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Research Experience for Undergraduates: Characterization of Salt Marsh Dieback Areas in Coastal Georgia

PIs: Merryl Alber (Dept of Marine Sciences, Univ of Georgia, Athens, GA, USA) and Carla Curran (Savannah State University, Savannah, GA, USA)

Support: Georgia Sea Grant College Program

Timeframe: 2003 - 2004

Project Objectives:
1. To involve undergraduate students in research efforts designed to characterize salt marsh dieback in coastal Georgia.
2. To apply the Georgia Coastal Research Council standardized protocol for characterizing dieback at 4-5 selected locations.
3. To do a systematic assessment of 30 dieback areas along the coast.


Students helped to collect monitoring data from 4 of the long-term marsh dieback sites, (www.marsci.uga.edu/coastalcouncil/marsh_data2.htm). No significant differences were found in terms of soil composition between healthy and dieback sites, which suggests that salt marsh dieback was not associated with any soil type.

Maher, Benjamin F. 2004.  The evaluation of a salt-marsh dieback site on Talahi Island, GA. Senior Research Thesis, Savannah State University.

O'Connell, Steven. 2004.  Soil characteristics at marsh dieback areas along the Georgia Coast. A Senior Thesis completed in partial fulfillment of the Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in Marine Sciences, University of Georgia.

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