Biology ETDs

Publication Date

Spring 5-16-2021


This dissertation investigates the effects of disturbance (a catastrophic forest fire and decadal-level multi-day flood) on populations of submerged aquatic macrophytes (SAMs) in the streams and rivers of the Jemez Mountains of northern New Mexico, USA. Research conducted and reported in this dissertation addresses the following research questions: 1.) What factors influence the presence or absence of SAMs in Jemez Mountain streams? 2.) How does disturbance (catastrophic wildfire and decadal-level flood) change the amount of aboveground SAM biomass? and 3.) How does that disturbance change the nutrient content (%C, %N, %P) and nutrient stoichiometry of SAMs? These disturbance events had significant effects on the biomass, nutrient content and nutrient stoichiometry of SAM tissues. The research illustrates the effects that environmental factors of various physical and temporal scales can have on the phenology and physiology of this key primary producer.




aquatic ecology, macrophytes, New Mexico, primary production, disturbance

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UNM Biology Department

First Committee Member (Chair)

Dr. Diane L. Marshall

Second Committee Member

Dr. Clifford N. Dahm

Third Committee Member

Dr. Rebecca J. Bixby

Fourth Committee Member

Dr. David T. Hanson

Fifth Committee Member

Dr. Caroline Scruggs

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