Many southern California coastal salt marshes are urbanized and heavily impacted, but still provide important ecosystem services, including carbon and nutrient cycling. Salt marsh community structure and functions, such as decomposition, are essential for marsh ecosystems and are potentially vulnerable to inundation impacts created by sea level rise (SLR). The saltmarsh communities driving decomposition are comprised of invertebrates, fungi, and bacteria, which may be susceptible to SLR. In this project, inundation of saltmarsh sediments with associated plants and rhizosphere were manipulated using a marsh organ to assess the impacts of SLR on decomposer activity (leaf litter decay, anaerobic respiration) and community structure (bacterial and benthic invertebrate). Marsh organ samples across all inundation treatments showed altered decomposer community diversity and function compared to controls, indicating disturbance. However in some cases there were no significant differences between communities among SLR treatments. However, inundation effects may have been obscured by marsh organ artifacts.
|Advisor:||Dillon, Jesse G.|
|Commitee:||Keller, Jason K., Whitcraft, Christine R.|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 54/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Bacteria, Invertebrates, Marsh organ, Saltmarsh, Sea level rise, Wetland|
Copyright in each Dissertation and Thesis is retained by the author. All Rights Reserved
The supplemental file or files you are about to download were provided to ProQuest by the author as part of a
dissertation or thesis. The supplemental files are provided "AS IS" without warranty. ProQuest is not responsible for the
content, format or impact on the supplemental file(s) on our system. in some cases, the file type may be unknown or
may be a .exe file. We recommend caution as you open such files.
Copyright of the original materials contained in the supplemental file is retained by the author and your access to the
supplemental files is subject to the ProQuest Terms and Conditions of use.
Depending on the size of the file(s) you are downloading, the system may take some time to download them. Please be