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Virginia Commonwealth University

1. Harris, April. Differential Response of Barrier Island Dune Grasses to Species Interactions and Burial.

Degree: MS, Biology, 2016, Virginia Commonwealth University

Dune grasses are integral to biogeomorphic feedbacks that create and alter foredunes and barrier island stability. In a glasshouse study, Ammophila breviligulata Fern. and Uniola paniculata L. were planted together and subjected to sand burial to quantify morphological and physiological response. Ammophila breviligulata physiological and morphological performance declined when planted with U. paniculata but U. paniculata was not affected when planted with A. breviligulata. Burial had a positive effect on A. breviligulata and U. paniculata as indicated by electron transport rate and total biomass at the end of the experiment. Due to their different growth strategies, A. breviligulata and U. paniculata form continuous versus hummocky dunes, respectively. As global temperatures rise and U. paniculata migrates into A. breviligulata dominated habitat, A. breviligulata performance may diminish, and changes in dune form could result in altered island stability via increased overwash. Foredune community structure could also change due to the shift in dominant species which could alter dune succession. Advisors/Committee Members: Dr. Julie Zinnert, Dr. Donald Young.

Subjects/Keywords: Ammophila breviligulata; Uniola paniculata; Climate Change; Range Expansion; Virginia Coastal Reserve (VCR); Biogeomorphic Feedbacks; Other Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

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APA (6th Edition):

Harris, A. (2016). Differential Response of Barrier Island Dune Grasses to Species Interactions and Burial. (Thesis). Virginia Commonwealth University. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.25772/9QW5-MD33 ; https://scholarscompass.vcu.edu/etd/4097

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Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Harris, April. “Differential Response of Barrier Island Dune Grasses to Species Interactions and Burial.” 2016. Thesis, Virginia Commonwealth University. Accessed March 03, 2021. https://doi.org/10.25772/9QW5-MD33 ; https://scholarscompass.vcu.edu/etd/4097.

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MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Harris, April. “Differential Response of Barrier Island Dune Grasses to Species Interactions and Burial.” 2016. Web. 03 Mar 2021.

Vancouver:

Harris A. Differential Response of Barrier Island Dune Grasses to Species Interactions and Burial. [Internet] [Thesis]. Virginia Commonwealth University; 2016. [cited 2021 Mar 03]. Available from: https://doi.org/10.25772/9QW5-MD33 ; https://scholarscompass.vcu.edu/etd/4097.

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Council of Science Editors:

Harris A. Differential Response of Barrier Island Dune Grasses to Species Interactions and Burial. [Thesis]. Virginia Commonwealth University; 2016. Available from: https://doi.org/10.25772/9QW5-MD33 ; https://scholarscompass.vcu.edu/etd/4097

Note: this citation may be lacking information needed for this citation format:
Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

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