* Brief Summary * Microbial communities present in the Gulf of Mexico rapidly responded to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Oceanospirillales, Colwellia, and Cycloclasticus were members of the community that initially dominated in the deep-water plume samples. This changed when the well was capped and the group that dominated was methanotrophs or oil-degraders. None of the initial groups were found in the surface water samples, instead bacteria such as Alphaproteobacteria and Cyanobacteria were found to be the most abundant organisms in these collected samples. This suggests that the temperature of the water plays a direct role in how the microbial community responds to hydrocarbons. Another defense for the role of temperature
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* Weakness: The weaknesses can be biased, because while I may feel that this work has importance it also has no direct benefit to myself. This does not further our knowledge on diseases or medicine that may save human lives and that does take away from its importance. Yes, the knowledge of these organisms can further our knowledge, but what benefits do we get from knowledge if we do not utilize and use it for our benefit?
* Clarity of the data presented * Strength: The data is presented very clearly in the beginning of the paper with placement close to where it was discussed in the writing. I was able to understand the image and then read more about the results and discussion in the writing. I believe that this gives the paper some strength. * Weakness: However, towards the end of the paper, the writing refers to images that I have to scroll down the past the conclusion and the methods to see. By the time I have seen the picture and understood it, I have to scroll back up to find the spot in the paper that I was reading. Now I understand that some journals require the writer to do this, but it still takes away from the paper and at times make the figures and writing hard to understand. * Statistical significance of the data versus