Mark S. Peterson, Ph.D.

Research Interests:
Faunal Composition and Food Web Dynamics in Natural versus Constructed Intertidal Oyster Reefs in the Northern Gulf of Mexico

(with A. Stricklin, C. May, C. Mohrman, J.D. Lopez, and M. Woodrey)

This work was a partnership approach to sustainable restoration.  Below find images of initial construction, sampling procedures, and the site after completion of the new oyster reef.  This work was done at the Grand Bay National Estaurine Research Reserve (NERR) during 2006 through 2008.

Alix Stricklin, Chris May, Mark Woodrey and Mark Peterson (with pole) setting up the erosion poles at the slat marsh edge sites for oyster restoration project.

Alix Stricklin, Chris May, Mark Woodrey and Mark
Peterson (with pole) setting up the erosion poles at
the salt marsh edge sites for oyster restoration project.

 

Bags of oyster cultch used in oyster restoration project.

Bags of oyster cultch used in oyster restoration project.

Alix Stricklin placing the bags with cultch into sampling trays prior to deployment.

Alix Stricklin placing the bags with cultch into
sampling trays prior to deployment.

John Lopez placing sampling grid into the intertidal waters used to randomly place oyster trays.

John Lopez placing sampling grid into the intertidal
waters used to randomly place oyster trays.

Completed restored oyster site in Grand Bay National Estaurine Research Reserve (NERR)

Completed restored oyster site in Grand Bay
National Estaurine Research Reserve (NERR)