Spikey saltmarsh sampled

University of Newcastle PHD student, Rushna, conducting fieldwork along the Georges River, looking for the spikey weed called Juncus acutus
University of Newcastle PHD student, Rushna, conducting fieldwork

Recently, Georges Riverkeeper assisted University of Newcastle PHD student, Rushna, to conduct fieldwork along the Georges River. We were on the hunt for Juncus acutus, a spikey, invasive, saltmarsh plant. As part of his PHD, Rushna intends to investigate how effective these plants are accumulating metals from surrounding sediment compared to native species. The findings will also be a useful addition to other observations of metal contamination throughout the estuary. Further research during Rushna’s PHD will investigate how these metals will be transported up the food chain, with plans to sample migratory shorebird feathers for metal accumulation later on.

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