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Irving A. Mendelssohn

Louisiana State University

Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences

School of the Coast and Environment
1002-Y Energy, Coast and Environment Building
Baton Rouge , LA  70803  

imendel@lsu.edu

Project List:

Accelerating Recovery after the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Response of the Plant-Microbial-Benthic Ecosystem to Mitigation Strategies Promoting Wetland Remediation and Resilience

Year 3-5 Investigator Grants (RFP-II)Role: Principal Investigator, Project Data Point of Contact

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Impacts and Recovery in Louisiana Coastal Wetlands: Long-Term Effects on Plant-Soil-Benthic Systems

Year One Block Grant - Louisiana State UniversityRole: Co-Principal Investigator

Fates and Effects of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on the Ecological Structure and Function of Coastal Wetland Ecosystems

Year One Block Grant - Louisiana State UniversityRole: Co-Principal Investigator

Macondo 252 Oil Spill Impacts in Louisiana Coastal Wetlands: Effects on Soil-Microbial-Plant Systems

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

Publications & Presentations:

Journal Articles - 6

2016

Chen, H., Hou, A., Corilo, Y. E., Lin, Q., Lu, J., Mendelssohn, I. A., et al. (2016). 4 Years after the Deepwater Horizon Spill: Molecular Transformation of Macondo Well Oil in Louisiana Salt Marsh Sediments Revealed by FT-ICR Mass Spectrometry. Environ. Sci. Technol., 50(17), 9061–9069.
Lin, Q., Mendelssohn, I. A., Graham, S. A., Hou, A., Fleeger, J. W., & Deis, D. R. (2016). Response of salt marshes to oiling from the Deepwater Horizon spill: Implications for plant growth, soil surface-erosion, and shoreline stability. Science of The Total Environment, 557-558, 369–377.

2015

Fleeger, J., Carman, K., Riggio, M., Mendelssohn, I., Lin, Q., Hou, A., et al. (2015). Recovery of salt marsh benthic microalgae and meiofauna following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill linked to recovery of Spartina alterniflora. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser., 536, 39–54.

2014

Judy, C. R., Graham, S. A., Lin, Q., Hou, A., & Mendelssohn, I. A. (2014). Impacts of Macondo oil from Deepwater Horizon spill on the growth response of the common reed Phragmites australis: A mesocosm study. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 79(1-2), 69–76.

2012

Lin, Q., & Mendelssohn, I. A. (2012). Impacts and Recovery of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on Vegetation Structure and Function of Coastal Salt Marshes in the Northern Gulf of Mexico. Environmental Science & Technology, 46(7), 3737–3743.
Mendelssohn, I. A., Anderson, G. L., Baltz, D. A., Caffey, R. H., Fleeger, J. W., Joye, S. B., et al. (2012). Oil Impacts on Coastal Wetlands: Implications for the Mississippi River Delta Ecosystem after the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. BioScience, 62(6), 562–574.

