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Controls on Effectiveness of Reef Filtration

PI: James Byers (Odum School of Ecology, Univ of Georgia, Athens, GA, USA) 

Support: Georgia Sea Grant College Program

Timeframe: 2012-2013

Project Objectives:
The objective of this study is to address how effectively oyster reefs affect water quality on natural and constructed reefs and to what degree predators alter reef filtration abilities. The project will assess potential trophic and other impacts on this critical ecosystem function. By investigating filtration potential of reefs under multiple scenarios in both the lab and the field, this study should offer insights into optimal locations for reef construction efforts and the best filter feeding species to promote (e.g. clams vs. oysters).



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