Coastal Ecosystem Processes
Coastal ecosystems worldwide are being exposed to a growing suite of natural and human-derived stressors that cause declining water quality and ecosystem health. This group conducts applied research aimed at solving complex and pressing regional environmental problems, recognizing that solutions will often require balancing environmental as well as human and economic needs.
Our research focuses on understanding the key ecosystem processes affecting estuarine and coastal water quality and algal bloom dynamics. This research provides a sound scientific basis for management efforts aimed at solving water quality challenges. Our research is diverse, but broadly focuses on understanding: 1) environmental drivers and ecosystem impacts of nutrient pollution, 2) ecology and drivers of harmful algal blooms, and 3) elemental cycling in coastal waters.