Zach Nickerson's (former MS student) first thesis chapter is now available online and published in Biogeochemistry. This study highlights the functional roles of three species of freshwater mussels in facilitating the removal of nitrogen from aquatic ecosystems via the processes of denitrification and anammox. Specifically, through their excretion, mussels enhanced ambient nitrogen removal and their biodeposits enhanced potential nitrogen removal. This is one of the first studies to link animal functional traits to nitrogen removal and further highlights the role of this endangered faunal group.
Dr. Carla L. Atkinson
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