Theses and Dissertations
Assessing the Rehabilitation Status of the Reflooded Bahia Grande, Texas Based on Trace Gas Fluxes, Benthic Macroinvertebrates, and Fish Community Data Along Salinity and Seagrass Gradients
Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Dr. David Hicks
Dr. Alejandro Fierro
Dr. Abdullah Rahman
The Bahia Grande is a 6,500-acre tidal basin located at the southernmost tip of Texas. Tidal flow into this coastal estuary was cut off by construction projects in the 1930s, causing the basin to dry up for ~70 years. In 2005, a pilot channel was built to reconnect the estuary to tidal waters, allowing the basin to refill. However, the pilot channel, in addition to other barriers within the basin, do not allow for adequate tidal exchange, leading to intermittent, extreme hypersalinity. Presumably because of the extreme hypersalinity in parts of the Bahia Grande, seagrass beds, which play vital roles in controlling community composition and driving biotic processes in estuaries, are not uniform throughout the estuary. Thus, this project aimed to develop salinity and seagrass distribution models for the Bahia Grande and to investigate changes in trace gas fluxes, fish community structure, and macroinvertebrate community structure along those gradients.
Eckert, Catherine M., "Assessing the Rehabilitation Status of the Reflooded Bahia Grande, Texas Based on Trace Gas Fluxes, Benthic Macroinvertebrates, and Fish Community Data Along Salinity and Seagrass Gradients" (2019). Theses and Dissertations. 447.
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