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: 2016
Harmful algal blooms are one of the largest and longest-lasting environmental disruptions of the Gulf, routinely affecting ecosystem dynamics, economics, and human health. Iron introduced to coastal waters indirectly supports the growth of K. brevis, a common harmful alga. Dr. Jordon Beckler’s work focuses on developing autonomous instrumentation to measure previously unidentified introductions of iron to coastal waters. Dr. Beckler’s work will contribute to improved understanding of the influences on Gulf algal blooms.