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FIO Block Grant

BP awarded the Florida Institute of Oceanography (FIO) a $10 million research award. The initial research projects focused on collection of baseline water quality data from the Gulf's surface and its depths in areas not yet affected by the spill. Scientists also evaluated potential impacts of chemical dispersants as well as spilled oil on delicate coral reefs, fisheries and marine mammals. Twenty-seven projects were funded that included twenty-two institutions. FIO is a consortium of twenty public and private research centers in Florida, including the eleven state universities. The University of South Florida serves as the host institution for the consortium. For additional information, read the FIO press release.

For an overview of the FIO Block Grant research, see the FIO Research Presentation from the GoMRI Fall 2011 Meeting in New Orleans.

27 Projects

A Coordinated Modeling Approach in Support of Oil Spill Tracking

Principal Investigator: Robert Weisberg -- University of South Florida, College of Marine Science
Member Institutions: Florida State University, University of Miami, University of South Florida

Acute Effects of Oil on Northern Gulf of Mexico Reefs and Reef Communities

Principal Investigator: William Patterson -- University of West Florida, Department of Environmental Studies
Member Institutions: Florida A&M University, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), University of South Alabama, University of South Florida, University of West Florida

Assessing Impacts of Oil Exposure to Deep Sea Ecosystems of the Gulf of Mexico Using Sharks and Scavengers As Integrative Models

Principal Investigator: Michael Heithaus -- Florida International University, Marine Community Ecology and Behavioral Ecology
Member Institutions: Cape Eleuthera Institute, Florida International University, Florida State University, Mote Marine Laboratory , Nova Southeastern University, University of Massachusetts Amherst, University of North Florida, University of South Florida, Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Assessing the Concentration and the Molecular and Isotropic Composition of Deep sea Submerged Oils in the Northern Gulf of Mexico

Principal Investigator: David Hollander -- University of South Florida, College of Marine Science
Member Institutions: Pennsylvania State University, University of South Florida

Assessing the Impact of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on Coastal Waters of the Florida Panhandle: Water Sediments and Fish

Principal Investigator: Charles Jagoe -- Florida A&M University, Environmental Sciences Institute
Member Institutions: Florida A&M University, University of South Alabama, University of South Florida, University of West Florida, Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Assessing the Impact of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on Sediments and Benthic Communities on the West Florida Shelf and Slope

Principal Investigator: Benjamin Flower -- University of South Florida, College of Marine Science
Member Institutions: Eckerd College, Florida International University, Florida State University, Georgia Institute of Technology, University of South Florida

Assessment of Deepwater Fish Assemblages Associated with Desoto Canyons and Continental Slope Waters in the Eastern GOM

Principal Investigator: R. Grubbs -- Florida State University, Coastal and Marine Laboratory
Member Institutions: Cape Eleuthera Institute, Florida Atlantic University, Florida International University, Florida State University, Texas A&M University at Galveston, University of Florida, University of Massachusetts Amherst, University of North Florida, University of South Florida, Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Baseline and Oil Spill Impacted Marine Sponge Microbial Communities and Gene Expression Analysis with Metagenomics

Principal Investigator: Jose Lopez -- Nova Southeastern University, Department of Marine and Environmental Sciences
Member Institutions: Florida Atlantic University, Florida International University, Nova Southeastern University, Ocean Ridge Biosciences, The University of Chicago - Argonne National Laboratory, University of South Florida, Valdosta State University

Baseline for Impact Assessment of Zooplankton and Imaging Oil Droplet Detection on the West Florida Shelf

Principal Investigator: Kendra Daly -- University of South Florida, College of Marine Science
Member Institutions: Eckerd College, Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, University of Delaware, University of South Florida

Biodegradation of the Deepwater Horizon Oil in Florida Marsh Ecosystems and Exploration of Novel Passive Remediation Strategies

Principal Investigator: Andrew Zimmerman -- University of Florida, Department of Geological Sciences
Member Institutions: McMaster University, University of Florida, University of South Florida

Coast Watch: Remote Sensing and Verification Sampling of Oil Spill Impact on Florida Coast

Principal Investigator: Ian MacDonald -- Florida State University, Department of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Science
Member Institutions: Florida State University, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, University of South Florida, University of West Florida, Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Early Warning 4-D Remote Sensing System to Assess Synoptic Threats to Coastal Ecosystems of Florida and of Adjacent States and Nations

Principal Investigator: Frank Muller-Karger -- University of South Florida, College of Marine Science
Member Institutions: Bioplex Technologies, Inc., Florida Institute of Technology, Roffer's Ocean Fishing Forecasting Service, Inc. (ROFFS), University of Miami, University of South Florida, University of Southern Mississippi

Effects of a Major Oil Spill on Nektonic Assemblages of Salt Marshes and Adjacent SAV Habitats in Florida and Alabama

