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Sean Powers

University of South Alabama

Department of Marine Sciences

Life Sciences Building Room 25
Mobile, AL  36688  

spowers@disl.org

Project List:

Alabama Center for Ecological Resilience (ACER)

Year 5-7 Consortia Grants (RFP-IV)Role: Co-Principal Investigator, Task Lead

Floating Sargassum Communities of the Gulf of Mexico: Data Collection for the Continued Assessment of Associated Faunal Assemblages, Trophic Interations and Habitat Function in the Wake of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

Bridge Grants (RFP-III)Role: Co-Principal Investigator

Impacts of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Releases on the Functional Integrity of Salt Marshes and Seagrass Meadows and Associated Fauna

Year One Block Grant - The Alabama Marine Environmental Science ConsortiumRole: Co-Principal Investigator

Improving Deepwater Horizon Risk Assessment for Large Pelagic Rays: Global Scale Positioning Via Satellite Telemetry

Year One Block Grant - The Alabama Marine Environmental Science ConsortiumRole: Principal Investigator

Investigating the Fisheries Impacts of the Deepwater Horizon Disaster through Socioeconomic Surveys

Year One Block Grant - The Alabama Marine Environmental Science ConsortiumRole: Principal Investigator, Project Data Point of Contact

Recovery: Plankton

Year One Block Grant - The Alabama Marine Environmental Science ConsortiumRole: Task Lead, Task Data Contact

Impacts of the Deep Horizon Accident on Food Web Structure in the North Central Gulf of Mexico

Year One Block Grant - The Northern Gulf InstituteRole: Project Data Point of Contact

Impacts of the Deep Horizon Oil Spill on Ecosystem Structure and Function in Alabama's Marine Waters

Year One Block Grant - The Northern Gulf InstituteRole: Co-Principal Investigator, Task Lead

Publications & Presentations:

Journal Articles - 4

2016

Hu, C., Hardy, R., Ruder, E., Geggel, A., Feng, L., Powers, S., et al. (2016). Sargassum coverage in the northeastern Gulf of Mexico during 2010 from Landsat and airborne observations: Implications for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill impact assessment. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 107(1), 15–21.
Pennings, S. C., Zengel, S., Oehrig, J., Alber, M., Bishop, T. D., Deis, D. R., et al. (2016). Marine ecoregion andDeepwater Horizonoil spill affect recruitment and population structure of a salt marsh snail. Ecosphere, 7(12), e01588.

2013

Powers, S. P., Hernandez, F. J., Condon, R. H., Drymon, J. M., Free, C. M., & Moustafa, A. (2013). Novel Pathways for Injury from Offshore Oil Spills: Direct, Sublethal and Indirect Effects of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on Pelagic Sargassum Communities. PLoS ONE, 8(9), e74802.

2012

Peterson, C. H., Anderson, S. S., Cherr, G. N., Ambrose, R. F., Anghera, S., Bay, S., et al. (2012). A Tale of Two Spills: Novel Science and Policy Implications of an Emerging New Oil Spill Model. BioScience, 62(5), 461–469.

Conference Presentations - 8

2017

Schrandt, M., & Powers, S. (2017). The role of eastern oyster genetic diversity in response to oil spills and associated clean-up activities. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2017. New Orleans, LA : 02/06/17-02/09/17: Poster.

2016

Valentine, J. F., Martin, C. W., Drymon, M., Spearman, T., & Powers, S. P. (2016). Analysis of Long-term Datasets indicates Heterogeneous Impacts Resulting from the DwH Accident on Nekton in the northcentral Gulf of Mexico. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2016. Tampa, FL : 02/01/16-02/04/16: Poster.
Valentine, J. F., Martin, C. W., Drymon, M., Spearman, T., & Powers, S. P. (2016). Analysis of Long-term Datasets indicates Heterogeneous Impacts Resulting from the DwH Accident on Nekton in the northcentral Gulf of Mexico. In Benthic Ecology Meeting. Portland, ME : 03/16/16-03/29/16: Poster.

2013

Ajemian, M., & Powers, S. (2013). Rays at risk? Distribution of benthopelagic rays along the Mississippi-Alabama shelf relative to offshore structures. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2013. New Orleans, LA: 01/21/2013-01/23/2013.

2011

Moody, R. M., Kerner, S., Biermann, L., Howard, J., Cebrian, J., Heck, K., et al. (2011). Temporal dynamics of nekton abundance in coastal fringing marshes: Impact of the oil spill? In Benthic Ecology Annual Meeting 2011. Mobile, AL : 03/16/11-03/20/11.
Moody, R. M., Kerner, S., Biermann, L., Howard, J., Cebrian, J., Heck, K. L., et al. (2011). Temporal dynamics of nekton abundance in a coastal fringing marsh: Impact of the oil? In Alabama Fisheries Association Annual Meeting. Mobile, AL, February 2-4, 2011: Poster.
Schlenker, L., Gregalis, K., Drymon, M., & Powers, S. (2011). Multiple Gear Fisheries Independent Assessment of the Red Snapper Population in Alabama's Reef Permit Zone. In Benthic Ecology Annual Meeting 2011. Mobile, AL : 03/16/11-03/20/11.

2010

Gregalis, K., Powers, S., Drymon, M., & Mareska, J. (2010). Fisheries independent sampling program in the northern Gulf of Mexico: Alabama's reef permit zone. In Mississippi-Alabama Bays and Bayous Symposium. Mobile, AL, December 1, 2010.