Understanding the journey from salt marsh seed to seedling
During his PhD, Zhiyuan Zhao investigated what factors allow seedlings to ground and persist in saltmarshes. Findings demonstrate that the seed-based growth in salt marshes is much more intricate than previously expected. Furthermore, we provide insight into the critical factors that have overriding effects on each recruitment process and highlight the variability of their impacts across species and among sites.
The results provide guidelines and valuable first-hand data for future model efforts to simulate salt marsh evolution and identify demographic stages that drive recruitment failures. More importantly, this mechanistic process study can be translated into practical guidelines for effective conservation and restoration of salt marshes through seed-based or seedling-based approaches, thereby contributing to incorporating salt marshes in nature-based applications such as coastal defense, climate stability, or carbon sequestration.
Adventures of salt marsh recruits - Mechanistically understanding the journey from seed to seedling
19 October 2022 - 14:15h
Utrecht University Hall, Domplein 29
PhD candidate: Zhiyuan Zhao
PhD supervisor(s): Prof. Dr. T.J. Bouma, Prof. dr. L. Yuan