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GEOGRAPHIC DISTRIBUTION OF OKENIA HYPOGAEA AND SOIL ANALYSIS ALONG THE COAST OF JOHN D. MACARTHUR BEACH STATE PARK

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2020
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Okenia hypogaea is a rare vine-like dune plant found only in Mexico and five counties on Florida’s southeast coast, from St. Lucie to Miami-Dade County. At John D. MacArthur Beach State Park, GPS coordinates of all Okenia hypogaea within the park were collected to create a map. I repeated this process following substantial beach erosion, caused by Hurricane Dorian, to compare growth patterns and geographic distribution. This data can be utilized by park officials when managing this species. Soil analysis along the same 1.3-mile stretch of beach was done to evaluate environmental parameters impacting Okenia’s distribution and growth. Ten samples collected in the North region and ten in the South region of the beach were compared to determine any differences in their chemical composition that may affect Okenia hypogaea distribution. The tests performed on the soil measured pH, salinity, concentrations of various metals, petroleum products, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.
Title: GEOGRAPHIC DISTRIBUTION OF OKENIA HYPOGAEA AND SOIL ANALYSIS ALONG THE COAST OF JOHN D. MACARTHUR BEACH STATE PARK.
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Name(s): King, Makenna, author
Moore, Jon, Thesis advisor
Florida Atlantic University
Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Thesis
Date Created: 2020
Date Issued: 2020
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University Digital Library
Place of Publication: Boca Raton, Fla.
Physical Form: online resource
Extent: 43 p.
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Okenia hypogaea is a rare vine-like dune plant found only in Mexico and five counties on Florida’s southeast coast, from St. Lucie to Miami-Dade County. At John D. MacArthur Beach State Park, GPS coordinates of all Okenia hypogaea within the park were collected to create a map. I repeated this process following substantial beach erosion, caused by Hurricane Dorian, to compare growth patterns and geographic distribution. This data can be utilized by park officials when managing this species. Soil analysis along the same 1.3-mile stretch of beach was done to evaluate environmental parameters impacting Okenia’s distribution and growth. Ten samples collected in the North region and ten in the South region of the beach were compared to determine any differences in their chemical composition that may affect Okenia hypogaea distribution. The tests performed on the soil measured pH, salinity, concentrations of various metals, petroleum products, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.
Identifier: FA00003712 (IID)
Degree granted: Thesis (B.A.)--Florida Atlantic University, Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, 2020.
Collection: Florida Atlantic University Digital Library Collections
Note(s): Includes bibliography.
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