In the fall of 2018 I started a Master’s program in the Department of Geography and the Environment at Villanova University. I am now in Nathaniel Weston’s lab, studying salt marshes. As part of the Weston lab, I performed field and lab work in support of National Science Foundation (NSF) funded projects at the Delaware River salt marshes, and the Plum Island Ecosystem Long Term Ecological Research Site. I utilized an EGM-4 PP systems to measure carbon, SETs to measure short term accretion, YSI to measured pH and oxygen, and measured 210Pb and 137Cs on cores using a gamma counter.
In December of 2018 my thesis proposal was accepted. My study site is Plum Island, Massachusetts. My thesis is Tidal Marsh Response to Sediment Deposition from Seasonal Storms. I’m currently writing my thesis. As part of my thesis, I performed loss on ignition protocols for measuring organic content, measured above- and belowground biomass, and used a spectrophotometer to measure ammonium, nitrate, and phosphate on porewater.