Sci Total Environ 2021 Aug 20;784:147053. Epub 2021 Apr 20.
Department of Marine and Ecological Sciences, Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, FL, USA; Alabama Center for Ecological Resilience (ACER), Dauphin Island, Alabama, United States; School of Geosciences, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL 33620, USA. Electronic address:
Microphytobenthic communities play a significant role in nutrient modulation, sediment stabilization, and primary production in seagrass beds, which provide various ecosystem services. We hypothesized that microphytobenthic communities in sediments of chronically oil-exposed seagrass beds will exhibit increased resiliency to stressors associated with oil exposure as opposed to seagrass beds never exposed to oil spills. We prepared 14-liter seawater mesocosms, each containing a submersed macrophyte Ruppia maritima collected from the Chandeleur Islands, Louisiana, and Estero Bay, Florida. Read More