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Affiliate Faculty share an interest and enthusiasm for the Center's mission, conduct tourism research activities in conjunction with the Center, serve as thesis advisors and members, and mentor students working on sustainable tourism related research.
Coastal Management and Biodiversity
Broad-scale human adaptation to climate change will become increasingly necessary in the coming decades; thus, it is critical that during this period of historically unprecedented ecological change, we develop meaningful linkages across scientific and decision-making arenas necessary to anticipate climate-related changes and invest strategically to increase socio-ecological resilience. My interests as an applied scientist are to explore opportunities that meet coastal needs for climate-related decision support enhancing communication with coastal managers and policy makers for more extensive incorporation of human dimensions into existing regional ecosystem models and coastal simulations with the aim to build groundwork for the development of an integrated socio-ecological model.
My academic experience lies in large-scale approaches to ecosystem analysis. Using simulation modeling as a research tool, I have focused on investigating how coastal areas respond to diverse impacts, natural and man-made. I have led several multidisciplinary teams in the development of ecosystem models integrating landscape ecology to assess different approaches to coastal resource management. In the past, I have been active in several modeling efforts that span from plant productivity, fish migration, medium-sized experiments, to landscape simulation focused on understanding processes in wetlands and tropical watersheds. My current projects include the development of a sea-level response simulation for coastal North Carolina using High Performance Computing systems, a modeling framework for Louisiana's coastal zone, the implementation of landscape models for the Virginia Coastal Reserve estuarine complex (an LTER site), and a nutrient/forest model for the swamps in Maurepas, Louisiana. Other research sites I had the opportunity to work on include the Everglades in Florida, Padilla Bay in Washington, Liberty Island on the San Jacinto Delta, California, and several coastal lagoons in the Mexican Caribbean.
(21 peer-reviewed journal articles, 5 peer-reviewed book chapters, 4 peer-reviewed reports, and 1 book review. Presentations: 23 invited, 55 regular, and 4 poster sessions.)