Science Serving Maryland's Coasts

Jade Bowins, Sacred Heart University

Class Year: 
2013

Project Title: 

The Effects of Nutrients on the Biomechanics of Spartina alterniflora on Poplar Island

Abstract: 

Due to high nutrient content in dredge material encompassing Poplar Island significant amounts of lodging has resulted. Additions of silicon are used in order to determine their effect on Spartina alterniflora on Poplar Island. Biomechanical tests were performed in order to determine the elastic modulus and measurements were taken to determine the second moment of area. ANOVA statistical analysis was performed and determined there was no statistical significance in any mean values depicted in the bar graphs in average stem length.