Lab Activities


Wetlands Lab Talks Climate Change with Senator Whitehouse

Wetlands Lab members, Chris Craft and Ellen Herbert, met with Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) during his Climate Change road trip through the southeastern US, April 21-25, 2014. During his visit to Sapelo Island, Georgia, Senator Whitehouse met with scientists, policy makers and natural resource managers to discuss the effects of climate change on the people and ecosystems of the region. Ellen talked with the Senator about the effects of sea level rise and saltwater intrusion on coastal wetlands. Chris discussed the importance on long term monitoring to assess natural variability versus human effects on climate, including changing precipitation patterns and freshwater flows to the coast.

Picture of Chris with students and Senator Whitehouse

Chris discusses the importance of research and monitoring to understand the current and future effects of climate change on coastal wetlands. Pictured (R to L) on the Teal Boardwalk are Chris, University of Georgia (UGA) Marine Institute Director, Merryl Alber, Senator Whitehouse and aides, UGA Vice President for Research, David Lee, and Georgia Sea Grant Director, Charles Hopkinson.

Around the World

Picture of Chris with HUS students at Dong Quan Ecological Reserve

Professor Craft is on sabbatical leave in 2013 and 2014. His time is spent as a Visiting Scholar at the Czech University of Life Sciences, Prague (2013), and Ha Noi University of Science (HUS), Vietnam National University (2014). Chris also works on two books, Wetland Soils 2nd edition co-edited with Mike Vepraskas, and Creating and Restoring Wetlands, to be published by Elsevier in 2015.

Pictured: Chris with HUS students at Dong Quan Ecological Reserve outside of Ha Noi.

Professor Roy Shin Visits Sapelo Island, Georgia

Picture of Professor Roy Shin

SPEA Professor Emeritus Roy Shin visited Sapelo Island, GA in May, 2013. Working alongside Professor Chris Craft and Ph.D. students Ellen Herbert and Owen Langman, Professor Shin visited wetland research sites along the Altamaha River, including the long-term nutrient enrichment experiment in a tidal freshwater marsh and the newly established tidal forest monitoring site.

Pictured: Professor Shin testing water quality in the Altamaha River.

Wetlands Lab Works to Restore Tidal Marshes in New York City

Picuture of tidal marshes

In September 2012, the Wetlands Lab collected soil cores from an urban wetland complex in Woodbridge, NJ, which is located in the greater New York City metro area. A 17.5 acre (7 ha) salt marsh, along Woodbridge Creek, was selected for restoration as part of the natural resource damage compensation from the Exxon Bayway Oil Spill in 1990. Restoration was completed in 2007 by the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, in conjunction with HDR, Inc., a national consulting firm. We are conducting post-restoration monitoring that includes quantifying plant productivity and species diversity, porewater sulfide and salinity concentration, as well as soil properties such as organic carbon, total nitrogen and phosphorus content. By comparing the restored site to its pre-restoration condition and to a nearby reference site located in the same highly urbanized area, our goal is to determine if the restoration was successful in restoring the function of the marsh to its natural state.

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