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Investigating the effect of oil spills
on the environment and public health.
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Maria (Rita) Riggio

Louisiana State University

Department of Biological Sciences

202 Life Sciences Building
Baton Rouge, LA  70803  

mriggi1@lsu.edu

Project List:

Long-Term Impact, Recovery and Resilience: Wetland plant-microbial-benthic ecosystem responses to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and mitigation strategies promoting sustainability

Year 6-8 Investigator Grants (RFP-V)Role: Research Scientist

Accelerating Recovery after the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Response of the Plant-Microbial-Benthic Ecosystem to Mitigation Strategies Promoting Wetland Remediation and Resilience

Year 3-5 Investigator Grants (RFP-II)Role: Research Staff

Publications & Presentations:

Journal Articles - 2

In Press/Early Release

Fleeger, J. W., Riggio, M. R., Mendelssohn, I. A., Lin, Q., Hou, A., & Deis, D. R. (In-Press). Recovery of saltmarsh meiofauna six years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, .

2015

Fleeger, J., Carman, K., Riggio, M., Mendelssohn, I., Lin, Q., Hou, A., et al. (2015). Recovery of salt marsh benthic microalgae and meiofauna following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill linked to recovery of Spartina alterniflora. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser., 536, 39–54.

Conference Presentations - 3

2015

Fleeger, J., Carman, K., Riggio, R., Mendelssohn, I., Lin, Q., Hou, A., et al. (2015). Recovery of the Saltmarsh Benthic Community Following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Linked to Recovery of Spartina alterniflora. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2015. Houston, TX : 02/16/15-02/19/15.

2014

Fleeger, J. W., Carman, K. R., Riggio, M. R., Mendelssohn, I. A., Lin, Q., Hou, A., et al. (2014). Effects of and recovery from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on the saltmarsh benthic community. In US-China International Workshop on Key Processes and Regulation of Wetland Ecosystem. Baton Rouge, LA : 11/10/14 -11/12/14.

2013

Fleeger, J., Carman, K., Riggio, M., Mendelssohn, I., Lin, Q., & Hou, A. (2013). Response of saltmarsh meiofauna to the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. In International Meiofauna Conference in Korea. Ansan, South Korea : 07/15/2013-07/26/13.