Surf clam population in Long Island Sound

Associate professor in DNR, Matt Hare, has been studying the surf clam population in the Long Island Sound. The results were unexpected.

The well-known northern variety (S.s. solidissima) can be found in the Sound, which is a major harvesting area. The lesser-known southern variety (S.s. similis) can also be found there. This discovery was made last year and could potentially impact the clamming industry’s yields.

Research is now being done to try to figure out how and when the southern variety came to the Sound, since it prefers warm-weather. Hare is also seeing whether hybridization is happening between the two subspecies and whether there are other populations of the southern variety (S.s. similis) in the area.

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Associate professor in DNR, Shorna Broussard Allred,  extension associate Gretchen Ferenz, and extension specialist Keith Tidball are also working on projects in New York City.

Tidball is helping to lead research of the MillionTreesNYC project. This initiative is focusing on planting a million trees across the five boroughs of New York City in 10 years. The project involves 100 researchers and practitioners, partnering with the David R. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future.

Broussard Allred and Ferenz are a part of the Urban Forestry Community Engagement project, which focuses on education residents in areas of Brooklyn about the importance of trees.

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Read more about projects in NYC  in CALS News.