Comparison of Benthic Macroinvertebrate Assemblages Associated with Salt Marshes in Low and High Salinity Areas of Galveston Bay
Pool, Susan Samantha
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Submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies of Texas A&M University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science. Two study areas in Galveston Bay, Texas were chosen to assess the species composition and abundance of benthic macroinvertebrates in salt marshes that are utilized by juvenile brown shrimp. The objectives of the study were to compare the benthic macroinvertebrate assemblages in a low salinity area, Trinity River Delta, with those in a high salinity area, West Bay, and to compare the benthic invertebrate community between the vegetated and non-vegetated habitats of the salt marshes in those areas.