Ben Daly - Invasions Ecology Lab  

Hobart and William Smith College, Geneva, NY




My research dealt with the influence of substrate angle on the recruitment of fouling organisms. Settling plates of three different angles (90, 45,0) were deployed at York River Yacht Haven and retrieved one month later. It was determined that proximity to shore, as well as plate angle influences overall growth. Significantly more bryozoans grew as the distance from shore increased as well as when the plate angle decreased (went from 90 to 45 to 0). Possible explanations for this may include species larval behavior, predation, competition between species, and the depth of the water.

After my internship I am doing research at the Bermuda Biological Station for the fall.

I hope to work in the invasions lab in January to continue the fouling project.

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