Anthropogenic impacts and contaminant cycling in the Western Arctic Ocean

Growing interest for oil exploration and production in the Arctic Ocean has prompted the Minerals Management Service (MMS) to develop the Chukchi Sea Offshore Monitoring and Drilling Area (COMIDA) project. Under this new program, collaborative efforts with several university groups are being made to characterize the biota and chemistry at potential drilling sites in the Chukchi Sea. Our role in the COMIDA project is to evaluate the current sediment composition for anthropogenic and natural organic compounds using a suite of individual chemical structures including polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and aliphatic hydrocarbons. These will be combined with an array of other ecosystem measures to establish a baseline for future environmental studies.

 

Related Papers and Links

Taylor, K. A. and Harvey, H. R., 2012. Trophic linkages in Northern Neptune Whelks (Neptunea heros) of the Chukchi Sea Using Isotopic and Lipid Biomarkers. Ocean Sciences Meeting, 20-24 February, Salt Lake City, Utah. Poster Presentation

Harvey, H. R. and Taylor, K. A. 2011. Organic contaminant distributions and transfer in shelf sediments and biota of the Chukchi Sea: Results from the COMIDA program. AMSS, 17-21 January, Anchorage, AK. Poster Presentation

Taylor, K. A. and Harvey, H. R., 2011. COMIDA: Trophic patterns of lipids in the Chukchi shelf bentos. AMSS, 17-21 January, Anchorage, AK. Poster Presentation

Fink, H., Mitchelmore, C. L., Taylor, K.A. and Harvey, H. R. 2011. Biomarker assessment in Arctic cod, Boreogadus saida, from the Chukchi Sea: results from the COMIDA program. AMSS, 17-21 January, Anchorage, AK. Poster Presentation

Harvey, H.R. and Taylor, K. 2010, Organic contaminant distribution in shelf sediments and biota of the Chukchi Sea: Initial results from the COMIDA Program. AMSS, Jan 18th – 22nd, Anchorage, AK. Poster Presentation

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