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Spatial Patterns of Bacterial Abundance in a Seagrass Restoration Site on the Eastern Shore of Virginia (USA)

Robertson, Travis
Format
Thesis/Dissertation; Online
Author
Robertson, Travis
Advisor
Wiberg, Patricia
McGlathery, Karen
Blum, Linda
Abstract
Establishing monitoring efforts of (and then subsequently tracking) spatial distribution patterns of microorganisms and sediment properties in restored seagrass meadows is crucial to understanding the redevelopment and reestablishment of ecosystem processes and function of these systems. In this study, spatial distribution patterns of bacterial abundance and selected sediment properties were examined in a restored Zostera marina seagrass bed in South Bay at the Virginia Coast Reserve - Long Term Ecological Research site. Two twelve - meter - long transects were established within a restored seagrass bed such that three vegetation zones were captured by each transect: a vegetated zone, an unvegetated zone, and a zone where vegetated sediment transitions into vegetated sediment. Small sediment cores (approximately 6 - 8 cm3with a depth ofapproximately 7-8 cm) and water column samples (approximately 40 ml) were taken at 0. Note: Abstract extracted from PDF file via OCR
Language
English
Published
University of Virginia, Department of Environmental Sciences, MA, 2009
Published Date
2009-12-01
Degree
MA
Collection
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