First and Last Name/s of Presenters

Julia VinciFollow
Madison EatonFollow

Mentor/s

Jennifer H. Mattei, Ph.D.

Participation Type

Poster

Abstract

Restoring saltmarshes (Spartina alterniflora) and oyster reefs (Crassostrea virginica) at a remediated site in Stratford, Connecticut will contribute to the recovery of lost ecosystem services. In this study, started in 2014, we planned to decrease erosion, increase sediment deposition, and increase wildlife habitat by installing an artificial oyster reef and planting plugs of cordgrass landward of the reef. We hypothesized that average height and stem density of cord grass will be equivalent over time to a reference fringing marsh in Milford, CT. and that a wild eastern oyster population will become established. By 2020, the restored saltmarsh, protected behind the artificial oyster reef, had an average stem density significantly higher than our reference site (512m-2 p

College and Major available

Biology

Course Name and Number, Professor Name

Restoration Ecology, BI 378, Dr. Mattei

Location

Digital Commons & West Campus West Building

Start Day/Time

4-29-2022 1:00 PM

End Day/Time

4-29-2022 4:00 PM

Students' Information

Julia Vinci, Biology, May 2023

Madison Eaton, Biology, May 2023

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Apr 29th, 1:00 PM Apr 29th, 4:00 PM

After six years, has the restoration of saltmarsh and oyster reef habitats restored ecosystem services in Stratford, Connecticut?

Digital Commons & West Campus West Building

Restoring saltmarshes (Spartina alterniflora) and oyster reefs (Crassostrea virginica) at a remediated site in Stratford, Connecticut will contribute to the recovery of lost ecosystem services. In this study, started in 2014, we planned to decrease erosion, increase sediment deposition, and increase wildlife habitat by installing an artificial oyster reef and planting plugs of cordgrass landward of the reef. We hypothesized that average height and stem density of cord grass will be equivalent over time to a reference fringing marsh in Milford, CT. and that a wild eastern oyster population will become established. By 2020, the restored saltmarsh, protected behind the artificial oyster reef, had an average stem density significantly higher than our reference site (512m-2 p

 

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