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2016 - Grant Award - £575.04

The primary goal for this project is to establish the relative abundance and biodiversity of sessile and colonial invertebrates (bryozoans, tunicates, sponges, barnacles and bivalves) that attach to settlement tiles immersed along the fresh water and brackish water stretches of the River Medway and out into the sea water of the Thames Estuary north of Whitstable, Kent. The secondary Goal is to establish the effect of the surface texture and orientation of the settlement tiles (Lego base plates) on population patterns (attachment and growth).
 
The specific research objectives are as follows: 

  • To establish the relative biodiversity and abundance of sessile and colonial invertebrates at eight sampling sites that span the fresh and brackish waters of the River Medway and out into the sea water of the Thames Estuary north of Whitstable, Kent.
  • To identify species that show a tolerance for fresh/brackish/sea water.
  • To establish the effect of the orientation of settlement tiles on the pattern of settlement tile populations over a six-month period (April to September).
  • To establish the effect of the surface texture (protrusions vs indentations) on the pattern of settlement tile population.
  • To establish the distribution of non-native and/or invasive species.

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