Causes and Consequences of Eelgrass Decline in Morro Bay

Jennifer is helping lead this working group with the Morro Bay National Estuary Program and other Cal Poly faculty. The group is investigating why eelgrass has declined so dramatically in Morro Bay (97% since 1997) and what factors are impeding restoration efforts.  We are evaluating biological, physical, and historical data and using recent outplants of eelgrass as a natural experiment to determine factors correlated with success.