I am interested in the linkages between human activities on land and conditions in estuaries and coastal embayments. My work spans the range from coastal watersheds to estuaries and uses several tools, including chemical tracers and modeling approaches, to identify sources of nutrients to coastal waters, and traces their impacts on these ecosystems. I am primarily focused on delivery and transformations of nitrogen.
B.A., Environmental Science, University of Virginia, 1997
Ph.D., Marine Ecology, Boston University, 2006
Investigating the role of groundwater-borne nutrients in structuring the phytoplankton community of the Inland Bays, DE
Tracing land-derived nitrogen into Delaware's Inland Bays
Nutrient sources in suburbanizing watersheds
Impacts of changing land-use and climate change on Delmarva's lagoons
Join the Lab
I am currently recruiting a graduate student to join a project investigating the impact of nutrient loading on phytoplankton communities in the Inland Bays in southern Delaware, starting in Summer 2014. The approach will include biogeochemical and molecular techniques to investigate the direct linkages between groundwater-borne and sediment-regenerated nutrients and the resulting estuarine phytoplankton community. Please contact me via email for more information.