Research

Research in the lab is on a wide range of topics. Research emphases change with student interests, and as new collaborative opportunities present themselves. The best way to get a sense of what we’ve been working on recently is to follow the home page of this website, and read about the great stuff the lab’s students have been working on. Described below are three of the foundational interest areas of the lab, which don’t necessarily cover our full gamut, but continue to broadly inform what we do.

Wetland fringe at Starkey wellfieldUnderstanding wetland variability – Florida boasts a diversity of freshwater wetlands, and a central question in our lab is, “Why are wetlands so different from one another, even those near one another?” We bring this question to bear on several aspects of wetland structure (e.g., biodiversity, carbon pools) and function (e.g., nutrient retention). Read more…

Water policy and the Tampa Bay socioecosystem – Urban ecosystems cannot meet their own natural resource needs, and must concentrate resources from much larger areas. This interdisciplinary project asks, “What are the social and ecological drivers and consequences of this resource redistribution?” Read more…

Ecosystem function of intertidal soils – Human activities have tripled inputs of nitrogen (N) to the biosphere. These excess N inputs can run off heavily fertilized urban areas, detrimentally affecting the quality of coastal waters. In between land and sea lie organic-rich intertidal soils in mangrove forests and salt marshes. How effective are these soils at immobilizing N? Read more…