Measuring Habitat Utilization, Plant Growth Rates and Secondary Productivity in Response to Oiling in a Northern Gulf of Mexico Salt Marsh

Project Overview

Implementing Organization
University of West 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

Environmental Research

Targeted Resources

Human and / or Institutional Capacity Wetlands / Marshes / Estuaries Petroleum

Project Description

Much uncertainty exists regarding the impact that oiling may have on the ecology of intertidal salt marsh systems. The Deepwater Horizon event provides a unique opportunity to assess the manner in which salt marsh communities respond to stressors of this nature. In addition, it provides an opportunity to evaluate the long-term response of the salt marsh community at several levels. In this work, we are investigating the impact of exposure to oil and dispersants from the Deepwater Horizon spill on intertidal salt marsh communities in Alabama and Louisiana.

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Project ID: 258
Project Name: Measuring Habitat Utilization, Plant Growth Rates and Secondary Productivity in Response to Oiling in a Northern Gulf of Mexico Salt Marsh
SourceUID: 8
Latitude: 32.59005508
Longitude: -88.18429383
Country: United States of America
State or Province: Alabama
County: Sumter
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): Wetlands / Marshes / Estuaries
Targeted Resource(s): Petroleum
Anticipated Project Completion Year: 2011
Implementing Organization: University of West Alabama
Implementing Organization Type: Academic
Point of Contact – Name: Lee Stanton
Point of Contact – Phone:
Point of Contact – Email: 205-652-3415
Other Partners: None
Affiliated Institutions: None
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): 153977
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 : 153977
DWH Source: BP
Fund Origin: Voluntary Agreement
Controlling Documents: GOMRI Master Research Agreement
Award Year: 2011
Award Month: 1
Total Amount Leveraged: 0