Principal Investigator: Richard Aronson -- Florida Institute of Technology, Department of Biological Sciences
Member Institutions: Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL), Florida Institute of Technology, University of South Alabama, University of South Florida

Effects of the BP Oil Spill on Diatoms, Nannoplankton, and Related Protists at the Base of the Food Chain in the NE Gulf of Mexico of the food chain in the NE Gulf of Mexico

Principal Investigator: Sherwood Wise -- Florida State University, Department of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Science
Member Institutions: Florida State University, University of South Florida, Valdosta State University

Effects of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on Epipelagic and Large Coastal Sharks and Teleosts of the Gulf of Mexico

Principal Investigator: Robert Hueter -- Mote Marine Laboratory , National Center for Shark Research
Member Institutions: Connecticut College, Florida Gulf Coast University, Florida International University, Mote Marine Laboratory , Northeastern University, Nova Southeastern University, University of Alabama at Birmingham, University of California San Diego, University of New Hampshire, University of North Florida, University of Rhode Island, University of South Florida, Wesleyan University

Impacts from MC252 Oil on Ecologically and Commercially Important Plankton of the Gulf of Mexico

Principal Investigator: Darren Rumbold -- Florida Gulf Coast University, Department of Marine and Ecological Sciences
Member Institutions: Centre of Documentation, Research and Experimentation on Accidental Water Pollution, Florida A&M University, Florida Gulf Coast University, University of South Florida

Impacts of the 2010 Deep Water Horizon Oil Spill on Estuarine Bottlenose Dolphin Populations in the West Florida Panhandle

Principal Investigator: Graham Worthy -- University of Central Florida, Department of Biology
Member Institutions: Chicago Zoological Society, Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, Michigan State University, University of Central Florida, University of South Florida

Integrative Biodiversity Assessment of Coral-Sponge Communities of W Florida Shelf: Establishing a Baseline for a Sensitive Ecosystem

Principal Investigator: Gustav Paulay -- University of Florida, Florida Museum of Natural History
Member Institutions: Florida State University, Nova Southeastern University, Old Dominion University, Smithsonian Institution, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Universidade Federal do Ceara Brazil, University of Florida, University of South Florida, Virginia Museum of Natural History

Molecular Diagnostics of Coral Exposed to Oil and Dispersants: A Holobiont Approach to Investigate Potential Effects on the Host Corals, Symbiotic Algae, and Mucus Associated Microbial Communities

Principal Investigator: Sara Edge -- Florida Atlantic University, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute
Member Institutions: Florida Atlantic University, Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, Georgia Institute of Technology, Mote Marine Laboratory , University of South Florida

Monitoring of the Coastal Pelagic Fish Complex for Assessing DWH-Related Trophic Changes and Contaminant Exposure

Principal Investigator: David Kerstetter -- Nova Southeastern University, Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography
Member Institutions: Nova Southeastern University, University of North Florida, University of South Florida

Penetration, Accumulation and Degradation of BP DWH Oil in Florida Sandy Beaches

Principal Investigator: Markus Huettel -- Florida State University, Department of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Science
Member Institutions: Eckerd College, Florida State University, Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of South Florida

Resolving Chemical Properties and Extent of Crude Oil and Dispersant Distribution in the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

Principal Investigator: Rod Zika -- University of Miami, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science
Member Institutions: University of California San Diego, University of Miami, University of South Florida

The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Assessing Impacts on a Critical Habitat, Oyster Reefs and Associated Species in Florida Gulf Estuaries

Principal Investigator: Edward Proffitt -- Florida Atlantic University, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute
Member Institutions: Florida Atlantic University, Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, Florida State University, The Citadel, University of South Florida

The Impact of Crude Oil and the Dispersant Corexit® on Three Key Gulf of Mexico Invertebrate Species

Principal Investigator: Susan Laramore -- Florida Atlantic University, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute
Member Institutions: Emory University, Florida Atlantic University, University of South Florida

Toxicity of Deepwater Horizon Oil and Dispersants on Florida's Reef Biota

Principal Investigator: Pamela Hallock-Muller -- University of South Florida, College of Marine Science

Tracing the Intrusion of the GOM-2010 Oil Spill on Coastal and Marine Food Webs Radiocarbon and Stable Isotope

Principal Investigator: Jeffrey Chanton -- Florida State University, Department of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Science
Member Institutions: Florida A&M University, Florida State University, University of South Florida, University of West Florida

Uncoupling of Autotrophy and Heterotrophy: Effects of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on Microbial Food Webs

Principal Investigator: Wade Jeffrey -- University of West Florida, Center for Environmental Diagnostics and Bioremediation
Member Institutions: Florida A&M University, University of South Florida, University of West Florida