Bay Grasses

Learn about underwater bay grasses, also known as submerged aquatic vegetation or SAV. Bay grasses provide food and refuge for blue crabs, striped bass, and many other Bay organisms, but are under threat from cloudy waters and rising temperatures. For a more detailed look at SAV research and restoration activities, visit our SAV Program, the center of  SAV science at VIMS.

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Five Most Recent Journal Articles

  1. Sobocinski, K.L. and R.J. Latour, 2015. Trophic transfer in seagrass systems: estimating seasonal production of an abundant seagrass fish, Bairdiella chrysoura, in lower Chesapeake Bay. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 523: p. 157-174.
  2. Jarvis, J.C. and K.A. Moore, 2015. Effects of seed source, sediment type, and burial depth on mixed-nnual and perennial Zostera marina L. seed germination and seedling establishment. Estuaries and Coasts, 38(3): p. 964-978.
  3. Duffy, J.E., et al., 2015. Biodiversity mediates top-down control in eelgrass ecosystems: a global comparative-experimental approach. Ecology Letters, 18(7): p. 696-705.
  4. Tulipani, D.C. and R.N. Lipcius, 2014. Evidence of eelgrass (Zostera marina) seed dispersal by Northern Diamondback Terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin terrapin) in Lower Chesapeake Bay. PLOS One, 9(7).
  5. Reynolds, P.L., J.P. Richardson, and J.E. Duffy, 2014. Field experimental evidence that grazers mediate transition between microalgal and seagrass dominance. Limnology and Oceanography, 59(3): p. 1053-1064.

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