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Research Experience for Undergraduates: Characterization of Salt Marsh Dieback Areas in Coastal Georgia


PIs: Merryl Alber (Dept of Marine Sciences, Univ of Georgia, Athens, GA, USA) and Carla Curran (Savannah State University, Savannah, GA, USA)

Support: Georgia Sea Grant College Program

Timeframe: 2003 - 2004

Project Objectives:
1. To involve undergraduate students in research efforts designed to characterize salt marsh dieback in coastal Georgia.
2. To apply the Georgia Coastal Research Council standardized protocol for characterizing dieback at 4-5 selected locations.
3. To do a systematic assessment of 30 dieback areas along the coast.

Accomplishments:

Students helped to collect monitoring data from 4 of the long-term marsh dieback sites, (www.marsci.uga.edu/coastalcouncil/marsh_data2.htm). No significant differences were found in terms of soil composition between healthy and dieback sites, which suggests that salt marsh dieback was not associated with any soil type.

Reports:
Maher, Benjamin F. 2004.  The evaluation of a salt-marsh dieback site on Talahi Island, GA. Senior Research Thesis, Savannah State University.

O'Connell, Steven. 2004.  Soil characteristics at marsh dieback areas along the Georgia Coast. A Senior Thesis completed in partial fulfillment of the Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in Marine Sciences, University of Georgia.


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