My lab is actively conducting research on various aspects of salt marsh ecology.
Submergence in the Quinnipiac River marshes
The Quinnipiac River’s extensive tidal marshes (brackish and salt) provide a unique ecological and recreational resource. However, over the last several decades, these marshes have been undergoing submergence and conversion from vegetated marsh to mudflat.
With support from the Quinnipiac River Fund of the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, we conducted an experiment in summer 2015 to assess the role of chemical and hydrologic stress on the survival of Phragmites plants in the mudflat area. In the process, we accidentally discovered that simply enclosing a mudflat patch with netting was enough to allow abundant regrowth of vegetation. We hypothesize that grazing by Canada geese is preventing re-establishment of vegetation on the mudflat.
Summer 2015 experiment on the Quinnipiac.