Investigation of Mechanisms for Reproductive Failure in the Aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill to Understand Population Recovery Scenarios for Cetaceans


Project Overview

Implementing Organization
National Marine Mammal Foundation

DWH Project Funding

0

Known Leveraged Funding

0

Funding Organization

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI)

Funding Program

GoMRI RFP-V: Investigator Grant

Project Location: Multiple States

Funding Source: BP
Controlling Document: GOMRI Master Research Agreement
Year Awarded: 2016

Project Details

Project Category

Project Actions

Environmental Research

Targeted Resources

Human and / or Institutional Capacity
Marine Mammals

Project Description

In the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) catastrophe, impacts to bottlenose dolphins in heavily oiled coastal areas of the northern Gulf of Mexico were well documented. The goal of this project is to investigate direct and indirect factors involved in the reproductive impairment observed in bottlenose dolphins following the DWH oil spill in order to better understand the process for population recovery. This research project will adapt and test cutting edge medical technologies for evaluating potential reproductive system disorders and then integrate those technologies for dolphin capture-release field studies in Barataria Bay. Paired studies using the Barataria Bay and Navy dolphin populations will provide a mechanism to refine and validate new and innovative diagnostics and lend additional insight into the progression of disease that increases the risk of a negative reproductive outcome.

Project Contact

Project Partners

None

Affiliated Institutions

Auburn University, Chicago Zoological Society, Jardon and Howard Technologies, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), University of Connecticut, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Project ID: 507
Project Name: Investigation of Mechanisms for Reproductive Failure in the Aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill to Understand Population Recovery Scenarios for Cetaceans
SourceUID: 274
Latitude: 32.719372
Longitude: -117.221184
Country: United States of America
State or Province: AL, CA, CT, DC, FL, IL, LA
County:
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): Marine Mammals
Targeted Resource(s):
Anticipated Project Completion Year: 2018
Implementing Organization: National Marine Mammal Foundation
Implementing Organization Type: State
Point of Contact – Name: Cynthia R. Smith
Point of Contact – Phone: cynthia.smith@nmmf.org
Point of Contact – Email: None
Other Partners: None
Affiliated Institutions: Auburn University, Chicago Zoological Society, Jardon and Howard Technologies, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), University of Connecticut, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Link: http://research.gulfresearchinitiative.org/research-awards/projects/?pid=274
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: 0
Total Dollar Amount (from all funders): 2460920
DWH Funder: Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI)
DWH Funder Type: Private
DWH Funding Program: GoMRI RFP-V: Investigator Grant
DWH Dollar Amount : 2460920
DWH Source: BP
Fund Origin: Voluntary Agreement
Controlling Documents: GOMRI Master Research Agreement
Award Year: 2016
Award Month: 1
Total Amount Leveraged: 0
Completeness: P