Every water front property owner knows the value of protecting their shoreline from the damage of erosion. Often times, we choose to harden the shorelines with bulkhead or rip rap to make sure we don’t lose land. But, are there more natural ways to stabilize the ever changing shoreline? Joshua Moody, a former graduate fellow at the Reserve and Master’s degree candidate at Rutgers University is studying the ability of the ribbed mussel (scientifically known as Geukensia demissa) to form physical structures through their nutrient rich waste which creates levees at the edges of marshes to stabilize the marsh shoreline. Results will help determine the potential role of using ribbed mussels as a living shoreline structure. It is believed that “soft armor” barriers (such as ribbed mussels and salt marsh plants) may provide ecological benefits that “hard armoring” (bulkheads and stone revetments) cannot provide by allowing the salt marsh and the intertidal zone to interact. To find out more information about the use of living shorelines in protecting marshes and other properties from erosion visit the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary website.
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It’s Brown University graduate student and Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Graduate Research Fellow, Sarah Corman! Sarah is working on the effect of global change on a salt marsh plant called cord grass (Spartina alterniflora). She is studying the effect of temperature on biomass allocation. What is plant biomass? It is living or recently living plant material which contains stored energy from the sun. This information can be helpful in directing salt marsh conservation efforts . Using a latitudinal gradient of NERRS sites from Massachusetts to South Carolina will provide a valuable regional perspective on the future of salt marsh productivity. Welcome to Delaware, Sarah!
our new Graduate Research Fellow, Josh Moody! Josh is a graduate student at Rutgers University and is studying the relationship between ribbed mussel density and salt marsh shoreline erosion.
He’ll be collecting data along the St Jones this season as part of his research – be sure to say Hi if you seen him around!