Conference Presentations - 35

2016

Cagle, G., Song, Y., Lin, Q., Mendelssohn, I. A., Fleeger, J., Dies, D., et al. (2016). The effects of planting and fertilization on native soil microbial community in Louisiana coastal marshes affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. In Gulf Estuarine Research Society Fall 2016 Meeting. Pensacola Beach, FL : 11/03/16-11/05/16: Poster.
Deis, D. R., Bourgoin, S. M., Mendelssohn, I. A., Lin, Q., Hou, A., & and Fleeger, J. (2016). Analysis of marsh loss and erosion with Northern Barataria Bay, Louisiana: the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2016. Tampa, FL : 02/01/16-02/04/16: Poster.
Deis, D. R., Fleeger, J. W., Bourgoin, S. M., Mendelssohn, I. A., Lin, Q., & Hou, A. (2016). Analysis of Marsh Loss and Erosion within Northern Barataria Bay, Louisiana: The Effects of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. In 8th National Summit on Coastal and Estuarine Restoration. New Orleans, LA : 12/10/16-12/15/16.
Deis, D. R., Fleeger, J. W., Bourgoin, S. M., Mendelssohn, I. A., Lin, Q., & Hou, A. (2016). Long-term Effects of Shoreline Oiling in Salt Marsh Macroinvertebrates. In 8th National Summit on Coastal and Estuarine Restoration. New Orleans, LA : 12/10/16-12/15/16.
Fleeger, J. W., Mendelssohn, I. A., Lin, Q., Hou, A., & Deis, D. R. (2016). Benthic Responses to Saltmarsh Remediation Following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. In 16th International Meiofauna Conference. Heraklion, Greece : 07/03/16-07/08/16: Poster.
Fleeger, J. W., Mendelssohn, I. A., Lin, Q., Hou, A., & Deis, D. R. (2016). Recovery of Salt Marsh Benthic Microalgae and Meiofauna Following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Linked to Recovery of Spartina alterniflora. In 8th National Summit on Coastal and Estuarine Restoration. New Orleans, LA : 12/10/16-12/15/16.
Fleeger, J. W., Mendelssohn, I. A., Lin, Q., Hou, A., & Deis, D. R. (2016). Recovery of the Saltmarsh Meiofauna Following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. In 16th International Meiofauna Conference. Heraklion, Greece : 07/03/16-07/08/16.
Hou, A., Lin, Q., Mendelssohn, I. A., Graham, S., Fleeger, J. W., & Deis, D. R. (2016). Responses of Indigenous Microbial Communities to the Deep Water Horizon Oil Spill in Louisiana Saltmarshes: a 5-Year Study. In 8th National Summit on Coastal and Estuarine Restoration. New Orleans, LA : 12/10/16-12/15/16.
Lin, Q., Mendelssohn, I. A., Graham, S., Fleeger, J. W., Hou, A., & Deis, D. R. (2016). Long-term Response of Coastal Salt Marsh Vegetation to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2016. Tampa, FL : 02/01/16-02/04/16: Poster.
Lin, Q., Mendelssohn, I. A., Graham, S., Fleeger, J. W., Hou, A., & Deis, D. R. (2016). Vegetation Recovery of Coastal Salt Marshes Impacted by the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. In 8th National Summit on Coastal and Estuarine Restoration. New Orleans, LA : 12/10/16-12/15/16.

2015

Ackoury, K. N., Hess, C., Mendelssohn, I. A., Lin, Q., Fleeger, J. W., Deis, D. R., et al. (2015). Temporal changes of oil-degrading bacteria in Louisiana salt marsh sediments after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2015. Houston, TX : 02/16/15-02/19/15.
Bourgoin, S. M., Deis, D. R., Mendelssohn, I. A., Lin, Q., Hou, A., & Fleeger, J. (2015). Analysis of marsh loss and erosion within Northern Barataria Bay, Louisiana: the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2015. Houston, TX : 02/16/15-02/19/15: Poster.
Bourgoin, S. M., Deis, D. R., Mendelssohn, I. A., Lin, Q., Hou, A., & Fleeger, J. (2015). Analysis of marsh loss and erosion within Northern Barataria Bay, Louisiana: the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. In 2015 Southeastern Estuarine Research Society Annual Spring Meeting. Jacksonville, FL : 03/13/15-03/14/15: Poster.
Deis, D., Bourgoin, S., Mendelssohn, I., Lin, Q., Hou, Q., & Fleeger, J. (2015). Effects of Shoreline Oiling on Salt Marsh Macroinvertebrates 2012-2014. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2015. Houston, TX : 02/16/15-02/19/15.
Deis, D. R., Bourgoin, S. M., Mendelssohn, I. A., Lin, Q., Hou, A., & Fleeger, J. (2015). Effects of shoreline oiling on salt marsh macroinvertebrates 2012-2015. In Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation 2015. Portland, OR : 11/08/15-11/12/15.
Fleeger, J., Carman, K., Riggio, R., Mendelssohn, I., Lin, Q., Hou, A., et al. (2015). Recovery of the Saltmarsh Benthic Community Following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Linked to Recovery of Spartina alterniflora. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2015. Houston, TX : 02/16/15-02/19/15.
Lin, Q., Mendelssohn, I., Graham, S., Hou, A., Fleeger, J., & Deis, D. (2015). Recovery of structure, function and sustainability of coastal salt marshes impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in northern Barataria Bay. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2015. Houston, TX : 02/16/15-02/19/15: Poster.
Mendelssohn, I., Lin, Q., Hou, A., Fleeger, J., & Deis, D. (2015). Accelerating Recovery after the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Response of the plant-microbial-benthic ecosystem to mitigation strategies promoting wetland remediation and resilience. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2015. Houston, TX : 02/16/15-02/19/15: Poster.

