Date of Award
Program or Major
Natural Resources: Water Resources
Master of Science
William H McDowell
Higher non-point source nutrient inputs are one of many impacts associated with the "urban stream syndrome". Research on how non-point source pollution affects the stoichiometry of urban stream food webs has received little attention, however. This study quantified food web stoichiometry in nine headwater, detritus-based streams draining forested or suburban watersheds in northeastern, coastal Massachusetts.
While this study suggests that suburbanization can affect in-stream nutrient recycling by consumers, research that quantifies changes to biomass of different in-stream compartments is needed to calculate the extent of such impacts on suburban stream ecosystems.
Morse, Nathaniel Burr, "Impacts of suburbanization on food web stoichiometry of detritus-based streams" (2010). Master's Theses and Capstones. 609.