Barcode Long Island Team Stinky Muddy Pluckers
Barcode Long Island
Research Topic:
Biodiversity & trade
Taxonomic Group Studied:
Animals: Invertebrate


Effect of Non-Point Source Pollution on Invertebrate Saltmarsh Diversity
Autumn Lahjala, Olivia Russo, Mario Pusey, Taha Gokturk
North Babylon Research, Suffolk
john jaeger


A salt marsh is a coastal wetland area where salt water floods a drain in an area brought by the tides of the sea. It is very useful for being a nursery for those who are developing newborn organisms to live and develop so they can be prepared for the next step. Saltmarshes play a very beneficial and important part in many coastal ecosystems, in which support diverse communities of fish, birds, benthic invertebrates, and a large number of invertebrates are critical to the salt marsh ecosystem, serving as primary, secondary, and tertiary consumers, as well as decomposing organisms. Destruction of habitats and fragmentation of abiotic and biotic environmental changes, including oil spills and other pollutants are some of the factors deteriorating the health and life of the salt marshes. They help regulate pollutants and trophic levels of both plants and animals. Our group is studying both the “Santapogue Creek” and cedar beach salt marsh. Santapogue Creek is located in the Babylon ec


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