Grant: $101,822 - National Science Foundation - Aug. 14, 2009
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Award Description: Collaborative Research: Persistent organic pollutants in the Antarctic marine food web: Impact of climate change and insights into the feeding ecology of apex predators.The overall goal of this project is to use chemical signals in Antarctic marine organisms to: (a) trace the movement of persistent organic pollutants stored in glacier ice into the Antarctic marine food web, and (b) provide insight into the dietary preferences and feeding ecology of Antarctic seabirds and marine mammals. This goal will be achieved through a fully coordinated and collaborative research effort by U.S. and Swedish scientists that will generate intercalibrated chemical data for a variety of Antarctic marine organisms ranging in trophic level from phytoplankton to top predators (seabirds, seals, and whales). Deliverables: Concentrations of different organic pollutants in sediment and biota, and an interpretation of the results.
Project Description: Project description - The overall goal is to determine concentrations of different persistent organic pollutants in sediments and sediment-dwelling organisms from the Antarctic. Results will be used to better understand the long-range transport of organic pollutants, and their transfer to the sedimentary food-chain. Deliverables: Concentrations of different organic pollutants in sediment and biota, and an interpretation of the results. Quarterly activity: Transfer of samples to URI and training of student in trace organic analysis.
Jobs Summary: 1 graduate student position retained - duties are performing research under PI guidance (Total jobs reported: 1)
Project Status: Less Than 50% Completed
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