Bivalve enhanced N removal from coastal waters
Project Leader: Dr. Ruth H. Carmichael
This research quantifies N removal from estuaries through assimilation into tissues and through stimulation of biogeochemical processes by eastern oysters (Crassostrea virginica). Work will define the effects of ontogeny and genetics (triploid vs. diploid stocks) on bioremediation capacity of oysters. Results are of high interest to inform aquaculture activities proposed to remediate the effects of eutrophication in coastal waters worldwide. Data from these experiments will help quantify this important ecosystem service for cultured and natural oyster stocks.