On May 8, students from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) prepared to present the final draft of a land use plan for the Lands End Subdivision’s Captain Sinclair property. But first—lunch.
Joseph Matt will examine whether there is a relationship between oyster brood stock origin and triploid mortality, which could help commercial growers make more informed decisions about the oysters they plant.
Cindy Marin Martinez’s research will focus on three important species in the Chesapeake Bay: Atlantic croaker, American eel, and Atlantic menhaden. She hopes to determine whether the population of larval fishes in the York River is a good proxy for the amount of larval fishes moving into the Bay.
Joseph Morina will research the nutrient cycling of wetlands and the effects this has on downstream coastal ecosystems. He will also study the response of these systems to increasing sea levels, saltwater intrusion, and other effects of climate change.
Since their introduction, blue catfish in the Chesapeake Bay have grown numerous and large. Joseph Schmitt will research blue catfish as a non-native species in Virginia.
As a graduate research fellow, Matthew Oreska will research seagrass beds’ release of greenhouse gases in South Bay, Virginia.
Melissa Karp will investigate the effects of species diversity within an oyster reef as well as the structural complexity of the reef and the salinity of the water.