Oil spill impacts

Photo: Oiled salt marsh in LA.

Photo: Dead marsh plants, with some recovery, LA.

Photo: Graduate student Brittany De Loach McCall sampling arthropod food web with vacuum sampler.

The BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010 was a major environmental disaster. My laboratory received RAPID funding from NSF to conduct a study of how oil affected salt marsh food webs, with an emphasis on arthropod food webs (insects and spiders). Samples were collected in 2010 and 2011.  A manuscript based on this work was recently published.


McCall, B. D., S. C. Pennings. 2012. Disturbance and recovery of salt marsh arthropod communities following BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. PLoS ONE 7 (3) e32735. DOI. 10.1371/journal.pone.0032735.

Updated 3/2012