I’m happy to finally be able to share two new publications based on our team’s work investigating saltwater intrusion and sea level rise effects in the Everglades. This is the culmination of years of work in a special place.
The first paper (published in Ecological Applications) comes from an experiment where we have been adding saltwater to the Everglades and measuring how plants and soils respond. In one sentence, we found that saltwater, at very low concentrations, decreased plant roots in soils, and at much higher concentrations, finally began to stress plants aboveground.
The second paper (Published in Ecology) comes from an experiment where we tested subsidy-stress responses associated with sea level rise. We found that although saltwater intrusion may provide a subsidy to plants through more phosphorus availability, plant roots died from salt stress, leading to peat collapse.