About the Authors

Udonna Ndu

udonna.ndu@duke.edu

Current address: Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, United States of America

Affiliation Department of Environmental Sciences, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States of America

Tamar Barkay

Affiliation Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States of America

Robert P. Mason

Affiliation Department of Marine Sciences, University of Connecticut, Groton, Connecticut, United States of America

Amina Traore Schartup

Affiliation Department of Environmental Health, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

Radwan Al-Farawati

Affiliation Marine Chemistry Department, King Abdul-Aziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Jie Liu

Affiliation Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States of America

John R. Reinfelder

Affiliation Department of Environmental Sciences, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States of America

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: UN JR TB. Performed the experiments: UN JL JR. Analyzed the data: UN JR TB RA AT-S RPM JL. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: UN JR TB RPM. Wrote the paper: UN JR TB RA AT-S RPM JL.