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Christopher B. Craft

Janet Duey Professor in Rural Land Policy
Director, SPEA Ph.D. in Environmental Science Program
(812) 856-1837
MSBII Room 408

Ph.D., North Carolina State University, 1987
M.S., University of Tennessee, 1983
B.A., University of North Carolina-Asheville, 1980

Professional Experience

  • Director, SPEA Ph.D. in Environmental Science Program, 2012-present
  • President, Society of Wetland Scientists, 2008-2009
  • Chair, Division S-10, (Wetland Soils), Soil Science Society of America
  • Associate Editor, Soil Science Society of American Journal
  • Associate Editor, Wetlands
  • North Carolina State University, 1988-1989
  • Duke University, 1989-1995
  • University of Louisville, 1996-1997
  • Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center, 1997-1999

Awards, Honors & Certifications

  • 2012 National Wetlands Award for Science Research. Sponsored by the Environmental Law Institute. Washington, DC.
  • Visiting Professor for Senior International Scientists of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. 2010-present
  • Professional Wetland Scientist (PWS)
  • Hugh Hammond Bennett Award in Soil Conservation and Environmental Quality, North Carolina Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, 1987

Professional Interests
Wetland restoration and ecosystem development, wetlands and water quality, wetlands and climate change, including carbon sequestration and peat accretion

Current Projects
For a full description of publications, laboratory personnel, and other research activities, click here to visit Dr. Craft’s research web site.

  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Woodbridge River Restoration, Woodbridge NJ. September 22 2010 – August 31 2013. Subcontract from HDR Inc for $44,405.
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Forecasting critical ecosystem services from measures of wetland condition at the watershed scale in freshwater wetlands of Pennsylvania and Ohio. September 1 2010 – August 31 2012. Subcontract from Kenyon College for $28,220.
  • Czech-American Cooperation. Czech Ministry of Sciences. Carbon sequestration in bogs and nutrient retention in wetlands. Cooperative agreement with Prof. Jan Vymazal. Czech University of Life Sciences. January 1 2009-December 31 2012.
  • US Department of Energy (DOE), National Institute of Climatic Change Research. Effects of accelerated sea level rise and variable freshwater river discharge on water quality improvement functions of tidal freshwater floodplain forests. June 1 2008-August 31 2011. $343,181.
  • US Department of Agriculture (USDA). Ecosystem Services Derived from Wetland Conservation Practices in the Glaciated Interior Plains: the Provision of Water Quality Benefits. July 15 2008-July 14 2011. $196,939.
  • US National Science Foundation (NSF). LTER GCE II: Georgia land-ocean margin ecosystem. November 15 2006-November 2012. $4,200,000. (IU subcontract from University of Georgia for $143,912.
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Selected Publications
Full Vita

  • Jun, Mi hee and C.B. Craft. Effects of Increased Salinity and Inundation on Inorganic N and P Sorption by Tidal Freshwater Floodplain Forest Soils, Georgia (USA). Estuaries and Coasts. In review.
  • Brittain, R.A., C.B., V. Meretsky and C.B. Craft. Breeding densities and habitat relationships of avian species in coastal Georgia, USA, using distance sampling and indicator species analysis. Wilson Journal of Ornithology. In press.
  • Fennessy, S. and C. Craft. Effects of Agricultural Conservation Practices on Wetland Ecosystem Services in the Interior Glaciated Plains. Ecological Applications. In press.
  • Tackett, N.W. and C.B. Craft. Ecosystem development on a coastal barrier island dune chronosequence. Journal of Coastal Research. In press.
  • Loomis, M.J. and C.B. Craft. 2010. Carbon sequestration and nutrient (N, P) accumulation in river-dominated tidal marshes, Georgia, USA. Soil Science Society of America Journal, 74:1028-1037.
  • Kazimierz Więski, Hongyu Guo, C. Craft and Steven C. Pennings. 2010. Ecosystem functions of tidal fresh, brackish and salt marshes on the Georgia coast. Estuaries and Coasts, 33:161-169.
  • Craft, C., J. Clough, J. Ehman, S. Joye, D. Park, S. Pennings, H. Guo and M. Machmuller. 2008. Forecasting the effects of accelerated sea level rise on tidal marsh ecosystem services. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 7:73-78.
  • Craft, C., C. Washburn, and A. Parker. 2008. Latitudinal trends in organic carbon accumulation of temperate freshwater peatlands. In, J. Vymazal (ed.), Wastewater Treatment, Plant Dynamics and Management in Constructed and Natural Wetlands. Springer Science + Business Media B.V., New York. Pp. 23-31.
  • “Soils of the Everglades Peatlands”. In C.J. Richardson (ed.), The Everglades Experiments. New York: Springer-Verlag. (2008) Pp.59-72
  • Aldous, A.R., C.B. Craft, C.J. Stevens, M.J. Barry, and L.B. Bach. 2007. Soil phosphorus release from a restoration wetland, Upper Klamath Lake, Oregon. Wetlands 27(4):1025-1035
  • Cornell, J.A., C. Craft, P. Megonigal. 2007. Ecosystem gas exchange across a created salt marsh chronosequence. Wetlands 27:240-250
  • Craft, C., K, Krull and S. Graham. Ecological indicators of nutrient condition, freshwater wetlands, Midwestern United States (U.S.). Ecological Indicators 7:733-750
  • Freshwater input structures soil properties, vertical accretion and nutrient accumulation of Georgia and United States (U.S.) tidal marshes. Limnology and Oceanography 52:1220-1230
  • Craft, C. and J. Schubauer-Berigan. 2006. The role of freshwater wetlands in a water quality trading program. Conference Proceedings: Innovations in Reducing Nonpoint Source Pollution Methods, Policies, Programs, and Measurement. Pp. 143-158
  • “Natural and constructed wetlands.” In M.G. Anderson (ed.), Encyclopedia of Hydrologic Sciences, (2005) pp. 1639-1656. New York: John Wiley and Sons
  • Aldous, A., P. McCormick, C. Ferguson, S. Graham and C. Craft 2005. Hydrologic regime controls soil phosphorus fluxes in restoration and undisturbed wetlands. Restoration Ecology 13:341-347
  • Graham, S.G., C.B. Craft, P.V. McCormick and A. Aldous. 2005. Peat accretion and phosphorus accumulation: Water Quality Management at Upper Klamath Lake, Oregon, through wetland restoration. Wetlands 25:594-606
  • Struck, S.D., C.B. Craft, S.W. Broome, M. SanClements and J.N. Sacco. 2004. Effects of bridge shading on estuarine marsh benthic invertebrate community structure and function. Environmental Management 34:99-111
  • Zheng, L., R.J. Stevenson and C. Craft. 2004. Changes in benthic algal attributes during salt marsh restoration. Wetlands 24:309-323
  • Craft, C. and J.N. Sacco. 2003. Long-term succession of benthic infauna communities on constructed Spartina alterniflora marshes. Marine Ecology- Progress Series 257:45-58
  • Craft, C., J.P. Megonigal, S.W. Broome, J. Cornell, R. Freese, R.J Stevenson, L. Zheng and J. Sacco. 2003. The pace of ecosystem development of constructed Spartina alterniflora marshes. Ecological Applications 13:1317-1432