The decline in benthic marine fauna following an oil spill in West Falmouth, Massachusetts, permitted us to follow the responses of a number of polychaete and other invertebrate species to an environmental disturbance. Species with the most opportunistic life histories increased and declined at the two stations with the greatest reduction in species diversity. The stations with an intermediate reduction in diversity showed increases and declines of somewhat less opportunistic species....
Grassle, J. F., and Judith P. Grassle. 1974. "Opportunistic life histories and genetic systems in marine benthic polychaetes." Journal of Marine Research 32, (2). https://elischolar.library.yale.edu/journal_of_marine_research/1289