2019 Hudson Data Jam Competition

Making data "sing" through creative expression

Now in its sixth year, the Hudson Data Jam Competition challenges students to creatively tell the science stories of the Hudson River watershed.

***Level 2: Decomposition and Microbial Growth in Tivoli Bay Plants

***Level 2: Decomposition and Microbial Growth in Tivoli Bay Plants


Cary Institute scientist, Stuart Findlay, and a student researcher walking through cattails in a marsh in Tivoli Bays. Photo provided by Heather Malcom.

Sampling Methods

Data were collected at Tivoli North Bay of the Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve in New York State. Litter was collected from two marsh plants: Phragmites australis (common reed) and Typha angustifolia (cattail). Microbial productivity was measured for both bacteria and fungi.


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Data Source: Stuart Findlay, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies.  Data were published in Findlay, S., Dye, S., and K. A. Kuehn. 2002.  Microbial growth and nitrogen retention in litter of Phragmites autralis compared to Typha angustifolia.  Wetlands, 22(3):616-625. 

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