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Using Landscape Interfaces and Ecological Activity to Determine Zones of Influence on Tidal Marshes by Upland Development in Georgia

PIs: Ron Kneib (UGA Marine Institute) and James Byers (Odum School of Ecology, Univ of Georgia, Athens, GA, USA) 

Support: Georgia Sea Grant College Program

Timeframe: 2010-2011

Project Objectives:
Because of disturbances in potential research sites with distinct upland drainage features, site selection is currently focused on areas that will best address the issue of upland marsh edge delineation by elevation and vegetation type, as well as the activity of marsh organisms relative to the estuarine area.

Findings: Thus far, ten research sites have been established and high-resolution surveys for elevations relative to tidal datum have been conducted on three transects at all ten of the sites. Permanent stations have been established along three transects at each of the ten sites for the monitoring of abundance and movements of squareback crabs (Armases cinereum) within the designated estuarine area and adjacent uplands. Crab traps have been deployed at all sites and we are currently collecting a winter dataset on crab abundance and environmental variables (i.e., temperature, habitat type, humidity, litter depth, etc.).


Bostrom C., Pittman S., Simenstad C., and Kneib R.T. (2011). Seascape ecology of coastal biogenic habitats: advances, gaps, and challenges. Mar Ecol Prog Ser (doi:10.3354/meps09051).

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