Science Serving Maryland's Coasts

R/DO-19

The production and fate of phytoplankton biomass in the mesohaline reach of Chesapeake Bay

Principal Investigator: 

Daniel J. Conley

Start/End Year: 

1990 to 1993

Institution: 

Horn Point Laboratory, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

Co-Principal investigator: 

Thomas C. Malone, Patricia M. Glibert, Horn Point Laboratory, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

Description: 

To determine the relative importance of N and Si in limiting the magnitude of the spring diatom bloom and in precipitating its collapse in Chesapeake Bay; specifically, to test the hypothesis that the collapse of the spring bloom occurs as a consequence of Si deficiency and associated increases in sedimentation rate.