Wednesday, 29 August 2012 19:31
Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative
On August 10, 2012, the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) announced that it has approved funding for 19 grants that will support studies of the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on the Gulf of Mexico. Roughly $20 million will be awarded to over the next three years. GoMRI has now awarded more than $130 million of the $500 million that BP committed to independent research into the effects of Deepwater Horizon. The research proposals being funded were submitted in response to the GoMRI’s RFP-II initiative. This program funds research with defined goals within at least one of the following five themes: (1) physical distribution, dispersion, and dilution of petroleum (oil and gas), its constituents, and associated contaminants under the action of physical oceanographic processes, air-sea interactions, and tropical storms; (2) chemical evolution and biological degradation of the petroleum/dispersant systems and subsequent interaction with coastal, open-ocean, and deepwater ecosystems; (3) environmental effects of the petroleum/dispersant system on the sea floor, water column, coastal waters, beach sediments, wetlands, marshes, and organisms, and the science of ecosystem recovery; (4) technology developments for improved response, mitigation, detection, characterization, and remediation associated with oil spills and gas releases; and (5) impact of oil spills on public health. For more information about GoMRI and to view a full list of funding recipients, click here.
Friday, 20 July 2012 00:00
The Florida State University Coastal and Marine Laboratory seeks a Quantitative Ecologist to contribute to an ecosystem-based food web model. The work will focus on developing a spatially-explicit 3-D marine food web model. The overall model contains sub-models for food-web interactions among species, habitat availability, nutrient loading, biomagnification of pollutants, and other chemical and biophysical features crucial for ecosystem functioning, with submodel contributions from others on hydrographic processes, and chemical and biological factors that influence primary productivity. The model is intended to evaluate ecological, social, and economic questions relevant to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and other extreme events that influence ecosystem health.