BIC Coffee Hour Lecture Series: Dunes and Grasses: A Hog Island Experiment

Speaker: Elsemarie deVries. Cost: Free.

BIC Coffee Hour Lecture Series: Dunes and Grasses: A Hog Island Experiment

UNC-Chapel Hill graduate student Elsemarie deVries will present her research on the topography and vegetation on Hog Island.

Dune grasses thrive in the harsh environment of the beach, and the dunes that grow along with the grasses provide protection for the island, marsh, bay, and mainland. In an effort to better understand the interactions between grasses and sand accumulation, grasses were planted on Hog Island in May 2014.  Elsemarie will explain the motivation for the experiment and present results from 2014 and early 2015.  She will also describe her work analyzing dunes along the East Coast with satellite imagery and topographic data as well as present some high resolution photographs of the experiment site.

Elsemarie deVries just finished her first year as a Ph.D. student in Dr. Laura Moore’s lab at the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill in the Geological Sciences Department. When working on Hog Island, she stays in Oyster, VA at the Anheuser-Busch Coastal Research Station and enjoys the Eastern Shore life. She graduated from Wheaton College (IL) last May and hails from Somerset, Pennsylvania.