Our research focus is to
characterize the impact of natural (e.g. dieback) and man-made (e.g. oil spill)
on marsh vegetation.
Our target species is smooth cordgrass (Spartina alterniflora Loisel), a
plant in the salt marsh ecosystem that can
account for up to 90% of biomass production. We conduct morphological,
anatomical and cytological analyses at organismal, organ, tissue
and cellular levels to study the mechanisms
involved in marsh dieback and to
develop a database of normal characteristics of S. alterniflora.
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