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Georgia Scientists Study Salt Marsh To Understand Global Warming

... productivity, faunal activityand hydrology of the marsh system. An understanding of theserelationships is ... added. Researchers believe microorganisms in salt marsh sediments play asignificant role in the cycling of materials in the ecosystem. By examining microor...

UF Researcher's Innovative Fence Helps Control Sand Flies

...eplayground, the biting sand flies in the mangrove marsh next door startsmacking their little bloodsucking ...d flies' thirst for blood against them. Betweenthe marsh and the playground he has built a fence that seeps carbondioxide. By simulating a human presence, th...

USGS Scientists Find New Invasive Fish Species In Florida

...ing a site near the canal's border with Everglades marsh habitat. Biologists have not found the Asian swam...abitats and in adverse conditions. In addition to marsh and swamp habitats, Nico said the fish survives quite well in ponds, canals, roadside ditches and ri...

Purdue Golf Course Serves Double Duty As Research Lab

...Dye and Tim Liddy have looped the course around a marsh known as the Celery Bog. But for some Purdue scientists, the course is a unique opportunity to study environmental and agronomic problems of urban America. "There are a lot of university golf courses, but what makes this course unique is the...

New Long-Term Ecological Research Site Funded For Plum Island Sound Ecosystems Study

..., including open water, tidalcreekbank marshes and marsh ponds, explains scientist Chuck Hopkinson of theMarine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, principalinvestigator on the Plum Island LTER project. "Getting a large-scale view of anestuary is important. On a small scale, a section of ...

Beaver, Architects To The Birds

...ver. Beaver ponds also create habitats for marsh and song birds. TheAmerican Bittern and Virginia Rail, both secretive marsh birds, were found inolder ponds. Among the wetland-dependent song birds, the Louisiana waterthrusha...

Sex-Specific Behavior Controlled By Peripheral Nervous System

...said. For his experiments, Weissburg chose marsh fiddler crabs (Uca pugilator)as a sample species because they are quite common in the eastern United States, andthe males and females are strikingly different in anatomy and behavior. Females havetwo feeding claws, which are more sensitive than the m...

Exotic Species, Migratory Birds, Sea Level Rise, Wetlands, And Contaminants...USGS Scientists Discuss Innovative Chesapeake Bay Restoration Studies

...esapeake Bay wetlands, are apparently accelerating marsh loss in the bay region. Preliminary findings indic...e role of nutria in the extensive loss of emergent marsh at the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge located on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. The experimenta...

Oil Spill Cleanup Product Made From Sugar Byproduct

...rge leaks and spews its contents on the water, the marsh itselfbecomes a major obstacle to cleanup equipmen...iveness where naturally occurring microbes live in marsh mud," he adds. The LSU Ag Center has licensed the technology to AltFuels Inc. ofLabadieville...

Rare Fossil Shows Theropod Dinosaurs Are Fast, Dangerous 'Turbocharged' Reptiles

...osaur probably died in a shallow, still, saltwater marsh thatpreserved its structure incredibly well. It's like a Rosetta stone forpaleontology, and shows us more about dinosaur biology than we ever knewbefore." This type of physiology would provide some metabolic advantages unlikethat of any anim...

Rare Fossil Shows Dinosaurs As Fast, Dangerous

...nosaur probablydied in a shallow, still, saltwater marsh that preserved its structureincredibly well. It's like a Rosetta stone for paleontology, and shows us moreabout dinosaur biology than we ever knew before." Of particular importance, the researchers said, is the clear presence ofa complete sep...

Estuaries Vital To The Productivity Of Southeastern U.S. Fisheries

...ke University marine ecologist. "When salt marsh habitat and production is lost, when estuarine cre...rovides a lot of impetus for the protectionof salt marsh habitats because those not only support the nursery phase of foodwebs, but their continental shelf p...

Conserving the Everglades: Less is more

...e northern third of the historic 3,000-square mile marsh that was drained foragriculture in the early 1900s. Trexler and his colleagues compared levels of algae, invertebrates (includingcrayfish, grass shrimp and dragonflies) and fish (including large mouth bass andspotted sunfish) in areas that did and d...

Herbivores, pull up a chair to the table: salt marsh plants at higher latitudes more palatable, according to new study

...ity in Providence, R.I., strongly suggestthat salt marsh plants nearer the equator are less palatable to he...ographic Society. The researchers selected 10 salt marsh plants common to the Northeast coast(Maine and Rhode Island) and Southeastern sites in Georgia and F...

As Hurricane Floyd moves up the Atlantic Coast . . . .

...nnis onsediment deposition in the Virginia coastal marsh study areas established thisspring. Landslides Although Floyd has remained near the coast, past hurricanes that traveled inlandto the Appalachian Mountains brought large amounts of rain to steep hillsidesand caused landslides. During Hurricane Cam...

Sea level rise behind coastal tree deaths

...s converting as much as 2 meters of forest to salt marsh annually, Williamssaid. The forest retreat threatens many coastal parks and nature reserves, such asWaccasassa Bay State Preserve, because the reserves are sandwiched between theocean on one side and residential areas or farms on the other, Putz said...

UNC-CH biologists identify new order of marine fungi

...tes, Kohlmeyer said. They break down dead seaweed, marsh plants and wood, including wooden pilings and boat...d begin to break down leaves of dead needlerush, a marsh plant common in the eastern United States. To his amazement, he and his wife have discovered mor...

USGS scientists find new population of Asian swamp eels in south Florida

...habitats and in adverse conditions. In addition to marsh and swamp habitats, Curnutt said the fish survives quite well in ponds, canals, roadside ditches and rice fields -- "just about any freshwater habitat with a few inches of water." Another trait that could help these fish successful colonize southe...

NSF awards $4.2 Million grants to three coastal sites for long-term ecological research

...system LTER This study site, a barrier island and marsh complex, is located on the central Georgia coast near Sapelo Island and the Altamaha River, one of the largest and least developed rivers on the U.S. East Coast. Scientists at this LTER site will investigate the links between local and distant uplan...

Cincinnati researchers document environmental problems caused by tourist trade in Crete

...emands immediate intervention. In addition to the marsh grasses and other flora typical of wetlands, this biotope or ecologically sensistive area, located on the northwest corner of the Municipality of Hersonissos, now contains piles of garbage and other solid waste such as plastic bags and bottles, tenni...

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