About the Authors

Frances M. Van Dolah

fran.vandolah@noaa.gov

Affiliation National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Charleston, South Carolina, United States of America

Marion G. Neely

Affiliation National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Charleston, South Carolina, United States of America

Lauren E. McGeorge

Affiliation National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Charleston, South Carolina, United States of America

Brian C. Balmer

Affiliation National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Charleston, South Carolina, United States of America

Gina M. Ylitalo

Affiliation Northwest Fisheries Science Center, National Marine Fisheries Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Seattle, Washington, United States of America

Eric S. Zolman

Affiliation National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Charleston, South Carolina, United States of America

Todd Speakman

Affiliation National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Charleston, South Carolina, United States of America

Carrie Sinclair

Affiliation Southeast Fisheries Science Center, National Marine Fisheries Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Pascagoula, Mississippi, United States of America

Nicholas M. Kellar

Affiliation Southwest Fisheries Science Center, National Marine Fisheries Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, La Jolla, California, United States of America

Patricia E. Rosel

Affiliation Southeast Fisheries Science Center, National Marine Fisheries Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Lafayette, Louisiana, United States of America

Keith D. Mullin

Affiliation Southeast Fisheries Science Center, National Marine Fisheries Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Pascagoula, Mississippi, United States of America

Lori H. Schwacke

Affiliation National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Charleston, South Carolina, United States of America

Competing Interests

The authors have the following interests: This work was funded as part of the Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage assessment, conducted cooperatively by NOAA, other Federal and State Trustees, and British Petroleum. There are no patents, products in development or marketed products to declare. This does not alter the authors' adherence to all the PLOS ONE policies on sharing data and materials.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: FVD MGN LHS. Performed the experiments: MGN LEM GMY. Analyzed the data: FVD MGN GMY BCB NMK PER. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: ESZ TS CS NMK KDM. Wrote the paper: FVD MGN ESZ.