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Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.)


Graduate School

First Advisor

Lee Christianson

First Committee Member

Anne Funkhouser

Second Committee Member

Steven Obrebski


The purpose of this study was to compare the differences in abundance of Nematoda, Gastrotricha, and Harpacticoida between depths in the sediment at various tide levels and between depths at various sites with increasing time of exposure. It also examines the relationship between the abundances of meiofaunal groups and the mean grain size of the sediment. This study was also a part of the continual baseline-data gathering program for the South Slough Estuarine Sanctuary, Delane A. Munson, Manager.



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