The Hughes Lab conducted field surveys and glasshouse experiments to investigate phenotypic variation within the invasive common reed, Phragmites australis, at four sites along the east coast of North America. Research on intraspecific variation of this invader will improve impact assessments and guide salt marsh management in estuarine ecosystems invaded by P. australis.
Recent work from the Bowen Lab & colleagues from the Plum Island Long Term Ecological Research team highlights the dynamic, though often disconnected nature of bacteria in salt marsh ponds that are likely to expand due to increased rates of sea level rise.
Associate Professor Jen Bowen, PhD student Patrick Kearns, and their colleagues’ research in the Great Marsh suggest that microbes play an important role in the provision of ecological services.
The MSC is pleased to welcome Associate Professor Jen Bowen to Northeastern and to Nahant, where her expertise in marine microbial communities will benefit the academics, research, and outreach of the Center.
A study by a team of Northeastern faculty, postdoctoral researchers, and students examines the role that geography plays in how successful the spread of the invasive reed, Phragmites australis, may be.
A unique collaborative project this August brought together students, educators and researchers to develop new skills in studying nature, using technology, and teamwork.
A new study lead by MSC researchers explores how variation among individuals of a marsh consumer species may impact overall community structure and dynamics.
Height matters, among other things, according to Assistant Professor Randall Hughes, whose work recently appeared in the Journal of Ecology.