Monitoring of Macroalgae in the Great Bay

Monitoring of macroalgea in the Great Bay Estuary

Funding: 

Piscataqua Regional Estuaries Partnership / EPA; UNH Sea Grant

Description: 

As excess nutrients enter the Great Bay Estuary, a variety of nuisance plants can bloom and lead to fundamental changes in the ecology of the estuary – causing loss of habitat critical for support of valuable plants and animals.  One type of plant, benthic macroalgae or seaweed, can bloom with excess nutrients and lead to displacement of traditional and native species by invasive, exotic forms. 

With the help of expert phycologist Art Mathieson, David Burdick is piloting a seaweed monitoring program to establish current conditions and better understand human-caused and natural variation in seaweed biomass around the estuary.

     

Student Involvement:

Mark Kotowski (UG)
Elisabeth Cianciola (MS)

Links:

http://prepestuaries.org/macro-algae-what-is-it-whys-it-important-where-is-it/

Publications:

Cianciola, E. and D. Burdick, 2014. Results of 2013 Macroalgal Monitoring and Recommendations for Future Monitoring in Great Bay Estuary, New Hampshire. PREP Publications. Paper 41.
http://scholars.unh.edu/prep/41

Contacts

David Burdick

603.862.5129

Interim Director of the Jackson Estuarine Laboratory
Research Associate Professor of Coastal Ecology and Restoration

Department of Natural Resources & the Environment
Jackson Estuarine Laboratory
85 Adams Point Road
Durham, NH 03824