Contaminants wash into estuaries where they bind to fine particles and become stored in the sediment. This sink of contaminants poses a threat to organisms during sediment resuspension.
CORE SEDIMENT BACTERIA DRIVE COMMUNITY RESPONSE TO ANTHROPOGENIC CONTAMINATION OVER MULTIPLE ENVIRONMENTAL GRADIENTS
Sun, M. Y., Dafforn, K. A., Johnston, E. L., & Brown, M. V. (2013).
Environmental microbiology, 15(9), 2517-2531.
454 pyrosequencing of the 16S rRNA gene was used to investigate sediment bacterial community response to contaminant disturbance across six estuaries with differing levels of 'modification'...
BACTERIAL COMMUNITIES ARE SENSITIVE INDICATORS OF CONTAMINANT STRESS
Sun, M. Y., Dafforn, K. A., Brown, M. V., & Johnston, E. L. (2012).
Marine Pollution Bulletin, 64(5), 1029-1038.
With many environments worldwide experiencing at least some degree of anthropogenic modification, there is great urgency to identify sensitive indicators of ecosystem stress...