- Analytical support and oil fate and transformation. Principal Investigator: Edward B. Overton.
- Oil transport, distribution and fate modeling + model support. Principal Investigators: Dubravko Justić, Haosheng Huang.
- Geomorphological framework and the consequences of oiling. Principal Investigators: R. Eugene Turner, Guilio Mariotti, Michael Kearney, Ramesh Shresna.
- Phytoplankton community in marsh and open water. Principal Investigators: Michael Parsons, Nancy Rabalais, R. Eugene Turner, Mark Besonen.