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Dataset Title:  Mean plot-level responses observed in an experiment conducted at Zeke's Island
National Estuarine Research Reserve where abundance of the seaweed Gracilaria
vermiculophylla was manipulated to assess impact on multiple ecosystem functions
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Institution:  BCO-DMO   (Dataset ID: bcodmo_dataset_716208)
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 Plot (unitless) ?          1    48
 TrtPeg (unitless (count)) ?          0    400
 Gcvr (unitless (percent)) ?          0.0    71.6
 Epi (number per square meter (# m^-2)) ?          0.0    372.0
 EpiRich (taxa per square meter (taxa m^-2)) ?          0.0    7.756209804
 Dsln (grams per day (g d^-1)) ?          6.832777778    10.24375
 DslnFlip (grams per day (g d^-1)) ?          4.27375    7.684722222
 Sed (centimeters per month (cm mo^-1)) ?          -0.434583226    1.016394
 Nrsy (number per square meter (# m^-2)) ?          0.182857143    11.325
 NrsyRich (taxa per square meter (taxa m^-2)) ?          0.771292328    2.115544672
 Dcmp (grams per month (g mo^-1)) ?          0.818045676    1.370524897
 Infa_sr (number per liter (# L^-1)) ?          4.526935265    46.40108646
 InfaRich_sr (taxa per liter (taxa L^-1)) ?          1.018735978    4.07494391
 Rays_sr (number per square meter per day (# m^-2 d^-1)) ?          0.106666667    0.613333333
 RaysFlip_sr (number per square meter per day (# m^-2 d^-1)) ?          0.0    0.506666667
 Wfwl_sr (number per square meter per hour (# m^-2 h^-1)) ?          0.0    0.433333333
 
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The Dataset Attribute Structure (.das) for this Dataset

