The effect of particulate organic carbon composition on zooplankton growth in tidal wetlands of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

The Sacramento-San JoaquinDelta has lost 95% of its historical wetlands, drastically altering the flow of carbon from wetlands into aquatic habitats and food webs. In fact, carbon cycling in general is inextricably linked to most of the problems facing the Delta, including loss of organic soils, climate change impacts, drinking water concerns, and the basis for the food web that supports Delta ecology. With extensive plans for restoration of around 30,000 acres in the Delta already underway, there is a great need to identify how various types of restoration will impact carbon cycling and lower food web dynamics.