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Ecological Assessment of Florida Bay and adjacent Mangrove Wetlands

Short-term project
Start date: Aug-2013          End date: Aug-2016
Contact person: Tiffany Troxler
Funding organization(s):
National Park Service - Department of the Interior



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Abstract

This project provides field and laboratory support for experiments and field measurements of mangrove zone soil conditions and change, nutrient cycling and transport from the mangrove zone to the bay, and water quality (including light and phytoplankton biomass dynamics) and submersed aquatic vegetation (SAV) conditions in the bay. Preliminary experiments in the mesocosm facility at Everglades National Park's Florida Bay Interagency Science Center (FBISC) have indicated that changing salinity and inundation patterns influence the dynamics and stability of wetland soils between Florida Bay and the Everglades. With this project, additional studies will be done by the Principal Investigator that provide insight regarding the vulnerability these soils to sea level rise, and how restoration may mitigate this vulnerability. Furthermore, we propose to facilitate through support to Everglades National Park's ongoing studies of how changing salinity and nutrient availability in the bay, including nutrients and materials derived from the mangrove zone, influence water column conditions and the quality and distribution of SAV communities in the bay.





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