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    String bcodmo_name "site";
    String description "The experimental plot, numbered from West to East";
    String long_name "Plot";
    String units "unitless";
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    String description "The density treatment in total number of u-pegs assigned to each plot";
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    String units "unitless (count)";
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    Float64 actual_range 0.0, 71.6;
    String bcodmo_name "cover_pcent";
    String description "The average Gracilaria cover (%) maintained in each plot over the course of the experiment";
    String long_name "GCVR";
    String units "unitless (percent)";
  }
  Epi {
    Float64 _FillValue NaN;
    Float64 actual_range 0.0, 372.0;
    String bcodmo_name "abundance";
    String description "Mean abundance of epifauna";
    String long_name "Epi";
    String nerc_identifier "https://vocab.nerc.ac.uk/collection/P03/current/B070/";
    String units "number per square meter (# m^-2)";
  }
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    Float64 _FillValue NaN;
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    String bcodmo_name "abundance";
    String description "Mean richness of epifauna taxa";
    String long_name "Epi Rich";
    String nerc_identifier "https://vocab.nerc.ac.uk/collection/P03/current/B070/";
    String units "taxa per square meter (taxa m^-2)";
  }
  Dsln {
    Float64 _FillValue NaN;
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    String bcodmo_name "unknown";
    String description "Mean chalk dissolution expressed as mass lost in grams per day";
    String long_name "DSLN";
    String units "grams per day (g d^-1)";
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    Float64 _FillValue NaN;
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    String description "Mean reflected chalk dissolution; calculated as an intermediate step and intended to be standardized on a scale of 0-1 when used in any analysis.";
    String long_name "Dsln Flip";
    String units "grams per day (g d^-1)";
  }
  Sed {
    Float64 _FillValue NaN;
    Float64 actual_range -0.434583226, 1.016394;
    String bcodmo_name "unknown";
    String description "Mean sediment stabilization expressed as the change in height in cm per month";
    String long_name "Sed";
    String units "centimeters per month (cm mo^-1)";
  }
  Nrsy {
    Float64 _FillValue NaN;
    Float64 actual_range 0.182857143, 11.325;
    String bcodmo_name "abundance";
    String description "Mean abundance of nursery species";
    String long_name "NRSY";
    String nerc_identifier "https://vocab.nerc.ac.uk/collection/P03/current/B070/";
    String units "number per square meter (# m^-2)";
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    String description "Mean richness of nursery taxa";
    String long_name "Nrsy Rich";
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    String units "taxa per square meter (taxa m^-2)";
  }
  Dcmp {
    Float64 _FillValue NaN;
    Float64 actual_range 0.818045676, 1.370524897;
    String bcodmo_name "unknown";
    String description "Mean decomposition of Spartina stems expressed as mass lost per month";
    String long_name "DCMP";
    String units "grams per month  (g mo^-1)";
  }
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    String description "Mean abundance of infauna; the suffix \"sr\" denotes supporting responses only measured near the end of the experiment";
    String long_name "Infa Sr";
    String nerc_identifier "https://vocab.nerc.ac.uk/collection/P03/current/B070/";
    String units "number per liter (# L^-1)";
  }
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    String units "taxa per liter (taxa L^-1)";
  }
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    String description "Mean number of ray holes; the suffix \"sr\" denotes supporting responses only measured near the end of the experiment";
    String long_name "Rays Sr";
    String units "number per square meter per day (# m^-2 d^-1)";
  }
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    String units "number per square meter per day (# m^-2 d^-1)";
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    String description "Mean abundance of waterfowl; the suffix \"sr\" denotes supporting responses only measured near the end of the experiment";
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    String nerc_identifier "https://vocab.nerc.ac.uk/collection/P03/current/B070/";
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"For complete methodology, see Ramus et al., 2017
(doi:[10.1073/pnas.1700353114](\\\\\"https://dx.doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1700353114\\\\\")).
In summary:  
 The experiment was carried out on intertidal mud and sandflats located
within the Zeke\\u2019s Island National Estuarine Research Reserve (33.95 N,
77.94 W), North Carolina, USA. We manipulated six densities (n = 8 per
treatment) of the nonnative seaweed Gracilaria vermiculophylla in 48 large 25
square meter\\u00a0plots over a 10-month period. We selected three low-
intertidal flats spanning over 1 km in the reserve that differed in area, flow
regimes, Gracilaria cover, grain size, and proximity to the Spartina salt
marsh. The three flats represented the continuum of estuarine habitats where
Gracilaria naturally occurs in this area. We established the 48 plots along
the mean low water line at 5-m intervals by adding 3-m steel rebar 1.2 m into
the substrate at each plot-corner. Treatments were randomly assigned to the
plots to avoid potentially confounding small-scale effects of site (and all
plots had only few Diopatra tubes). Gracilaria was fixed in a plot with metal
'u-pegs'\\u00a0(constructed from clothes hangers) by physically staking
handful-sized 'clumps'\\u00a0of loose thalli to the sediment surface. Pegs were
flushed with the sediment surface to avoid above-surface experimental
artifacts. Our six treatments were based on the total number of pegs per 25
square meters\\u00a0(arranged in squared grids) as follows: 0 (0\\u00d70), 9
(3\\u00d73), 36 (6\\u00d76), 100 (10\\u00d710), 225 (15\\u00d715), and 400
(20\\u00d720). Gracilaria was collected from nearby locations and added to
plots in the u-peg grids in August 2013. Treatments were maintained and
response variables quantified approximately monthly from September 2013 to
June 2014 (treatments were maintained and measured at total of 10 times). For
each plot visit we quantified the cover of Gracilaria (in 10 randomly placed
0.25 square meter\\u00a0quadrats per plot) and seven ecosystem functions (see
next section for detail) before maintaining Gracilaria densities (by
replenishing u-pegs devoid of Gracilaria and manually removing Gracilaria from
control plots).
 
To examine the effect of Gracilaria on epifauna, we positioned a 0.25 square
meter\\u00a0quadrat in the center of each plot and collected all Gracilaria and
its associated epifauna into a ziptop bag. In the laboratory, Gracilaria was
rinsed in freshwater and shaken for about 1 min to remove epifauna, which were
captured on a 500 micron sieve. Epifauna were identified and enumerated to
broad taxonomic groupings (typically family level) under a stereomicroscope
(~18x, Nikon SMZ800). For simplicity, all faunal data were standardized to
unit area. Taxonomic richness was rescaled to unit area using the species-area
relationship\\u00a0and assuming a conservative value of 0.15 for z.
 
