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Caring For Wildlife With Grace: Welcome To Our New Margaret A. Davidson Fellow

Caring For Wildlife With Grace: Welcome To Our New Margaret A. Davidson Fellow

Grace McCulloch is a graduate student at the University of New Hampshire who is preparing for a career protecting vulnerable ecological communities. Great Bay NERR is fortunate to welcome her as our new Margaret A. Davidson Fellow. She will be joining us for the next two years and has spent this summer researching habitat use of the saltmarsh sparrow, a state listed Species of Greatest Conservation Need.

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Graduate Student Profile: Chloe Brownlie on Salt Marsh Thin Layer Placement

Graduate Student Profile: Chloe Brownlie on Salt Marsh Thin Layer Placement

With sea level on the rise, researchers at UNH are looking into the best way to protect our coastal salt marshes. Working in collaboration with Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, researchers are able to implement different techniques to prevent salt marsh erosion due to sea level rise. This post is the first of two, highlighting two graduate students working on salt marsh resiliency and restoration techniques.

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Great Bay’s Underwater Grasses

Great Bay’s Underwater Grasses

When healthy, sea grasses form dense underwater meadows that provide many benefits to bay organisms and us, including producing great quantities of oxygen that many marine creatures need to thrive, provide excellent physical habitat for young fish and shellfish, improves water quality by absorbing excess nutrients, and increases water clarity by filtering sediments.

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Great Bay’s Underwater Grasses

Great Bay’s Underwater Grasses

When healthy, sea grasses form dense underwater meadows that provide many benefits to bay organisms and us, including producing great quantities of oxygen that many marine creatures need to thrive, provide excellent physical habitat for young fish and shellfish, improves water quality by absorbing excess nutrients, and increases water clarity by filtering sediments.

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