Science activity

Science activity #53151, updated 31 January 2024

From Microbes to Zooplankton, What Defines a Beneficial Wetland?

Description / purpose

Our study will characterize species diversity at multiple levels of biological organization in the water column of restoring wetlands in the upper San Francisco Estuary and Delta (SFE), from bacteria to fishes. In doing so, we will also describe the foodweb benefits being provided to larval fishes, including longfin smelt, through additional dietary DNA analysis. We will use the species diversity we find in the water column to identify a subset of biota that are indicative of the conditions present in wetlands in different stages of restoration (early, intermediate, and mature) and identify connections between those indicators to the foodweb resources being provided to higher trophic levels. We will study 3-4 wetlands in each of 3 stages: early (unvegetated), intermediate (partially vegetated and partially channelized), and mature (fully vegetated and channelized) wetlands.

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Activity status

  • 1 Awarded / Initiating (2021)
  • 2 In progress / Ongoing (2021 - 2023)
  • 3 Complete

Funding summary

Total allocated funding: $579,386

Label Value
Contract # or labor code DSC-21009
Implementing organization San Francisco State University, Estuary & Ocean Science Center
Funding organization Delta Stewardship Council - Delta Science Program
Funding Source Not provided
Date of award 2021-11-01
Date of fiscal year-end Not provided
Total award amount $579,386
State type of obligation Not provided
Federal type of obligation Not provided
Reimbursability Not provided
Procurement mechanism Not provided
Annual expenditures

2022 - $327151.00 (Actual)

2022 - $164971.00 (Actual)


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