, Volume 19, Issue 1, pp 283–287 | Cite as

Distribution of the invasive reedPhragmites australis relative to sediment depth in a created wetland



This study collected new data on sediment thickness and distribution and integrated it with existing data on the distribution of plant species within a small (0.5 ha) created, tidal salt marsh in Langley, Virginia, USA. The presence of the reedPhragmites australis was found to be inversely correlated with sediment accumulation on the marsh surface. Sediment-deficient areas seem at a higher risk for invasion byP. australis and subsequent loss of designed marsh habitat. The results indicate that areas of low sediment accumulation may be used as a proxy measure for areas vulnerable to invasion. These areas can be easily delimited both in the field and on aerial photography.

Key Words

created tidal marsh sediment Phragmites australis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of GeologyCollege of William and MaryWilliamsburgUSA
  2. 2.Wetlands Program Department of Resource Management and PolicyVirginia Institute of Marine ScienceGloucester PointUSA

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