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Outer Island Research

The staff on Outer Island has purchased and maintains equipment and supplies in support of water quality monitoring.  The Outer Island interns conduct water quality measurements at the end of the floating dock each summer from June through August.  Water quality parameters tested include temperature, salinity, conductivity, dissolved oxygen, pH, secchi disk depth, and turbidity.  Visiting groups and the public are encouraged to use the equipment on-site and participate in the water quality measurements under the supervision of the island interns.  The water quality meters and sampling bottles (with operational manuals) are shown below:

Water Quality Equipment and Manuals

Outer Island Pier Water Quality

The staff on Outer Island has purchased and maintains equipment and supplies in support of water quality monitoring.  The Outer Island interns conduct water quality measurements at the end of the floating dock each summer from June through August.  Water quality parameters tested include temperature, salinity, conductivity, dissolved oxygen, pH, secchi disk depth, and turbidity.  Visiting groups and the public are encouraged to use the equipment on-site and participate in the water quality measurements under the supervision of the island interns.  The water quality meters and sampling bottles (with operational manuals) are shown below: (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)

Tide Pool Water Quality Monitoring

Water quality measurements have also been conducted in the island tide pools.  Water quality parameters measured were pH, temperature, dissolved oxygen, and salinity.  Graphs showing the trends in these water quality parameters are available for the years 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013. ( see full research report here )

Citizen Science Bucket

The Outer Island inters encourage the visiting public to participate in water quality measurements.  A bucket containing a pH meter, pH paper, a temperature/salinity probe, a hydrometer and a thermometer are available for public use in water quality testing.  The meters and manuals are available for download and review in the Outer Island Research site.  The interns are also available for water quality meter instruction.  Results of water quality measurements will be made available for use in the research section of this website.

Student Theses and Research

Faculty supervised undergraduate and graduate student research projects have been conducted on Outer Island.  A listing of the student project reports and a link to download or view the report is available below:

Casanova, Tara.  The Ecology of the Japanese Shore Crab (Hemigrapsus sanguineus de Haan) and its niche relationship to the Green Crab (Carcinus maenas) along the Coast of Connecticut, USA.  Biology Department, Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT. | View/Download Data Part 1 Part2 (Adobe PDF)

Chavanich, Suchana.  1997.  Rocky Intertidal Zonation and Habitat Ecology of Gammardean Amphipods in Long Island Sound.  Department of Biological Sciences, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT.  55 pp. | View/Download Data (Adobe PDF)

Gledhill, Dwight.  1997.  Soil-water geochemistry of Outer Island, Branford, Connecticut: A Conceptual Model.| View/Download Data (Adobe PDF)

Renda, Christina.  1999.  The Vascular Flora of Outer Island.  MA Thesis, Department of Biological Sciences, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT.  40 pp. | View/Download Data (Adobe PDF)