Sediment Biogeochemistry and Seagrass Bed Development: Implications for Restoration and Sustainability

Principal Investigator:

W. Michael Kemp

Start/End Year:

2003 - 2005


Horn Point Laboratory, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

Co-Principal Investigator:

Jeffrey Cornwell, Horn Point Laboratory, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science


The overall objective is to explore how sediment quality and associated biogeochemical processes change with seagrass bed development and spatial distribution. We will investigate how these interactions affect bed sustainability and potential for successful SAV restoration. The project will also expand ongoing efforts to improve environmental science education by involving school teachers directly into our research.

Related Publications:

Kemp, WM; Boynton, WR. 2012. Synthesis in estuarine and coastal ecological research: what is it, why is it important, and how do we teach it? Estuaries and Coasts35(1):1 -22. doi:10.1007/s12237-011-9464-9. UM-SG-RS-2012-01.

Bartleson, RD; Kemp, WM; Stevenson, JC. 2005. Use of a simulation model to examine effects of nutrient loading and grazing on Potamogeton perfoliatus L. communities in microcosms. Ecological Modelling185(24):483 -512. doi:10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2005.01.006. UM-SG-RS-2005-25.

Kemp, WM; Batiuk, R; Bartleson, R; Bergstrom, P; Carter, V; Gallegos, CL; Hunley, W; Karrh, L; Koch, EW; Landwehr, JM; Moore, KA; Murray, L; Naylor, M; Rybicki, NB; Stevenson, JC; Wilcox, DJ. 2004. Habitat requirements for submerged aquatic vegetation in Chesapeake Bay: Water quality, light regime, and physical-chemical factors. Estuaries27(3):363 -377. doi:10.1007/BF02803529. UM-SG-RS-2004-08.

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