ecosystem may be increased by the application of dispersants to the oil at the source, ~1200 m deep.

Project Contact

Project Partners


Affiliated Institutions

Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL)

Project ID: 237
Project Name: Quantifying the Effects of Oil Exposure on the Carbon Cycling and Diversity of Pelagic Microbial Community of Coastal Alabama
SourceUID: 156
Latitude: 30.69666671
Longitude: -88.18295577
Country: United States of America
State or Province: Alabama
County: Mobile
Project Category: Science
Project Action: Chemical Aspects Research
Additional Project Action(s): Environmental Research
Additional Project Action(s):
Targeted Resource(s): Human and/or Institutional Capacity
Targeted Resource(s): Microbial Communities
Targeted Resource(s): Pelagic Zone
Anticipated Project Completion Year: 2012
Implementing Organization: University of South Alabama
Implementing Organization Type: Academic
Point of Contact – Name: Alice Ortmann
Point of Contact – Phone: aortmann@disl.org
Point of Contact – Email: 251-861-2141 x 7526
Other Partners: None
Affiliated Institutions: Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL)
Link: http://research.gulfresearchinitiative.org/research-awards/projects/?pid=156
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
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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): 192713
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 : 192713
DWH Source: BP
Fund Origin: Voluntary Agreement
Controlling Documents: GOMRI Master Research Agreement
Award Year: 2011
Award Month: 1
Total Amount Leveraged: 0