Cross-system comparison of macrophytes in Pacific Northwest estuaries
Cross-system comparison of distribution, biomass, and C:N ratio of seagrass and macroalgae in Willapa, Netarts, Yaquina, and Coos Bays. Yearly surveys will be used to assess latitudinal diffferences in ecosystem productivity, distribution of macrophytes, and the relationship to water chemistry and nutrient limitations.
pH dynamics in coastal systems
In collaboration with Dr. Francis Chan at Oregon State University and the South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, pH and pCO2 sensors are being maintained in the lower portion of South Slough in Coos Bay, Oregon. Combined with available offshore and upstream data, carbonate chemistry dynamics and the nature of CO2 variability will be explored in order to make predictions about when estuaries are more or less susceptible to the effects of ocean acidification.
Non-market valuation of Oregon salt marshes
Multi-disciplinary research collaboration with Drs. Sally Hacker and David Lewis at Oregon State University aimed at understanding public preferences for restoring natural infrastructure along the Oregon coast, including estuarine salt marsh habitats, by performing a survey of Pacific Northwest residents. Coho and the proposed salmon habitat restoration plan will be used as a model for determining willingness to pay. Collaborator: Mark Scheuerell, NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service, Seattle, WA.