2014

Deis, D., Bourgoin, S., Mendelssohn, I., Lin, Q., Hou, A., & Fleeger, J. (2014). Accelerating recovery after the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Response of the macroinvertebrate communities to shoreline oiling effects. In National Association of Environmental Professionals 39th Annual Conference. St. Petersburg, FL - 04/07/14 - 04/10/14: Poster.
Deis, D., Bourgoin, S., Mendelssohn, I., Lin, Q., Hou, A., & Fleeger, J. (2014). Accelerating recovery after the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Response of the macroinvertebrate communities to shoreline oiling effects. In Conference on Ecological and Ecosystem Restoration. New Orleans, LA : 07/28/14 -08/01/14: Poster.
Fleeger, J. W., Carman, K. R., Riggio, M. R., Mendelssohn, I. A., Lin, Q., Hou, A., et al. (2014). Effects of and recovery from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on the saltmarsh benthic community. In US-China International Workshop on Key Processes and Regulation of Wetland Ecosystem. Baton Rouge, LA : 11/10/14 -11/12/14.
Hou, A., Mendelssohn, I., Lin, Q., Fleeger, J., & Deis, D. (2014). Responses of indigenous microbial communities to oil contamination in Louisiana saltmarsh sediments. In US-China International Workshop on Key Processes and Regulation of Wetland Ecosystem. Baton Rouge, LA : 11/10/14 -11/12/14.
Lin, Q., Mendelssohn, I., Hou, A., Fleeger, J., & Deis, D. (2014). Long-term Recovery of Ecological Structure and Function of Deepwater Horizon Oil-Impacted Coastal Marshes in Northern Barataria Bay. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2014. Mobile, AL: 01/26/14-01/30/14: Poster.
Lin, Q., Mendelssohn, I., Hou, A., Fleeger, J., & Deis, D. (2014). Long-term Recovery of Structure and Function of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Impacted Louisiana Coastal Salt Marshe. In US-China International Workshop on Key Processes and Regulation of Wetland Ecosystem. Baton Rouge, LA : 11/10/14 -11/12/14.
Mendelssohn, I., Lin, Q., Hou, A., Carman, K., Fleeger, J., & Deis, D. (2014). Accelerating Recovery after the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Response of the plant-microbial-benthic ecosystem to mitigation strategies promoting wetland remediation and resilience. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2014. Mobile, AL: 01/26/14-01/30/14: Poster.
Mendelssohn, I., Lin, Q., Hou, A., Fleeger, J., & Deis, D. (2014). The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Response and recovery of Coastal Marshes. In Goldschmidt Geochemistry Conference. Sacramento, CA : 6/8/14 -6/12/14.

2013

Fleeger, J., Carman, K., Riggio, M., Mendelssohn, I., Lin, Q., & Hou, A. (2013). Response of saltmarsh meiofauna to the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. In International Meiofauna Conference in Korea. Ansan, South Korea : 07/15/2013-07/26/13.
Hou, A., Bhattacharyya, M., Ackoury, K., Navarre, L., Zhou, J., Lin, Q., et al. (2013). Impacts of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on Soil Microbial Communities of Salt Marsh in the Northern Gulf of Mexico. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2013. New Orleans, LA: 01/21/2013-01/23/2013.
Lin, Q., & Mendelssohn, I. (2013). Recovery of Ecological Structure and Function of Coastal Marshes Impacted by the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2013. New Orleans, LA: 01/21/2013-01/23/2013.
Mendelssohn, I. A., Lin, Q., Hou, A., Carman, K. R., Fleeger, J. W., & Deis, D. R. (2013). Accelerating Recovery after the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Response of the plant-microbial-benthic ecosystem to mitigation strategies promoting wetland remediation and resilience. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2013. New Orleans, LA: 01/21/2013-01/23/2013: Poster.

2012

Lin, Q., & Mendelssohn, I. (2012). Impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and recovery of structure and function in coastal salt marshes. In INTECOL International Wetlands Conference. Orlando, FL, June 3-9, 2012.

2011

Lin, Q., & Mendelssohn, I. (2011). Effects of Deepwater Horizon oil spill on coastal salt marshes. In Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) Meeting. Pensacola, FL, April 26-28, 2011.
Mendelssohn, I., & Lin, Q. (2011). The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: The Bad News – Good News for Wetlands. In Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) Meeting. Pensacola, FL, April 26-28, 2011.
Mendelssohn, I., Lin, q., Hou, A., Carman, K., Fleeger, J., Zengel, S., et al. (2011). The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Impacts to Coastal Wetland Vegetation. In Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation Conference. Daytona Beach, Daytona Beach, FL, November 6-10, 2011.
Mendelssohn, I. A., Carman, K. R., Fleeger, J. W., Lin, Q., Hou, A., Fleeger, J., et al. (2011). The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Impacts to Coastal Wetland Vegetation. In Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation Conference. Daytona Beach, FL, November 6-10, 2011.