Webinar on Harnessing Biological Partnerships to Improve Coastal Restoration

Webinar on Harnessing Biological Partnerships to Improve Coastal Restoration
59min 43sec

On Tuesday, February 5, 2019, Dr. Brian Silliman gave a presentation on the role of positive interactions between species in boosting ecosystem resilience and recovery. Dr. Silliman then discussed his Lenfest project where he is collaborating with restoration managers and other scientists to integrate this knowledge into coastal restoration design. Dr. Silliman and his team expect that by accounting for positive interactions between species, we could as much as double coastal restoration yields at no additional cost.

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Research to Harness Biological Partnerships for Marsh and Seagrass Restoration

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Research to Harness Biological Partnerships for Marsh and Seagrass Restoration

Salt marshes and other coastal habitats have been degraded worldwide by development, altered river flows, and other human impacts. This degradation can result in a loss of flood protection, reduced shellfish production, and increased nutrient pollution. Many land managers have sought to mitigate these effects through large-scale restoration— planting marsh grasses, seagrasses, oysters, and other ecologically important species. But restoration can be prohibitively expensive, and it has at times required repeated replanting. Recently, small-scale field experiments have suggested that restoration could be improved by taking advantage of natural partnerships between organisms, both within the same species and between different species. If these effects could be harnessed for restoration, it could increase success rates and reduce costs.