Our research focuses on the microbially-driven exchange and transformation of elements at the interface of the air, water, and soil. Specifically, we’re interested in the biogeochemical cycling of carbon and nutrients in wetlands, rivers, and coastal ecosystems. We’re dedicated to crossing disciplinary boundaries to address some of today’s most complex environmental issues and routinely collaborate with engineers, environmental lawyers, biologists, and social scientists. Our research also covers a variety of scales, from bench-top laboratory experiments to field sampling and mapping. We are funded by research grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department of Energy (DOE), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Research focal areas include:
- Understanding how climate change (sea level rise, temperature, extreme events) affects coastal wetlands
- Investigating methods for improving water quality, including restoration and the ecological engineering of natural systems
- Studying the boundary of natural systems and human impacts to quantify pollutants and assess ecological function in disturbance-prone areas
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