Influence of Coastal Marshes on Sedimentation
This summer I’ll be using an ecomorphology flume— an artificial channel of water made to simulate the movement of water through a deltaic marsh— in McCone Hall to determine how wetland vegetation, particularly the biofilm that grows on the vegetation, influences sedimentation rate. I’ll be helping to set up the experiments, collect water samples from a pump attached to the flume, as well as process the samples and data collected to see how suspended sediment in the flume changes with time. From this lab work, we hope to better understand the role of river deltas in the trapping of sediment and the promotion of coastal land growth.
Message To SponsorI really appreciate the opportunity to be able to continue working on this project, a project I’ve really enjoyed working on for the past academic year. I’ve always wanted to learn more about the research process on a topic that relates to my interests (hydrology/coastal engineering), and being able to dedicate my summer to being a researcher will be an invaluable experience for me.
Major: Civil and Environmental Engineering
Mentor: Laurel Larsen
Sponsor: Cheunkarndee Fund