Assessing Impacts of Oil Exposure to Deep Sea Ecosystems of the Gulf of Mexico Using Sharks and Scavengers As Integrative Models


Project Overview

Implementing Organization
Florida International University

DWH Project Funding

0

Known Leveraged Funding

0

Funding Organization

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI)

Funding Program

GoMRI Year One Block Grant

Project Location: Multiple States

Funding Source: BP
Controlling Document: GOMRI Master Research Agreement
Year Awarded: 2010

Project Details

Project Category

Project Actions

Environmental Research

Targeted Resources

Human and / or Institutional Capacity
Fish / Fish Habitats
Dispersants

Project Description

The deep sea ecosystems of the Gulf of Mexico are likely to be negatively impacted by the Deepwater Horizon Spill due to the volume of oil released and the unprecedented use of dispersants at the surface and deep underwater. Because of the difficulty in accessing these ecosystems, assessing the impacts of the spill is difficult. However, by assessing the physiology, community structure, and trophic dynamics of a group of sentinel species it will be possible to establish ecosystem baselines and assess exposure to oil and its impacts.

Project Contact

Project Partners

None

Affiliated Institutions

Cape Eleuthera Institute, Florida State University, Mote Marine Laboratory , Nova Southeastern University, University of Massachusetts Amherst, University of North Florida, Virginia Institute of Marine Science


Project ID: 86
Project Name: Assessing Impacts of Oil Exposure to Deep Sea Ecosystems of the Gulf of Mexico Using Sharks and Scavengers As Integrative Models
SourceUID: 38
Latitude: 25.77022329
Longitude: -80.36649837
Country: United States of America
State or Province: FL, MA, VA
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): Fish / Fish Habitats
Targeted Resource(s): Dispersants
Anticipated Project Completion Year: 2012
Implementing Organization: Florida International University
Implementing Organization Type: State
Point of Contact – Name: Michael Heithaus
Point of Contact – Phone: heithaus@fiu.edu
Point of Contact – Email: 305-919-5234
Other Partners: None
Affiliated Institutions: Cape Eleuthera Institute, Florida State University, Mote Marine Laboratory , Nova Southeastern University, University of Massachusetts Amherst, University of North Florida, Virginia Institute of Marine Science
Link: http://research.gulfresearchinitiative.org/research-awards/projects/?pid=38
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): 281197
DWH Funder: Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI)
DWH Funder Type: Private
DWH Funding Program: GoMRI Year One Block Grant
DWH Dollar Amount : 281197
DWH Source: BP
Fund Origin: Voluntary Agreement
Controlling Documents: GOMRI Master Research Agreement
Award Year: 2010
Award Month: 10
Total Amount Leveraged: 0
Completeness: CA-PB