A systems approach to improve predictions of biodegradation and ecosystem recovery in coastal marine sediments impacted by oil spill

Project Overview

Implementing Organization
Florida State University

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: 2016

Project Details

Project Category

Project Actions

Chemical Aspects Research

Targeted Resources

Human and / or Institutional Capacity Petroleum Microbial Communities

Project Description

The goals of this project are to link microbial degradation of buried oil and associated transport processes and to integrate these data in a model that allows predictions of pathways and rates of oil degradation, and thus, forecasting recovery pathways in future oil spills. Specific objectives are to: (1) Determine microbial community structure and succession associated with petroleum hydrocarbons buried in sub-, inter- and supratidal coastal sands; (2) Quantitatively link supply rates of oxygen and nutrients to microbial oil degradation rates and community structure in these sands; (3) Develop a model using a systems approach that incorporates microbiological, genomics, biogeochemical and transport data to predict decomposition rates of buried oil in beach sands; (4) Organize a workshop for disseminating our models and associated bioinformatics tools.

Project Contact

Project Partners


Affiliated Institutions

Georgia Institute of Technology

Project ID: 501
Project Name: A systems approach to improve predictions of biodegradation and ecosystem recovery in coastal marine sediments impacted by oil spill
SourceUID: 278
Latitude: 30.446227
Longitude: -84.299273
Country: United States of America
State or Province: FL, GA
County: Unknown Multiple Counties,
Project Category: Science
Project Action: Chemical Aspects Research
Additional Project Action(s):
Additional Project Action(s):
Targeted Resource(s): Human and/or Institutional Capacity
Targeted Resource(s): Petroleum
Targeted Resource(s): Microbial Communities
Anticipated Project Completion Year: 2018
Implementing Organization: Florida State University
Implementing Organization Type: Academic
Point of Contact – Name: Markus Huettel
Point of Contact – Phone: mhuettel@fsu.edu
Point of Contact – Email: None
Other Partners: None
Affiliated Institutions: Georgia Institute of Technology
Link: http://research.gulfresearchinitiative.org/research-awards/projects/?pid=278
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): 1010250
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 : 1010250
DWH Source: BP
Fund Origin: Voluntary Agreement
Controlling Documents: GOMRI Master Research Agreement
Award Year: 2016
Award Month: 1
Total Amount Leveraged: 0