Wetlands and water quality in agricultural landscapes
Gary Ervin, PI
Cory Shoemaker, Ph.D. (former doctoral student on the project)
Evelyn DiOrio (former Master's student on the project)
The research described here (funded largely through the USGS and the Mississippi Water Resources Research Institute) has sought to understand interactions between wetland function and wetland vegetation within the Mississippi Delta, an area of highly intensive agricultural land use.
During the years 2014-2017, we have assessed vegetation, land use, soils, and water quality in and around 24 restored and 6 natural wetlands across a gradient of human land use in the Delta. This work has encompassed observational studies within and around the wetlands themselves, as well as experimental work carried out on the MSU campus, looking at responses of seed banks and plant species to hydrology and inputs of nutrients and sediment.
Shoemaker, C. M., G. N. Ervin and E. L. DiOrio. 2017. Interplay of water quality and vegetation in restored wetland plant assemblages from an agricultural landscape. Ecological Engineering 108: 255-262.