The National Academies of Sciences – Gulf Research Program (NAS – GRP)
DWH Project Funding
Known Leveraged Funding
Funding Source: BP and Transocean
Controlling Document: Guilty Plea Agreement between BP and U.S. Department of Justice, Guilty Plea Agreement between Transocean and U.S. Department of Justice
Year Awarded: 2015
Dr. Dorgan is a senior marine scientist at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab and an assistant professor of marine sciences at the University of South Alabama. She received her B.S. in marine biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and her Ph.D. in oceanography from the University of Maine. As part of her dissertation research, she showed that worms extend burrows through muddy sediments by fracture, a result that was published in Nature and for which she was awarded the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography Lindeman Award. Dr. Dorganis research program aims to develop a mechanistic understanding of the ecological and biogeochemical processes occurring in marine sediments. She is specifically interested in animal-sediment interactions, including the mechanics of burrowing and feeding and the impacts of these activities on the physical structure of sediments.