To test feedbacks between sediment supply, plant biomass, and marsh accretion, we’ve undertaken a sediment exclusion experiment in salt marshes in the Delaware River. We installed a 3x3m sediment exclusion plot in early June 2016, along with feldspar market horizons. We will install more sediment exclusion plots after validating the experimental design this summer. […]
The crew in Plum Island doing creek import/export measurements realized that work on the marsh is a bit different with spring tides. The marsh started to flood, and it was still more than an hour off of high. High tide found them knee deep.
Mikala is investigating how water draining high and low-elevation marsh influences metabolism (production and respiration) in estuarine waters. This had us out at 2:30am to catch the maximum ebb tide draining 4 tidal creeks. Navigating Plum Island at night is a trick! Mikala filled BOD bottles with water from the creeks and placed the bottles […]
We started off the 2016 field season with a trip to Plum Island Sound in May. Diana, Mikala, Brian, Olivia, Arielle, and Mary joined Drs. Sutter and Weston for a week of marsh field work.