Coastal Ecosystems Group
The Coastal Ecosystems Group at GCRL focuses on research dealing with the coastal environment of the Northern Gulf of Mexico. We aim to understand habitat and ecosystem structure and function at multiple spatial and temporal scales. Our areas of expertise include:
- Botany of saltmarshes, submerged aquatic vegetation, seagrasses and marine algae.
- Benthic ecology both soft sediment and hard bottom environments including oyster reefs.
- Life history and ecophysiology of fishes in relation to coastal gradients.
- Marine fungi and decomposers of coastal vegetation.
- Hydrology and biogeochemical cycling of nutrients.
- Restoration of coastal habitats including saltmarshes, seagrasses, and oyster reefs.
We are always interested in students who have a desire to study these processes and habitats. We work closely with researchers at partners institutions such as Dauphin Island Sea Lab, Mississippi State University, as well as agency partners at the Department of Marine Resources, Department of Environmental Quality, Grand Bay NERR, and also non-profit organizations including The Nature Conservancy, and the Audubon Society.