Busy field day- Gamble Rogers post restoration field sampling

Dr. Krejci and undergraduate researcher, Lauren Albury, returned to Gamble Roger’s marsh to complete zooplankton samples in the natural channels and Matanzas/Halifax River after marsh restoration was complete. They first went out the end of January 2019 before the restoration work.

Junior undergraduate IES major, Lauren Albury, and Dr. Sarah Krejci (right)

Sampling involves three vertical plankton tows at 5 locations in each area. The pre sampling resulted in 45 tows and today’s post sampling was 30 tows. It was a gorgeous day for field work! You can beat 80 degrees on February 18 🙂 Our boat was captained by FWC’s Annie Roddenberry who always does a great job getting us where we need to go and assisting in water quality measurements and bottle labels.

Annie Roddenberry showing Bahama native, Lauren, live oysters
Open channel in Gamble Rogers near restoration site “A”

Lauren is in the process of examining plankton from the presampling and we’re looking forward to sharing our analysis at the Florida Academy of Sciences meeting in March.

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