Nigel Temple, a former M.S. student in the Cherry Lab, successfully defended his dissertation, entitled "Improving water wave measurements and understanding of its impacts on natural and restored marsh communities," at Mississippi State University today. Congratulations, Dr. Temple!
A new paper out of the Cherry and Mortazavi labs has been published in Restoration Ecology. In it, Tatariw et al. compared rates of denitrification and dissimilatory nitrate reduction to ammonium (DNRA) between a natural and constructed tidal marsh. In both marshes, denitrification and DNRA rates were greatest in the upper 10 cm of marsh sediment and generally declined with increasing depth. They also found that rates were greater in the natural marsh than the constructed marsh, suggesting impartial recovery of ecosystem function after 32 years.
Mangrove Encroachment Effects on Ecosystem Carbon and Nitrogen Allocation Detailed in New Publication in Ecosystems
In a new paper in Ecosyststems, Macy et al. compared carbon (C) and nitrogen (N) stocks between marsh-dominated areas and mangrove-dominated areas in a Louisiana coastal wetland. Results suggested that mangrove encroachment can increases C and N in aboveground biomass stocks, but that it may not lead to differences in belowground toot and soil stocks.
We are pleased to welcome Emily Fromenthal and Jake Dybiec to the team. Emily is pursuing her M.S. and plans to research plant-pollinator interactions in natural and restored wetlands along the Mississippi-Alabama coast. Jake is pursuing his Ph.D. and plans to compare climate change impacts on ecosystem functions in natural and restored wetlands.
Congratulations to graduate students Abbey Griffin Wood and Erin Smyth, both of whom successfully defended their thesis research today. Pandemic-caused lab closures couldn't stop these two!
Abbey's thesis research was a mesocosm experiment comparing the effects of nutrient loading on biological contributions to elevation change in vegetated sods collected from natural and constructed marshes along the Fowl River in south Alabama.
Erin's thesis research was a field study comparing biological structure, organic matter decomposition, and carbon stocks in a natural and two constructed tidal marshes along the Fowl River in south Alabama.
Both of their studies are part of the CRIMSON project in the Cherry and Mortazavi Labs at UA.
Congratulations to Cherry Lab member, Amelie Lagarde, who graduated from UA with her B.S. in Environmental Engineering. She will begin her M.S. in Coastal and Ecological Engineering at LSU this fall. Good luck, Amelie, and Roll Tide forever!
Cherry Lab News & Accomplishments
Highlighting events and recognizing achievements of current and former Cherry Lab members.