Development of a Polyculture System

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Students Involved:

Ben Cilley UNH - Department of Biological Sciences
Ashley Bottom University of New Hampshire
Grant Leuchtner University of New Hampshire

Faculty Advisors:

Larry Harris UNH - Department of Biological Sciences
David Berlinsky UNH - Department of Biological Sciences

Our group constructed a three tiered, cascading, recirculating system for use in polyculture. Observation of short-term survivability of Nereis virens, Strongylocentrotus droebachiensis and Ulva lactuca in the system were positive. To optimize survivability and growth rates, further studies on flow rates, organism density, temperature, salinity and water quality are needed.


Available from the National Sea Grant Library (use NHU number to search) or NH Sea Grant


  • Development of a polyculture system (2008). Grant Leuchtner, Ben Cilley and Ashley Bottom. Advisors: Larry Harris and David Berlinsky.