|Deploying the seine via kayak.|
Seine is pretty much fancy ichthyologist talk for corralling fish into a net and bringing them up to identify, measure, and count. Ichthyologist is pretty much fancy biologist talk for weird (yet, awesome) people who are really into studying fish all the time.
|Gathering up the net very carefully. Don't want any fish to escape!|
Monitoring of different species (birds, plants, fish, infauna), in addition to exploring food web structure dynamics is an important part of the restoration project on marsh wetlands. Previous restoration projects can provide insight into the changes you should be able to observe while the effects of the newly restored channels and full tidal influence are occurring. It's a good way to identify what you've done right, and what might need to be done differently in the future.
|An adorable sea slug that has flattened out.|
- examining microbial diversity
- a project exploring the impacts of climate change on restoration
- utilizing a marsh organ to simulate the effects of sea level rise
- fish translocation between restored marshes
- planting strategies in the marshlands
Biologist's First Sea Slug
Dahl TE. 1990. Wetland losses in the United States 1780s to 1980s. US Fish and Wildlife Services Technical Report 21p.
Questions of the Day:
What is your favorite marine species?
What sort of field work do you thing astronauts on Mars would do?