Restricted Research - Award List, Note/Discussion Page

Fiscal Year: 2018

212  Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi  (73403)

Principal Investigator: Brandi Reese

Total Amount of Contract, Award, or Gift (Annual before 2011): $ 17,170

Exceeds $250,000 (Is it flagged?): No

Start and End Dates: 4/1/18 - 3/31/19

Restricted Research: YES

Academic Discipline: Environmental Sci - Oceanography

Department, Center, School, or Institute: TAMUCC Life Sciences

Title of Contract, Award, or Gift: Mangrove Expansion Alters Sediment and Water Quality and Affects Biodiversity in Texas Wetlands

Name of Granting or Contracting Agency/Entity: National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Program Title: N/A


1.1.4. -- benthic flux chambers and lysimeters located at three sites within the mangroves, salt marsh, and submerged unvegetated areas in the Missio-Aransas National Estuary Research Reserve (MANEER) in an area known as Mud Island. The sampling stations were in close proximity near one of the MANERR monitoring stations that was lost during Hurricane Harvey. The are does not have any protection from heavy waves or wind activity. Each of the flux chambers were equipped with an oxygen optode sensor (PreSens) and a soil gas sensor (Eagle 2) which were attached to ameter and battery pack. One of the three lysimeters was not found again. All three benthic flux chambers were damaged beyond repair because they were buried and the waterproof housing was compromised. The project is unique in that we will use sensors to continuously measure concentrations of methane, sulfide, and ammonium while on site. This will allow to accurately determine changes over a day or season. Real-time monitoring will be far more informative than taking samples at discrete intervals. Additionally, a survey of the benthic infaunal community at various locations will be perform to determine the impacts of sediment and water quality on biodiversity.

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