I am broadly interested in understanding how coastal wetlands respond to sea level rise. Current research focuses on:
1. Plant community composition and soil genesis as salt marshes move overland into upland ecosystems as sea level rises.
2. The contribution of plant roots to marsh surface elevation change and soil organic matter content.
3. Quantification of soil component content including living roots, peat, air, water, sand, and rock and shell through the use of Computer-aided X-ray Tomography (CAT-scans).