Coastal Plain Ponds
Coastal plain ponds occur in kettle-hole depressions and reach their greatest abundance on Cape Cod and southeastern Massachusetts. Fluctuating water levels along pond shorelines maintain a diverse plant flora that contains many rare plants that are found only in these ecosystems. Coastal plain ponds are threatened by municipal groundwater withdrawals, water level stabilization and nutrient loading from surrounding watersheds. I investigate how water level fluctuations influence plant distributions and how changes to water levels caused by water withdrawals will affect the distribution and persistence of shoreline plants.
A small pond near Long pond in Falmouth is an example of a high quality coastal plain pond
Fluctuating water levels along the shoreline of Mary Dunn Pond in Hyannis
Maíra Bezerra, Mario DeGregorio and Roberta Lombardi identify shoreline plant seedlings