Task 3: Marsh Organisms and Food Webs

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  • Pathways for crude oil into marsh organisms and food webs by using stable isotope measurements. Principal Investigators: Dr. R. Eugene Turner, Louisiana State University; Dr. Jill Olin, Postdoctoral Associate, Louisiana State University.
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  • Deployment of two WormCams next to contaminated and uncontaminated marsh sites in Terrebonne Bay to quantify organism/sediment interactions along with water quality. Principal Investigators: Dr. Kersey Sturdivant, Duke University; Dr. Nancy Rabalais, Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium.
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  • Understanding of ecology and distribution of marsh resident fish, effects of low-level toxicity on predator-prey interactions, and determination of optimal sample size (soil/plant interactions). Principal Investigators: Dr. Ken Able, Rutgers University Marine Field Station; Dr. Olaf Jensen, Rutgers University Marine Field Station; Dr. Joel Fodrie, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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  • Insect and arachnid species abundance, richness, turnover and life history traits to track long-term health of Spartina food webs. Principal Investigator: Dr. Linda Hooper-Bùi, Louisiana State University AgCenter.
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  • Seaside sparrow reproductive success, survival, and dispersal, altered predator-prey interactions, and incorporation of oil into food web. Principal Investigator: Dr. Sabrina Taylor, Louisiana State University AgCenter.
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  • Effects of oil on marsh macrofauna, changes in behavior with low toxicity levels. Principal Investigators: Dr. Nancy Rabalais, Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium; Dr. R. Eugene Turner, Louisiana State University.
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  • Long-term impacts of oil hydrocarbon on oysters in Barataria Bay. Principal Investigators: Dr. Jerome LaPeyre, Louisiana State University Ag Center; Dr. Ken Brown, Louisiana State University.
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  • Changes in commercial fisheries landings and effort in Barataria Bay from 1005-2012. Principal Investigator: Dr. R. Eugene Turner, Louisiana State University.
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