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dc.contributor.advisorLevinton, Jeffreyen_US
dc.contributor.authorStarke, Adam Faulkneren_US
dc.contributor.otherDepartment of Marine and Atmospheric Scienceen_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-05-15T18:06:54Z
dc.date.available2012-05-15T18:06:54Z
dc.date.issued1-May-10en_US
dc.date.submittedMay-10en_US
dc.identifierStarke_grad.sunysb_0771M_10026.pdfen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1951/55632
dc.description.abstractThe Hudson River was once home to abundant eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginica, (Gremlin 1791) populations which catered to an enormous fishery and supplied a number of vital ecological services to the estuary. Since this time, oysters have become depleted and the estuary's vitality has been compromised. Recognizing the current state of the Hudson, a comprehensive restoration plan has been implemented and targets the recovery of oysters and oyster reefs. To begin moving forward with these plans, a two year study investigating the physiological responses of the oyster to New York's Hudson River was made. The results have provided useful insights to the rivers potential for proposed large-scale restoration efforts. Results showed poor growth but potentially high survival of mature hatchery-reared oysters through the growing season. Observed recruitment of oysters is encouraging, signifying the system can still support the early stages of life. Still, there remains a number of potentially limiting conditions that will ultimately dictate the recovery efforts.To best the chances of restoration of these reefs, a focus is needed in areas that provide conditions congenial to reef development. To begin identifying these areas, a spatial assessment of some basic environmental conditions across the lower Hudson was made. The result of this restoration suitability index show that much of the river is unsuitable for reef construction, though there remains a number of potentially ideal regions to focus on. Future work in this region should focus attention to these areas with the goal of elucidating the long term potential for restoring populations of oysters to this system.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipStony Brook University Libraries. SBU Graduate School in Department of Marine and Atmospheric Science. Lawrence Martin (Dean of Graduate School).en_US
dc.formatElectronic Resourceen_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherThe Graduate School, Stony Brook University: Stony Brook, NY.en_US
dc.subject.lcshBiology, Ecology -- Geographic Information Sciences -- Wildlife Conservationen_US
dc.subject.otherHudson River, Oyster, Physiology, Restorationen_US
dc.titleRestoration of the Hudson River Oyster: A physiological and spatial assessment of Crassostrea virginica's restoration potential in the Hudson River, NYen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.description.advisorAdvisor(s): Jeffrey Levinton. Committee Member(s): Robert Cerrato; Bassem Allam.en_US
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