Dec 30

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Hudson River Changes

David Strayer and his colleagues have tracked
25 years of data on the Hudson River.

Photo credit: Juliancolton

Transcript of the Audio Podcast:

Taking the health history of the Hudson River… on this CurrentCast.

Ecologist David Strayer and his colleagues at the Carey Institute of Ecosystem Studies have analyzed the Hudson River for decades.

Looking at more than twenty years of data, they noticed that the impacts of invasive zebra mussels have changed over time. For example, small organisms called zooplankton that initially died back have now rebounded.

Strayer: “And so we’re seeing this sort of long-term invasion dynamic, and that hasn’t been studied very much, even though a lot of ecosystems have been invaded, just because ecologists haven’t been able to track the systems for long enough.”

So Strayer says that to better manage rivers, we should monitor their health like we do our own – with regular checkups that allow us to respond as conditions change.

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David Strayer, photo by S. Cillo



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