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Where the Seagrass Grows Greener

Flounder swimming through a seagrass bed. ©NOAA

Flounder swimming through a seagrass bed. ©NOAA

Although scientists have determined the minimum light requirement for seagrass to grow, they don’t know how various dissolved particles affect water clarity and seagrass growth. Knowing this information could refine tools seagrass restorers use to choose places to plant grass and monitor its progress. This grant will fund a UVA graduate student to work with professors Karen McGlathery, Patricia Wiberg, and Arthur Schwarzchild of UVA to test water samples and mathematical models of Hog Island Bay, Gargathy Bay, and Magothy Bay.

Funded by the Virginia Sea Grant Coastal & Marine Science RFP

Project detail: Karen McGlathery (UVA), Patricia Wiberg (UVA), and Arthur Schwarzchild (UVA). Sustainable seagrass restoration in the Virginia Coastal Bays.