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RFP-V: Investigator Grants

There were $38 million in grants awarded to individuals and teams studying the effects of oil on the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem and public health. A total of 22 research proposals are being funded under this most recent GoMRI program.

For additional information, read the GoMRI RFP V press release.


22 Projects

A Combined Analytical and Synthetic Approach Based on Line Narrowing Spectroscopy for Specific Isomer Determination of Petroleum Oil Spills

Principal Investigator: Andres Campiglia -- University of Central Florida, Department of Chemistry

A study of horse fly (Tabanidae) populations and their food web dynamics as indicators of the effects of environmental stress on coastal marsh health.

Principal Investigator: Lane Foil -- Louisiana State University Ag Center, Department of Entomology

A systems approach to improve predictions of biodegradation and ecosystem recovery in coastal marine sediments impacted by oil spill

Principal Investigator: Markus Huettel -- Florida State University, Department of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Science
Member Institutions: Florida State University, Georgia Institute of Technology

Avoiding Surprises: understanding the impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on the decision making behaviors of fishers and how this affects the assessment and management of commercially important fish species in the Gulf of Mexico using an agent-base

Principal Investigator: Steven Saul -- Arizona State University, Polytechnic Campus
Member Institutions: Arizona State University, Nova Southeastern University, University of Miami

Chemical evolution and plant-microbe degradation of petroleum in saline marsh plants and soils

Principal Investigator: Sunshine Van Bael -- Tulane University, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Member Institutions: Duke University, Louisiana State University, Lusher Charter High School, Tulane University

Deep-sea Risk Assessment and species sensitivity to WAF, CEWAF and Dispersant

Principal Investigator: Anthony Knap -- Texas A&M University, Geochemical and Environmental Research Group
Member Institutions: Nova Southeastern University, Texas A&M University

Genomic Responses to the Deepwater Horizon event and development of high-throughput biological assays for oil spills

Principal Investigator: W. Thomas -- University of New Hampshire, Hubbard Center for Genome Studies
Member Institutions: Northeastern University, Smithsonian Institution, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, University of California Riverside, University of New Hampshire

Influence of river induced fronts on hydrocarbon transport

Principal Investigator: Villy Kourafalou -- University of Miami, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science
Member Institutions: Norwegian Meteorological Institute, University of Miami, University of South Florida, Water Mapping, LLC

Investigation of Mechanisms for Reproductive Failure in the Aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill to Understand Population Recovery Scenarios for Cetaceans

Principal Investigator: Cynthia Smith -- National Marine Mammal Foundation (NMMF), Conservation Medicine
Member Institutions: Auburn University, Chicago Zoological Society, Jardon and Howard Technologies, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, National Marine Mammal Foundation (NMMF), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), University of Connecticut, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Investigation of Oil Spill Transport in a Coupled Wind-Wave Current Environment Using Simulation and Laboratory Studies

Principal Investigator: William Drennan -- University of Miami, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science
Member Institutions: University of Miami, University of Minnesota

Long-Term Impact, Recovery and Resilience: Wetland plant-microbial-benthic ecosystem responses to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and mitigation strategies promoting sustainability

Principal Investigator: Qianxin Lin -- Louisiana State University, Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences
Member Institutions: Atkins North America, Inc., Louisiana State University, Nicholls State University

Molecular Engineering of Food-Grade Dispersants as Highly Efficient and Safe Materials for the Treatment of Oil Spills

Principal Investigator: Srinivasa Raghavan -- University of Maryland, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Member Institutions: Tulane University, University of Maryland, University of Minnesota, University of Rhode Island

Oil-Marine Snow-Mineral Aggregate Interactions and Sedimentation during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

Principal Investigator: Adrian Burd -- University of Georgia, Department of Marine Sciences
Member Institutions: University of California Santa Barbara, University of Georgia, University of South Florida

Role of Microbial Motility for Degradation of Dispersed Oil

Principal Investigator: Jacinta Conrad -- University of Houston, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Member Institutions: Purdue University, University of California San Diego, University of Florida, University of Houston, University of Virginia

The Design of Synergistic Dispersant and Herding Systems using Tubular Clay Structures and Gel Phase Materials

Principal Investigator: Vijay John -- Tulane University, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Member Institutions: Louisiana State University, Louisiana Tech University, Tulane University

The State-of-the-Art Unraveling of the Biotic and Abiotic Chemical Evolution of Macondo Oil: 2010-2018.

Principal Investigator: Ryan Rodgers -- Florida State University, National High Magnetic Field Laboratory
Member Institutions: Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, Florida State University, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Three-Dimensional Gulf Circulation and Biogeochemical Processes Unveiled by State-of-the-Art Profiling Float Technology and Data Assimilative Ocean Models

Principal Investigator: Lynn Shay -- University of Miami, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science
Member Institutions: Dalhousie University, North Carolina State University, Teledyne Webb Research, University of Miami

Toxicological Properties of Specific Aromatic Hydrocarbons Isolated from Fresh and Aged Crude Oil from the Deepwater Horizon Spill

Principal Investigator: Charles Miller -- Tulane University, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
Member Institutions: Louisiana State University, Tulane University

Transport and fate of oil in the upper ocean: Studying and modeling multi-scale physical dispersion mechanisms and remediation strategies using Large Eddy Simulation

Principal Investigator: Charles Meneveau -- Johns Hopkins University, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Member Institutions: Johns Hopkins University, Pennsylvania State University, University of California Los Angeles, University of Houston

Understanding How the Complex Topography of the Deepwater Gulf of Mexico Influences Water-column Mixing Processes and the Vertical and Horizontal Distribution of Oil and Gas after a Blowout

Principal Investigator: Kurt Polzin -- Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Physical Oceanography Department
Member Institutions: Texas A&M University, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Understanding Resilience Attributes for Children, Youth, and Communities in the Wake of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

Principal Investigator: Tim Slack -- Louisiana State University, Department of Sociology
Member Institutions: Columbia University, Louisiana State University

Vertical upwelling and bottom-boundary layer dispersal at a natural seep site

Principal Investigator: Daniela Di Iorio -- University of Georgia, Department of Marine Sciences
Member Institutions: Columbia University, University of Georgia