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Research Article

Shifts in the Microbial Community Composition of Gulf Coast Beaches Following Beach Oiling

  • Ryan J. Newton,

    Affiliation: School of Freshwater Sciences, Great Lakes WATER Institute, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America

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  • Susan M. Huse,

    Affiliation: Josephine Bay Paul Center, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, Massachusetts, United States of America

    Current address: Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, United States of America

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  • Hilary G. Morrison,

    Affiliation: Josephine Bay Paul Center, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, Massachusetts, United States of America

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  • Colin S. Peake,

    Affiliation: School of Freshwater Sciences, Great Lakes WATER Institute, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America

    Current address: School of Natural Sciences, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska, United States of America

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  • Mitchell L. Sogin,

    Affiliation: Josephine Bay Paul Center, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, Massachusetts, United States of America

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  • Sandra L. McLellan mail

    mclellan@uwm.edu

    Affiliation: School of Freshwater Sciences, Great Lakes WATER Institute, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America

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  • Published: September 10, 2013
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0074265

About the Authors

Ryan J. Newton, Colin S. Peake, Sandra L. McLellan
School of Freshwater Sciences, Great Lakes WATER Institute, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America
Susan M. Huse, Hilary G. Morrison, Mitchell L. Sogin
Josephine Bay Paul Center, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, Massachusetts, United States of America

Corresponding Author

Email: mclellan@uwm.edu

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: RJN SLM CSP. Performed the experiments: RJN SMH HGM CSP. Analyzed the data: RJN CSP MLS SLM. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: SMH MLS SLM. Wrote the manuscript: RJN SMH HGM MLS SLM.