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New York Harbor's oyster beds once protected against severe storm and extreme wave damage


March 7, 2016

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A recent study of past disturbance of the oyster beds in New York Harbor led by geoscientist Jonathan Woodruff and his doctoral student Christine Brandon of the University of Massachusetts Amherst is the first to link Europeans' overharvesting and disturbance of the ancient shellfish beds to loss of natural coastal defenses against floods and storm waves.Full Story

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University of Massachusetts at Amherst

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