In the Coastal Conservation and Restoration group, we provide science-based information to support resource management and conservation efforts and improve sustainability of coastal ecosystems. Our interest in healthy habitats includes examining the response of organisms to changing environmental conditions. Our research has a strong field-based component and is supported by laboratory analyses and statistical approaches. We develop tools, including benefit-cost analyses and restoration suitability indices, to support natural resource management decision-making. We examine the proficiency of restored habitats in replacing lost ecological functions, including water filtration, provision of nursery and feeding habitat for fish and invertebrates, shoreline stabilization, and enhancement of biodiversity. Because healthy habitats support productive coastal environments and resilient coastal communities, our team conduct extensive field research in oyster reef, salt marsh, Serpulid worm reef, and offshore oil platform habitats.
Field research experience in temperate salt marsh creeks, semi-arid estuaries, and polar regions
Broad statistical background, including: Applied Statistics (I & II), Experimental design, Environmetrics, and Nonparametric methods
Data analysis using SAS statistical analysis software, SigmaPlot graphing software, and ArcGIS software suite
Grantsmanship at local, state, and federal levels
Undergraduate and graduate student mentoring