Tidal Marsh Ecology

Marsh Creek

The study of Tidal Marsh Ecology incorporates physical processes and biological interactions to better understand critical functions of marshes, including carbon and sediment sinks, contaminant and nutrient filters, flood buffers, nutrient cycling, and habitats for fish and wildlife. Our research seeks to understand the basic biology of constituent species as well as human impacts to tidal marshes and their restoration. In recognition of their crucial role in estuarine and coastal ecosystems, Jackson Estuarine Laboratory (JEL) has maintained an active research and education program in tidal marshes. JEL scientists have conducted ecological, botanical, geological, and physical studies of tidal marshes, as well as examination of human impacts and ecological restoration strategies. Recognized as leaders in the field of tidal marsh ecology, JEL's team of faculty, research scientists, and graduate students are engaged in a variety of basic and applied research. Of particular importance are new initiatives for restoration science.

Our Tidal Marsh Ecology group is well positioned to undertake a number of diverse studies; currently they include:

  • Physical processes
  • Impacts of sea level rise
  • Plant health and distribution
  • Invasive species: identification, assessment and control
  • Fish community structure and ecology
  • Human impact assessment
  • Restoration science and technology
  • Biological/ecological evaluations of species

Contacts

Frederick Short

603.862.5134

Research Professor of Natural Resources

Department of Natural Resources & the Environment
Jackson Estuarine Laboratory
85 Adams Point Road
Durham, NH 03824

David Burdick

603.862.5129
  • Interim Director of the Jackson Estuarine Laboratory
  • Research Associate Professor of Coastal Ecology and Restoration

Department of Natural Resources & the Environment
Jackson Estuarine Laboratory
85 Adams Point Road
Durham, NH 03824