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This seaside sparrow (Ammodramus maritimus) was photographed in the salt marsh at Barataria Bay, Gulf of Mexico, in 2012. Seaside sparrows live their entire lives in salt marshes, where they are among the first terrestrial species to be affected by oil entering marsh ecosystems. Their physiological responses and population processes can be used to reveal exposure to oil and altered food webs at the interface of aquatic and terrestrial systems, research that is discussed in the article in this issue by Christine M. Bergeon Burns and her colleagues. The article is part of a Special Section, Understanding the Biological Effects of the Macondo Blowout, that was sponsored by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI); the Editorial and the Viewpoint in this issue both discuss the Special Section. Photograph: Philip C Stouffer.
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