Trashy! A multi-season study of anthropogenic and organic litter in riparian areas along the Great Miami River.
Allyson A. Allen, Emily Marie Berkshire, Charles M. Brockman, Herbert K. Burroughs, Pepper Julia Cantwell, Olivia P. Fenner, Grace A. Janszen, Catherine G. Landry, Morgan E. Mieland, Miles Ellison Muratore, Emerson R. Phares, Megan Ann Poole, Kendall E. Ridgley, Michaela M. Rogers, Rianna Soltis, Adelaide Lorraine Starks, Amanda N. Thieneman, Valerie Nicole Thurston, Cheryl Vargas, Juliana Marie Vollmer
Rivers act as conduits of both anthropogenic and organic litter that eventually reach oceans. Few studies have investigated how anthropogenic litter and organic litter vary along gradients from the river’s edge into riparian ecosystems, if anthropogenic and organic litter are spatially coupled with one another, and how anthropogenic litter composition varies across riparian areas. The ecosystem ecology lab (BIO 459L) has been studying riparian litter for the last couple of years along the Great Miami River. We set up transects to look at anthropogenic and organic litter from the river’s edge, and every two meters inland up to 10m. We found evidence that anthropogenic litter and organic litter are spatially coupled, and that the composition of anthropogenic litter changes along a gradient from the river’s edge to inside riparian areas. This type of information can help land managers understand how to manage litter in riparian areas of the Miami Valley.
Chelse M. Prather, Ryan William Reihart
Primary Advisor's Department
Stander Symposium project, College of Arts and Sciences
United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
Life Below Water; Life on Land
"Trashy! A multi-season study of anthropogenic and organic litter in riparian areas along the Great Miami River." (2022). Stander Symposium Projects. 2435.