Public talk: Nitrogen - friend or foe? Effects of fertilization on a New England salt marsh
Presented by Dr. Torrie Hanley, Postdoctoral Researcher, Northeastern University
Increased nutrient inputs as a result of human activities threaten valuable coastal systems such as salt marshes and the communities relying on their ecosystem services. Understanding how nutrient pollution affects key salt marsh species is a critical step in predicting the capacity of the ecosystem to respond to additional environmental stressors. This talk will discuss the effects of increased levels of nutrients on a common plant, Spartina, that plays a fundamental role in determining the health of salt marshes, and highlight the results of a unique long-term, whole-ecosystem fertilization experiment in Plum Island, MA.
Tuesday, March 13 at 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Northeastern University Marine Science Center, Murphy Bunker 430 Nahant Road, Nahant, MA 01908