Seagrass @ Labrador Park
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Si Hui, Jocelyne, Si Ling
We are a group of 3 Secondary 3 girls who decided to adopt the seagrasses at Labrador Park for monitoring, with Team Seagrass helping us(:
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Friday, August 17, 2007
moved!

Hello:D We have moved to http://labradorpark.wordpress.com! Please visit our new site from now on for more updates! Thank you(:

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10:22 PM



Thursday, August 16, 2007
profiling on 19 Aug!

Oh right, and i nearly forgot to mention, we will be going down to lab park this sunday to do a profile of the beach! This way, we will be able to see if the various species of seagrass found at lab park only grow at certain height above chart datum. However, as the tide on sunday will be quite high (0.8m), we will have to go down another day to finish the profiling. We will also be going down to do the soil test kits and water turbidity test another day, when we finally get the kit(:

p.s. the lab helper in our school bought a water-resistant camera for us! :D so we will be able to take more pretty pictures! which we will be uploaded soon!

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2:28 PM



due to feedback from Mr Lim, we have decided to move from blogger to wordpress! we are currently in the process of migrating and setting up our new blog, so do look out for our next post which will feature the url of our new blog! (:

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2:24 PM



Monday, July 9, 2007
The amazing talk at Botanic Gardens!

After that surprise post by our amazing RS teacher, here's what happened during the talk!

Dr Sasi Nayar, who works at the South Australia Research and Development Institure (SARDI), had been working on a project, to find out why the seagrasses, namely Posidonia and Amphibolis, off the shore of Adelaide have been disappearing.
So after an intensive 4 year study, which involved close shaves with sharks, he has come to the conclusion that eutrophication is the main cause for the loss of about 5000 Ha of seagrass.
How did he come to this conclusion?
Firstly, it was observed that loss of seagrass started from shallower areas, which is different from other places, where the loss of seagrass originated form deeper waters. Thus potential stressors were identified, and they are: Toxicants, Salinity, Turbidity, Eutrophication.
Then, over the course of the study, he and his team examined each stressor and slowly eliminated all the stressors except for eutrophication.
Thus, he has found the answers as to why the seagrasses off the shore of Adelaide have been disappearing - due to eutrophication!

(: nice work Dr Nayar! Thank goodness he was lucky enough not to be eaten by one of the many sharks off the coast of Adelaide, or he would never have been able to share with us his interesting findings :D


for more information on eutrophication, look out for another link on causes for loss of seagrass coming soon!(:

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11:23 PM



Dr Sasi Nayar, recipient of the Tan Teck Guan Gold Medal, will talk about his current research on seagrasses at the Botanic Gardens.

The 4th Award of Nature Society ( Singapore) was awarded to the best Masters and Doctoral Thesis from National Tertiary Institutions of Singapore for the period 2003-2006 on a subject related to Nature Conservation or Environmental Protection/Improvement. The award, The Tan Teck Guan Gold Medal, recognizes the best thesis of the graduates on Nature and Environment in Singapore with the winner's name inscribed on a Nature Society (Singapore) 20-gram 24 carat gold medal.

Abstract:


Since the 1940s, over 5000ha of near-shore meadow-forming seagrasses, Amphibolis and Posidonia, have been lost from Adelaide's metropolitan coastline in Southern Australia. The loss of these seagrasses is a major concern due to their importance to near-shore productivity, seabed stability and biodiversity. Engineering works and urbanisation during the 20th century

Substantially increased water flow to the coast from rivers, stormwater drains, and wastewater treatment plant discharges, sullying the metropolitan coast. Elevated levels of nutrients, toxicants and turbidity have been detected and reported regularly over the last 30 years. Each of these potential stressors has been implicated in the historical loss of seagrasses. This talk will specifically address the effect of nutrients on seagrass assessed from in-situ chamber incubations, field experiments and mesocosm (simulation of real-life conditions) trials. The presentation and talk will take place from 7pm to 9pm in the Gardens Briefing Room (next to the Botanic Gardens Shop) at the Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre (at the junction of Cluny and Nassim Roads).

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3:19 PM



Thursday, July 5, 2007
Further plans for Labrador Research

On our RS Meeting in school, we discussed about what we had done, and what we haven't done.

So basically, after some organising, we're working along 3 tracks, all of which are thalassia.

  1. Measuring Lateral growth of Thalassia (GPS Recording, tracking outline)
    → Get GPS Recordings, upload onto map of Labrador Park

2. Measuring distribution (% Cover, using transects)

(After measuring: work)
→ Average % cover each quadrat per monitoring session/ quadrat per plot
→ Look for trends: e.g. Decrease in % cover per monitoring session
→ Canopy Height: Calculate using mode and mean (per quadrat per monitoring session)

(To be measured [Fieldwork])
→ Substrate/ Sediment type
→ Epiphytes Cover
→ Algae Cover
→ Soil Turbidity/ Gradient of Beach
→ Salinity

(To be Researched)
→Meteorological conditions:
→Precipitation [which affects salinity & exposure]
→ Climatic/ Seasonal conditions (Hot & Wet/ Hot & dry)

3. Growth of Thalassia Leaf
→ Calculate Percentage Error
→Organise data (choose appropriate method)
→ Analyse and look for trends

yup basically that's all for our current to-do list! :D
see ya!


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2:30 PM



Monday, June 25, 2007
Lab Session: Follow up on Measuring Thalassia Growth

Thanks to Ms Siti and her friends who helped us 'collect' seagrass with the holes poked through them, we were able to follow up on our tests to measure seagrass growth when we returned from our various overseas trips. :D So today, we gathered in the Biology lab to study the growth of the seagrass.

Unfortunately, we realised that some of the sheaths had dropped off and there were singular leaf blades (most likely separated in the process of transportation). We were rather at a loss as to how to measure, since if there were no sheaths, we couldn't find the hole in the sheath to measure from to track the growth. Thank goodness Ms Siti was there and suggested an alternative - we would measure 2 cm from the bottom of the seagrass for uniformity. And thus we began.

We measured the distance between the holes (for most, the hole in the sheath was imagined to be present 2cm above the bottom of the seagrass) as the growth, and the length and width of each leaf blade in each thalassia plant and dutifully recorded everything down.

We were done after a few hours :) and actually, it was mostly uneventful, aside from one very sleepy person who kept reading off the wrong dimensions on the ruler, one very high person who commented oddly that measurement was more effective with wet sticky seagrass ("Because the seagrass will Stick to the Ruler!!!") and two other rather quiet people including Ms Siti. (:

Stay tuned for pictures and further posts!!

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2:35 PM