Coastal Biogeochemistry

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Amanda Spivak

Research in my lab group focuses on how coastal ecosystems respond to anthropogenic disturbances. This summer we will be working on two projects - one focused on ocean acidification and the other on salt marsh carbon cycling. Students will have the opportunity to contribute to either project that best fits their interests. The ocean acidification project will involve validating and using a newly-developed mesocosm system to test the effects of acidification on trophic dynamics. The salt marsh project will examine the impacts of land management strategies and ponding on soil carbon transformations and burial. In both projects, students will gain experience in the field and with cutting edge isotopic and molecular biomarkers in the lab.

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