Wetland Ecology at Pymatuning Laboratory of Ecology – Day 3

Students building their collections of hydrophytic plants.

Hydrology and Hydrophytic Vegetation.  Day 3 of wetland ecology at Pymatuning Lab challenged us a bit, but it ended well with some fun botanizing and a few students sinking far enough in the muck to submerge their waders (what fun would it be if nobody got wet?).  This morning, we discussed aspects of wetland hydrology and hydrophytic vegetation, and then departed for the field  – when one of the vans promptly got a flat tire.  Luckily we were at the housing site so the students had an early lunch while the situation was resolved.  We made it to Pymatuning Creek Marsh by the early afternoon, and the students learned to identify some common wetland plants in preparation for quantitative data collection tomorrow.  We also installed a few temporary surface wells equipped with water-level loggers to monitor water-level variability over the next week – hopefully we will be able to see diurnal fluctuations.

Biogeochemistry and more plant ecology tomorrow!

Pictures and video below..



PLE Day 3, a set on Flickr.


Posted on May 16, 2012, in Fieldwork, Wetland Ecology & Management (PLE) and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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