I Think There Might be Some Nutrients Running Off the Winding Bay Golf Course

By | 2015-04-29T11:54:42-05:00 April 29th, 2015|Categories: Nutrients, seagrass|5 Comments

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Craig Layman
My lab’s interdisciplinary pursuits provide for a multi-faceted understanding of environmental change in the coastal realm. We are ecologists, asking questions that span population, community, ecosystem and evolutionary sub-disciplines. We often use a food web based perspective, exploring top-down (e.g., predation) and bottom-up (e.g., nutrient excretion) mechanisms by which animals affect ecosystem processes. All of our efforts are framed within a broader outreach framework, directly integrating science and education, using approaches such as this website.

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    J April 29, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    Come on over Bakers Bay on Guana to see real run off from the golf course !!!!!

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    Brad Weller April 29, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    Is it similar in composition to a healthy seagrass bed? Perhaps it is possible to make the best of a bad situation and use sch areas as conch nurseries, given their (conch) population trend and over-exploitation?

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    Craig Layman April 29, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    Hi Brad,

    I think that is an insightful observation/question. The fact is that the golf course treatment is affecting the local nearshore community. Whether that is good or bad is a value statement. It is clearly more productive than other similar areas, so is that a good thing? It is one of the things we are considering with all of our artificial reef work as well.

    Craig

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    Brad Weller April 30, 2015 at 3:45 am

    Hi Craig,
    Has any water quality analysis been done (say as point transects along the coast passing the gulf course, and from coast out to sea) to link the likely fertilization of the gulf course to the pollution? Is the artificial reef work still going on? I helped out one day building a few of those with you and a PhD student a few years back.

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    Craig Layman April 30, 2015 at 9:04 am

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