Tidal marshes are productive ecosystems that provide key services to society such as carbon sequestration, storm surge buffering, and water-quality mitigation. The long-term stability of coastal wetlands is explained by interactions between sea level, plant growth, sediment supply, and wetland accretion, but coastal wetland stability is threatened by land use change and accelerating rates of […]
We acquired a drone to facilitate aerial photography and change over time analysis of the Plum Island Ecosystem research site. It’s also a lot of fun to fly!
With each 1m sediment core getting sectioned at 1 cm increments, we have lots and lots of sediment parties strewn around lab!
Rosie and Danielle push the boat out of Shad Creek in Plum Island close to low tide. A few more minute and we would have been stranded for a couple of hours until the tide came back in.
Abe got to visit the summer field crew at the Connecticut River boat dock. He was pretty happy about it.
Kevin’s import-export work carried through to low tide at about midnight. Good times!
Kevin is doing another import/export measurement during a full tidal cycle on Shad Creek in Plum Island. This time it’s during a neap tide. Here is close to low- not much left of the creek. Rosie and Kevin sampling closer to high tide:
The Ixtapa food truck in New Haven (awesome!) on the way to Plum Island.
I think the students were a bit tired after collecting seven 1 m cores in the Connecticut River estuary.
To evaluate the import and export of suspended sediment, nutrients, dissolved inorganic carbon, and other materials to/from the Shad Creek tidal creek – marsh complex in Plum Island, Kevin undertook a 12 hour sampling over a full tidal cycle. The day started early! Sunrise just before low tide. Kevin and Danielle measuring flow rates […]