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Restoration by Defecation: Effects of Nutrient Enrichment via Bird Guano on Seagrass Propeller Scar Healing Times

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Material Information

Title:
Restoration by Defecation: Effects of Nutrient Enrichment via Bird Guano on Seagrass Propeller Scar Healing Times
Physical Description:
Book
Language:
English
Creator:
Hunt-Dolon, Kelsey
Publisher:
New College of Florida
Place of Publication:
Sarasota, Fla.
Publication Date:

Thesis/Dissertation Information

Degree:
Bachelor's ( B.A.)
Degree Grantor:
New College of Florida
Degree Divisions:
Natural Sciences
Area of Concentration:
Environmental Science
Faculty Sponsor:
Gilchrist, Sandra

Subjects

Genre:
bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, territorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract:
Seagrass beds provide many ecological services, such as diminishing shoreline erosion by dampening wave and carbon sequestration. Propeller scaring caused by careless boaters can inflict significant damage to seagrass ecosystems. Scars erode and when an area becomes heavily scared the integrity of the seagrass bed is threatened and large areas of grass can be lost. Studies in the Florida Keys and elsewhere found that when bird stakes, PVC perches, were placed along the length of propeller scars the healing time was greatly reduced. A similar effect should be seen around bird rookery islands, which provide nutrient inputs of phosphorus (P) and nitrogen (N) rich guano. In Sarasota, Florida water and sediment nutrient levels were compared between bird rookery islands and mangrove islands. Scar healing in these areas and in seagrass beds not connected to shorelines was compared using ArcMap 10.1. There was a significantly higher levels of aquatic N and P as well as higher sedimentary P in seagrass beds at bird rookery islands. This difference in nutrient availability did not have an effect on propeller scar healing times.
Statement of Responsibility:
by Kelsey Hunt-Dolon
Thesis:
Thesis (B.A.) -- New College of Florida, 2014
General Note:
RESTRICTED TO NCF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE
Bibliography:
Includes bibliographical references.
General Note:
This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The New College of Florida Libraries, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
General Note:
Faculty Sponsor: Gilchrist, Sandra

Record Information

Source Institution:
New College of Florida
Holding Location:
New College of Florida
Rights Management:
Applicable rights reserved.
Resource Identifier:
Classification:
S.T. 2014 H8
System ID:
AA00024752:00001

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