By: Ed Overton , Louisiana State University
Much of the research following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill focused on offshore, deep-water ecosystems, but a group of scientists have been looking at the effects the spill had on coastal marshes – wetlands that have a long history of oil exploration, high rates of erosion and tropical storm activity. A panel of experts will present new information about how salt marshes in coastal Louisiana have responded to the spill. They will discuss the effects on different marsh species like insects and fish, and how the oil has behaved in these areas, including new information that could help scientists track this spill and others.