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Press Release 10-133

Gulf Oil Spill: NSF Funds Research on Impacts to Florida Everglades

Extensive seagrass beds, mangrove forests to be studied

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Photo of the Florida Everglades.

NSF has awarded a Gulf oil spill rapid response grant to study the Florida Everglades.

Credit: National Park Service


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Photo of a dense seagrass meadow on the western edge of Florida Bay.

Dense seagrass meadows on the western edge of Florida Bay support many aquatic animals.

Credit: Justin Campbell


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Photo of a tidal creek lined with the roots of red mangroves.

Small tidal creeks lined with the roots of red mangroves are especially vulnerable to oil spills.

Credit: Steve Davis


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Photo of researchers Bryan Delius and Derek Burkholder taking a small sample from a bull shark.

Researchers Bryan Delius and Derek Burkholder take a small sample from a bull shark.

Credit: Mike Heithaus


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Photo of biologist Bill Loftus holding a snook, a highly-prized game fish of the mangrove forest.

Biologist Bill Loftus with a snook, a highly-prized game fish of the mangrove forest.

Credit: Jennifer Rehage


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Photo of scientist Adam Rosenblatt holding a young American alligator.

Scientist Adam Rosenblatt holding a young American alligator, a top mangrove forest predator.

Credit: Rand Rosenblatt


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