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NSU scientists receive BP money to research oil spill's impact
Date:8/23/2010

understand the effects of the Deepwater Horizon spill on their feeding habits and amount of contaminants in their tissue.

3) Measuring the current oil spill's impact on marine sponge and microbe communities. This study will use sophisticated DNA and microbial analysis to determine results.

4) Analysis of the coral-sponge communities of the West Florida shelf to establish current conditions and to evaluate changes as a result of the spill.

"Actions taken to abate the April 20 oil spill, such as using chemical dispersants to breakdown the oil, may have effectively submerged or dispersed the oil into Gulf of Mexico waters," said Lopez, who is studying sponges and microbe communities. "Therefore, filter feeding sponges can possibly behave as good barometers to detect the oil's impact on marine environments over time. "

Kerstetter, who is studying offshore fish communities, said his study is critical because almost nothing is known about the feeding ecology of this important group of fishes. Additionally, not much is known about how subtle changes in the availability of smaller prey species, which could be caused by the oil spill, might affect larger fishes that are a major part of Florida's fisheries.


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Contact: Ken Ma
ken.ma@nova.edu
954-830-4177
Nova Southeastern University
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