Florida Institute of Oceanography


FIO Block Award – GRI Year 1 Funds

In April 2010, BP pledged $500 million for scientific research to assess and monitor the health and response of the Gulf of Mexico over the ten years following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. FIO received a block grant of $10 million in the first year. This rapid-release award was used to fund 27 projects identified from a peer-review proposal process.

In total, these projects involved 91 investigators and over 45 students and 15 post-doctoral research associates from over 30 institutions. These funds are part of the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) Year 1 funds. Here are the final reports from the 27 funded projects.

Integrative Biodiversity Assessment of Coral-Sponge Communities

G. Paulay (UF)
Resolving Chemical Properties and Extent of Crude Oil Dispersant Distribution in the Oil Spill

R. Zika (U. Miami), D. Reimer (U. Miami)
Toxicity of Deepwater Horizon Oil and Dispersants on Florida's Reef Biota

P. Hallock-Muller (USF), J. Torres (USF)
Tracing the Intrusion of the GOM-2010 Oil Spill on Food Webs with Natural Abundance Radiocarbon and Stable Isotopes

J. Cherrier (FAMU), J. Chanton (FSU)
Trophic Dynamics and Ecosystem Changes within the SE FL Coastal Pelagic Fish Community

D. Kerstetter (NSU), J. Gelsleichter (UNF)
Uncoupling the Autotrophy and Heterotrophy- Effects of Oil Spill on Microbial Food Webs

W. Jeffrey (UWF), A. Chauhan (FAMU), J. Cherrier (FAMU)

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