Long-term Rocky Intertidal Monitoring on Appledore Island, Maine, 1982-2017

Shoals Marine Laboratory 2018. Long-term Rocky Intertidal Monitoring on Appledore Island, Maine, 1982-2017. Environmental Data Initiative. https://doi.org/10.6073/pasta/b8f52444f86fbefe97c5bb40673e02d5.

Featured photo: Field site on the south end of Appledore Island.

We are happy to report that this data package was published with the support EDI’s Data Management Fellowship Program. An Nguyen was a 2018 EDI Fellow at Shoals Marine Laboratory and worked with the lab’s “Rocky Intertidal Monitoring Program” long-term dataset. An worked closely with the lab’s Intertidal Ecology mentors, Drs. Kylla Benes and Chris Siddon, to prepare the dataset for publication through EDI. An also participated as a member of the lab’s Undergraduate Research Internship program, directed by Dr. James Coyer (Shoals Assistant Director of Academic Programs) and Dr. David Buck (Shoals Associate Director).

Shoals Marine Laboratory, jointly operated by Cornell University and the University of New Hampshire, has conducted annual surveys of intertidal biota on Appledore Island since 1972 and on Star Island in 1970-72 as part of a long-term monitoring program using National Park Service protocols. These transects are critical to evaluate the effects of climate change and introduced species in the Gulf of Maine, as well as to document shifts in species distribution and abundance. Intertidal Ecology Interns collect biodiversity data in intertidal transects permanently established around Appledore Island. The primary goal of the survey is to train undergraduate university students in observation, species identification, survey methodology, data collection and management, and science communication. The secondary, but equally important, goal is to generate a long-term record of intertidal biota found on Appledore Island, Maine USA.

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Intertidal Ecology Interns collecting transect data in a quadrat.
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Appledore Island

 

 

 

 

 

 

This published dataset includes species presence, abundance, size, and distribution of key intertidal organisms (macroalgae, algae, invertebrate) since 1982, the earliest year for which full records were available for digital archive. Key organisms include: winged kelp (Alaria esculenta), rockweed (Fucus spp), dead man’s fingers (Codium spp), false irish moss (Mastocarpus stellatus), hydrozoan (Campanularia spp), green sea urchin (Strongylocentrotus droebachiensis), sea stars (Asterias spp), golden star tunicate (Botryllus schlosseri), blue mussel (Mytilus edulis) and acorn barnacle (Semibalanus balanoides).

Recommended citation for this data package

Shoals Marine Laboratory 2018. Long-term Rocky Intertidal Monitoring on Appledore Island, Maine, 1982-2017. Environmental Data Initiative. https://doi.org/10.6073/pasta/b8f52444f86fbefe97c5bb40673e02d5. Dataset accessed 11/28/2018.

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