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Coastal Restoration

Master's Thesis Statement

Distribution and Seasonal Dynamics of Animal Populations in San Diego Beaches

Professor Michael Clark was lead investigator in research related to seasonal fluctuations in the distribution and abundance of sand beach animals and the importance of major physical factors in these processes. The longshore, small-scale, and short-term variability in abundance of infauna were investigated, in addition to depth distribution of animals in the substrate and their movement up and down the beach face in response to the tidal cycle. Also, his research contributed to the early use of environmental impact investigations in California – especially as related to biological effects of dredge spoil discharge into the surf zone and the ecological effects of power station cooling water discharge in coastal waters. This original approach to the study of sandy beaches is considered to be in the league of J.T. Enright, D.L. Inman, and W. Wieser for the current understanding of the dynamics of the sand beach environment. The latest historical manuscript completed for the advancement of costal restoration in California refers to Clark’s work as: “…we’ve used the elevation data from your work to reinforce our findings and fill in the gaps for the other important macrofauna species in California. Very interesting given all the interest in rocky intertidal zonation patterns, that the international sand beach ecology community has never come close to what you did (using vertical data).”

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