Assessing the Impact of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on the Diamondback Terrapin: a Top Carnivore and Keystone Species in the Salt Marshes of Alabama
University of Alabama at Birmingham
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Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI)
Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative GoMRI Grant Program
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The diamondback terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin) is a top carnivore and keystone species in salt marsh habitats throughout areas of the northern Gulf of Mexico that were impacted by the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Due to their ecology and physiology, the diamondback terrapin represents an optimal model for documenting the impact of oil contamination on a higher trophic level predator in the salt marsh.