Long-term biological effects of petroleum residues on fiddler crabs in salt marshes

dc.contributor.author Culbertson, Jennifer B.
dc.contributor.author Valiela, Ivan
dc.contributor.author Peacock, Emily E.
dc.contributor.author Reddy, Christopher M.
dc.contributor.author Carter, Anna
dc.contributor.author VanderKruik, Rachel
dc.date.accessioned 2007-09-27T12:44:00Z
dc.date.available 2007-09-27T12:44:00Z
dc.date.issued 2007
dc.description Author Posting. © The Author(s), 2007. This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here by permission of Elsevier B.V. for personal use, not for redistribution. The definitive version was published in Marine Pollution Bulletin 54 (2007): 955-962, doi:10.1016/j.marpolbul.2007.02.015. en
dc.description.abstract In September 1969,the Florida barge spilled 700,000 L of No. 2 fuel oil into the salt marsh sediments of Wild Harbor (Buzzards Bay, MA). Today the aboveground environment appears unaffected, but a substantial amount of moderately degraded petroleum still remains 8 to 20 cm below the surface. The salt marsh fiddler crabs, Uca pugnax, which burrow into the sediments at depths of 5 to 25 cm, are chronically exposed to the spilled oil. Behavioral studies conducted with U. pugnax from Wild Harbor and a control site, Great Sippewissett marsh, found that crabs exposed to the oil avoided burrowing into oiled layers, suffered delayed escape responses, lowered feeding rates, and lower densities. The oil residues are therefore biologically active and affect U. pugnax populations. Our results add new knowledge about long-term consequences of spilled oil, a dimension that should be included when assessing oil-impacted areas and developing management plans designed to restore, rehabilitate, or replace impacted areas. en
dc.description.sponsorship This work was funded by a grant from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Sea Grant Program, under grants from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, under Grant No. NA16RG2273, project no. R/P-73. Additional support was provided by funding from the NSF funded Research Experience for Undergraduates program, award 0453292, an Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award (N00014-04-01-0029) to C. Reddy, and an USEPA Science to Achieve Results Graduate Fellowship (FP91661801) to E. Peacock. en
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/1912/1802
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.relation.uri https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2007.02.015
dc.subject Oil pollution en
dc.subject Fiddler crabs en
dc.subject Salt marsh en
dc.subject No. 2 fuel oil en
dc.subject Florida en
dc.subject Petroleum hydrocarbons en
dc.title Long-term biological effects of petroleum residues on fiddler crabs in salt marshes en
dc.type Preprint en
dspace.entity.type Publication
relation.isAuthorOfPublication 5d521bb6-552c-43f6-8396-d775f47416b6
relation.isAuthorOfPublication 3eb7f768-7865-4e7a-b52b-2e5ee05dd134
relation.isAuthorOfPublication 3f216881-e9dc-42e7-a27e-a6ce3fd2e6ea
relation.isAuthorOfPublication 4c035cf4-ff8f-41da-875e-dcc5a7bda4ca
relation.isAuthorOfPublication ed5450f2-3e95-440b-9de9-2a18a2798419
relation.isAuthorOfPublication 6043f22f-473d-4aad-ae1a-96348286a2a8
relation.isAuthorOfPublication.latestForDiscovery 5d521bb6-552c-43f6-8396-d775f47416b6
Original bundle
Now showing 1 - 1 of 1
Thumbnail Image
Culbertson et al. 2007-WHOAS.pdf
8.82 MB
Adobe Portable Document Format
License bundle
Now showing 1 - 1 of 1
No Thumbnail Available
1.97 KB
Item-specific license agreed upon to submission