Watershed Nutrients and Stoichiometry in Multi-use Catchments
Like many catchments with complex land use patterns and development history, the Onondaga Creek watershed in Central New York (home to Syracuse and SUNY-ESF) faces unique management challenges which make it compelling for studying cumulative impacts on stream ecosystems. Dr. Karin Limburg, an aquatic ecologist at ESF, and I are investigating the patterns of instream nutrients at local and synoptic (catchment-wide) scales throughout this catchment. Nutrient concentrations are monitored and loads calculated at 40 sites seasonally; in addition, experimental nutrient additions are being conducted at a subset of sites to determine if the ratios of limiting nutrients change at point sources and tributary junctures.
- Karin Limburg (SUNY-ESF)