Welcome to the aquatic ecosystem ecology lab at the Texas Research Institute for Environmental Studies (TRIES). In the aquatic ecosystems ecology lab we employ a holistic approach to ecological field and laboratory research. So what does that mean? Ecosystem approaches to science involve the integration of both biotic and abiotic considerations and often involve measurements of both ecosystem structure (plants, microbes, soils, and hydrology) and function (primary/secondary production, species diversity, and decomposition rates).
For most of my career I have utilized wetlands as model systems to address research questions regarding the biogeochemical cycling of nutrients, ecosystem and community responses to natural and anthropogenic drivers (at varied spatial & temporal scales), and the importance/role of habitat management to sustain ecosystem goods and services.
To effectively “do” ecosystem science, it is crucial to collaborate with researchers from multiple scientific disciplines including: geology, economics, meteorology, hydrology, chemistry, modeling, statistics, and biology. As a result, nearly all of my research endeavors have been part of interdisciplinary research groups and have centered on research projects in the freshwater marshes of the Florida Everglades, subalpine wetlands of the Colorado Rocky's, deciduous forests of northwestern Pennsylvania, and coastal marshes of Texas.
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