Marsh periwinkle snails, chompin on Spartina alterniflora in Bay Jimmy.
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Everything is shiny and new at the beginning of the experiment (June 2016).
In November 2015, we started by collecting seed to grow endophyte-low Spartina alterniflora plants.
Rachel also feels good about mud.
Joyce extracting some PAHs.
Steve and Rachel taking a minute to admire the beauty.
John and Joyce don’t let the storm hinder their field chemistry!
Steve and Rachel collecting mud.
The good ship CBR Maverick (it needs a real name!) supporting our field work.
Alison, Liz, Bri, and Rachel mix soil for the pots.
Tasty soil and microbes.
John and Joyce don’t let a storm get in the way of field chemistry!
A Louisiana afternoon rainshower looming.
Steve happier than a pig in…
Steve presenting results at the ESA 2016 meeting in Fort Lauderdale.
Some healthy looking Spartina alterniflora in the greenhouse.
Bri, John, and Sonny collecting mud.
Happy looking plant. However 2 liters of oil were just mixed into its pot. We’ll see what happens…
Bay Jimmy, LA
Collecting mud in Bay Jimmy.
Measuring erosion at Bay Jimmy, LA
Rachel, Miranda, and Bri mixing soil and oil.
Rachel potting plants.
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The experiment at the beginning.
The oil that we put on the plants. It was skimmed from the ocean surface during the oil spill. The weathering has gotten rid of most of the volatile chemicals and has the consistency of peanut butter.
Sprouted Surface Sterilized Spartina Seed
Surface sterilized seeds germinating. This is what we eventually planted in the greenhouse.
Seedlings on day they were moved to Greenhouse
The plants after they were moved from the growth chamber to the greenhouse.
Bri sieving plant matter from the mud.
OUr homogenized mud that we planted our plants in.
Experiment Day 1! After seedlings are transplanted to screened marsh mud
The plants starting out in marsh mud.
Rachel Froelich after cleaning greenhouse (May 2016)
Rachel helping to organize the greenhouse.
Steve frowns sternly at this tarball we found out in Bay Jimmy during June, 2016. 6 years after the oil spill.
Miranda looking at some cultures…
Sunshine sieving plant matter from the mud.