Evaluating the Recovery of Benthic and Fish Communities following Remediation of Polychlorinated Biphenyls in the Upper Hudson River

Denise Mayer will collaborate with Museum Ichthyologist, Jeremy Wright on a project to study the recovery of benthic invertebrate and fish communities in areas of the Upper Hudson River that experienced disturbance in the form of sediment removal and replacement during the remediation activities to removed PCBs in the 40-mile stretch of the Hudson River from Troy to Fort Edward.  Results from this study have the potential to make significant contributions to the fields of community ecology and conservation biology. The collected data will enhance our understanding of the recovery of freshwater biotic communities from large scale abiotic disturbances in general, and in the Upper Hudson River, specifically.