To quantify whether Gracilaria attenuates hydrodynamic forces, we used gypsum
dissolution blocks that dissolve at a rate proportional to water velocity and
thus represent an integrated proxy for tidal currents and wave exposure. We
created gypsum blocks as hemispheres (\\u2300 = 6.5 cm) from dental plaster
(Die Keen, Heraeus Kalzer), covered on the bottom with two layers of
polyurethane to ensure that an equal surface area would be subject to
dissolution. Gypsum blocks were dried at 60 degrees C for a minimum of 24 h
before recording the initial mass and deploying one block flush with the
substrate surface in the center of each plot for 4 d. Following retrieval,
gypsum blocks were dried and reweighed, and the dissolution rate calculated as
grams of gypsum dissolved per day. Because lower dissolution rates indicate
greater flow reduction, dissolution rates were reflected using the equation
\\u2013fi+max(fi), so that greater flow reduction corresponds with a positive
contribution to ecosystem functioning.
 
To examine the effect of Gracilaria on sediment stabilization, we marked all
corner poles at 20 cm above the substrate surface in August 2013. The distance
between the marking and substrate surface was measured with a ruler to the
nearest 0.5 cm at the end of each month. We calculated the monthly (30 d)
change in height in cm by subtracting the final from initial distance to the
substrate (using the average of the 4 corners per plot) and correcting for the
time interval between measurements. Accretion and erosion are represented as
positive and negative values, respectively.
 
To assess the effectiveness of Gracilaria as a nursery habitat for
commercially and recreationally important species, we sampled the entire plot
using a 1.2-m high \\u00d7 6.7-m wide nylon seine net (The Fish Net Company,
Jonesville, LA; mesh size = 3.175 mm) during a falling tide. Upon completion
of a pass, we swiftly pulled the net taught, tilted it into a horizontal
position, and lifted it from the water into an adjacent boat (R/V Adelaide) in
a single motion. Organisms (greater than 1 cm) retained on the boat were
identified to the family-level and enumerated before being returned to the
water. Abundances were reported per unit area (dividing by 25 square meters)
and richness data were rescaled to unit area using the species\\u2013area
relationship\\u00a0and assuming a conservative value of 0.15 for z.
 
To quantify the effect of Gracilaria on decomposition processes, standing dead
Spartina stems were collected from adjacent salt marshes, washed, and dried at
60 degrees C for a minimum of 72 h (until no further weight loss). We pooled
multiple stems to achieve an initial mass of 7.0 +/-\\u00a00.5 g and placed
them inside a mesh litter bag, which was closed and deployed on the sediment
surface in the center of each plot. Bags were retrieved just prior to the next
treatment maintenance. Remaining stem material was washed, dried, and weighed
and decomposition rate was reported as the mass lost in grams per month.
 
To simplify our analyses and remove temporal autocorrelation, we calculated
the average response of each function in each plot using the full 10 month
data set (48 plots sampled each month). At the end of the experiment we
measured four additional functions (months 8 through 10). Because we did not
have seasonal data for these responses they were excluded from the main
analysis of multifunction effects.
 
To sample benthic infauna, triplicate core samples (5-cm diameter, 15-cm
depth, volume = 294.5 cubic cm) were taken equidistant along a diagonal
transect of each plot on June 25, 2014. The three sediment core samples from
each plot were pooled into a ziptop bag. Upon return to the laboratory, the
content of each bag were drained and rinsed over a 1-mm mesh sieve to remove
fine sediments. Infauna retained on the sieve were preserved in 75% ethanol.
The 1-mm mesh-size was chosen to concentrate sampling efforts on juvenile and
early life stages of crustaceans, molluscs, and larger polychaete taxa.
Infauna were identified and enumerated under a stereomicroscope (~18x, Nikon
SMZ800) to families, and, in some cases, phyla. Infaunal data were
standardized and rescaled to unit volume (using the reciprocal of 0.8836 L and
a conservative z of 0.15) following the same methods described previously for
epifauna and nursery functions.
 
