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1 April 2015 Soil Organic Carbon and Nitrogen Storage in Two Southern California Salt Marshes: The Role of Pre-Restoration Vegetation
Jason K. Keller, Tyler Anthony, Dustin Clark, Kristin Gabriel, Dewmini Gamalath, Ryan Kabala, Julie King, Ladyssara Medina, Monica Nguyen
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Abstract

Soil organic carbon and nitrogen storage represent important ecosystem services provided by salt marshes. To test the importance of vegetation on soil properties, we measured organic carbon, total nitrogen, and belowground biomass in two southern California salt marshes. In both marshes, cores were collected from areas which differed in dominant vegetation cover prior to the restoration of tidal influence. There were no differences in organic carbon or total nitrogen density between vegetation classes at either site; however, a relationship between belowground biomass and soil organic carbon suggests that vegetation may influence soil properties.

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Jason K. Keller, Tyler Anthony, Dustin Clark, Kristin Gabriel, Dewmini Gamalath, Ryan Kabala, Julie King, Ladyssara Medina, and Monica Nguyen "Soil Organic Carbon and Nitrogen Storage in Two Southern California Salt Marshes: The Role of Pre-Restoration Vegetation," Bulletin, Southern California Academy of Sciences 114(1), 22-32, (1 April 2015). https://doi.org/10.3160/0038-3872-114.1.22
Published: 1 April 2015
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