## Abstract

Benthic meiofauna samples from the northern Gulf of Mexico were collected with multi-corers on research cruises during 16 September - 30 October 2010, 23 May - 11 June 2011, and 29 May - 28 June 2014. Organisms were identified taxonomically and their abundance was determined. Taxonomic richness, diversity, and evenness of meiofauna, as well as nematode to copepod ratios were calculated at 34 stations for each of the three sampling times.

## Purpose

The analysis of benthic meiofauna in samples from 2010, 2011, and 2014 was conducted to determine how the Deepwater Horizon oil spill affected these communities over time.

## Keywords

meiofauna, abundance, richness, diversity, evenness, nematod to copepod ratio, continental slope

## UDI

R4.x267.000:0020

## Date

April 2017

## Point of Contact

## Name

Michael Reuscher

## Organization

Ecoanalysts, Inc.

## Name

Paul A. Montagna

## Organization

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi / The Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies

## Funding Source

RFP-4

## DOI

10.7266/N7765CDG

## Rights Information

This work is licensed under a
Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication 1.0 License.

## Scholar Commons Citation

Jeffrey Baguley. 2017. Temporal analysis of NRDA meiofauna data, northern Gulf of Mexico, 2010, 2011, and 2014. Distributed by: Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative Information and Data Cooperative (GRIIDC), Harte Research Institute, Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi. doi:10.7266/N7765CDG

## Comments

## Supplemental Information

Data worksheet: Treatment zone (TrTZone, impact or non-impact), Year sampled, Identifier for the Trt-Year cell (TrTZoneYear), Station name, Latitude (decimal degrees), Longitude (decimal degrees), Water depth (m), Distance from DWH wellhead (wellhead, km), Distance from nearest oil seep (seep, km), Impact zone based on Montagna et al. 2013 (Zone, 1 2 3 or 4), Richness (R, n taxa/sample), Abundance (nm2, n/m^2 to a depth of 3 cm), Log abundance (ln_nm2, Ln (n+1/m^2) to a depth of 10 cm), Nematode to Copepod ratio (NC, unitless), Diversity Shannon (Hprime, Hprime/sample), Diversity Hill N1 (N1, N1/sample), Evenness Pielou (jprime, Jprime/sample) Summary worksheet: Summary of the means and standard errors for the meiofauna metrics on the "Data" sheet MDS worksheet: Row identification number (ID), Treatment zone (TrTZone, impact or non-impact), Year sampled, Identifier for the Trt-Year cell, Station name, Latitude (decimal degrees), Longitude (decimal degrees), Water depth (m), Distance from DWH wellhead (wellhead, km), Distance from the nearest oil seep (Seep, km), Impact zone based on Montagna et al. 2013 (1, 2, 3 or 4), Nematoda (NEMA, n/m^2 to a depth of 3 cm), Copepoda+Cyclopoida+Harpacticoida+Harpacticoida Nauplii (COPE, n/m^2 to a depth of 3 cm), Kinorhyncha (KINO, n/m^2 to a depth of 3 cm), Polychaeta (POLY, n/m^2 to a depth of 3 cm), Ostracoda (OSTR, n/m^2 to a depth of 3 cm), Gastrotricha (GTRICHA, n/m^2 to a depth of 3 cm), Cnidaria (CNID, n/m^2 to a depth of 3 cm), Rotifera (ROTI, n/m^2 to a depth of 3 cm), Nemertea (NEMER, n/m^2 to a depth of 3 cm), Tardigrada (TARD, n/m^2 to a depth of 3 cm), Isopoda (ISOP, n/m^2 to a depth of 3 cm), Tanaidacea (TANA, n/m^2 to a depth of 3 cm), Cumacea (CUMA, n/m^2 to a depth of 3 cm), Bivalvia (BIVAL, n/m^2 to a depth of 3 cm), Gastropoda (GPOD, n/m^2 to a depth of 3 cm), Acari (mites) (ACARI, n/m^2 to a depth of 3 cm), Turbellaria (TURB, n/m^2 to a depth of 3 cm), Oligochaeta (OLIGO, n/m^2 to a depth of 3 cm), Sipuncula (SIPUN, n/m^2 to a depth of 3 cm), Amphipoda (AMPH, n/m^2 to a depth of 3 cm), Scaphopoda (SCAPH, n/m^2 to a depth of 3 cm), Aplacophora (APLAC, n/m^2 to a depth of 3 cm), Bryozoa (BRYO, n/m^2 to a depth of 3 cm), Loricifera (LORI, n/m^2 to a depth of 3 cm), Gnathostomulida (GNATH, n/m^2 to a depth of 3 cm), Priapulida (PRIAP, n/m^2 to a depth of 3 cm), Brachiopoda (BRACH, n/m^2 to a depth of 3 cm), Echinodermata (ECHINO, n/m^2 to a depth of 3 cm), Unidentified (UNID, n/m^2 to a depth of 3 cm) Sections worksheet: Treatment Zone (TrTZone, impact or non-impact), Year Sampled, Identifier for the Trt-Year cell, Station name, Latitude (decimal degrees), Longitude (decimal degrees), Water depth (m), Distance from DWH wellhead (wellhead, km), Distance from nearest oil seep (Seep, km), Impact zone based on Montagna et al. 2013 (1, 2, 3, or 4), Section depth (0-1 or 1-3 cm), Richness (R, n taxa/sample/section), Abundance (nm2, n/m^2 to section depth), Nematode to Copepod ratio (NC, unitless), Diversity Shannon (Hprime, Hprime/sample/section), Diversity Hill N1 (N1, N1/sample/section), Evenness Pielou (Jprime, Jprime/sample/section)|||||