What Happens After Mussels Die? Biogenic Legacy Effects on Community Structure and Ecosystem Processes
Brittany R. Jones '12, Gettysburg College
Mitchell A. Jones '12, Gettysburg College
Sondra E. Winders '14, Gettysburg College
Once-thriving mussel beds are disappearing from the Gulf of Maine, leaving behind massive amounts of long-lasting empty and broken shells. We found significantly different sediment, species assemblages, and water flow dynamics in patches of this shell material compared to live mussels and bare sediment. Mussel bed collapse alters the ecology of the seafloor.
Commito, John A., Brittany R. Jones, Mitchell A. Jones, Sondra E. Winders, and Serena Como. "What happens after mussels die? Biogenic legacy effects on community structure and ecosystem processes." Journal Of Experimental Marine Biology And Ecology 506 (2018): 30-41.
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