To evaluate the effect of Gracilaria on ray foraging activity, we counted the
number of ray holes in each plot on 3 to 4 different days in a given month. We
here report the average number of ray holes standardized to unit area (by
dividing by 25 square meters) during a given low tide on a single day.
 
To investigate the association of waterfowl with Gracilaria, we delimited the
48 plots into four sites based on spatial proximity (plots 1-12, 13-24, 25-36,
and 37-48) and surveyed all waterfowl activity occurring within a site
(containing 12 plots) for a 15-min period during low tide. Bird counts were
made through binoculars from our research vessel from a distance of about 100
m to avoid disturbances arising from our presence. We tallied the number of
birds initially present, and that became present, within the boundaries of
each plot during the observation period. After completing the 15-min
observation of a site, we moved to a new vantage point for observing the next
12 plots. Hence, by repeating this procedure at all sites, all 48 plots were
sampled with equivalent effort in a ~1 h period. Because measurements were
made on 1 to 3 different days in a given month, we present the average number
of birds tallied per unit area (by dividing by 25 square meters) per unit time
(by multiplying by 4; 15 min x 4 = 60 min = 1 h) of low tide.";
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 PI: Brian R. Silliman (Duke) 
 Co-PI: Aaron Ramus (UNCW) 
 Version: 05 October 2017";
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"In terrestrial communities, grazer-facilitation of fungal disease in plants has been studied for over a century. Despite the prevalence of this interaction in terrestrial systems, it was not considered relevant to the structure of marine plant communities until the investigator's recent work in salt marshes. By manipulating both grazer and fungal presence, he demonstrated that snail grazing and subsequent fungal infection in live grass led to drastic reductions in plant growth and, at high grazer densities, destruction of canopy. If grazer promotion of fungal disease in marine plants is not limited to marshes (as suggested by preliminary data from a world-wide survey of 4 marine plant ecosystems) then small grazers that take small bites out of plants could be exerting similarly strong, but undetected control over marine plants globally. In addition, since physical stress commonly reduces plant immune responses, intensifying multiple stressors associated with marine global change could intensify and destabilize these unstudied grazer-disease-plant interactions. To test the global generality of this potentially keystone ecological interaction, this project will answer the following questions with a combination of multi-site surveys and manipulations across 4 ecosystems spanning 2 continents: 1) Is grazer facilitation of fungal disease in marine plants a common but overlooked interaction? 2) What is the resultant impact of grazer-facilitated fungal infection on marine plant growth? 3) How do multiple stressors impact the strength of grazer facilitation of fungal disease in marine plants? The work represents a transformative step forward in our understanding of plant-grazer interactions in marine ecosystems as it fills a > 100-year intellectual gap in our understanding of top-down control in marine plant ecosystems: Do small grazers commonly facilitate fungal disease in marine plants and does this interaction suppress plant growth?
Evidence for this cryptic, yet powerful mechanism of grazer regulation of marine plants will compel marine ecologists to reevaluate our understanding of top-down control and lead to widespread integration of disease dynamics in marine food web ecology.
The consequences of marine plant ecosystem health are far-reaching for humans, since these communities provide many essential services. Results from this study will allow managers to better predict effects of disease and global change on marine plant systems and formulate effective strategies for conservation. To help integrate plant disease dynamics into marine ecology and conservation, the investigator will: (1) produce an edited volume on Food Webs and Disease in Marine Ecosystems and (2) work closely with The Nature Conservancy to incorporate findings into their global marine learning exchanges. In addition, an integrated educational plan will increase student: (1) understanding of disease and food web dynamics in marine ecosystems and (2) consideration of marine science careers.";
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For example,
https://coastwatch.pfeg.noaa.gov/erddap/tabledap/pmelTaoDySst.htmlTable?longitude,latitude,time,station,wmo_platform_code,T_25&time>=2015-05-23T12:00:00Z&time<=2015-05-31T12:00:00Z
Thus, the query is often a comma-separated list of desired variable names, followed by a collection of constraints (e.g., variable<value), each preceded by '&' (which is interpreted as "AND").

For details, see the tabledap Documentation.


 
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