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Wetland Ecosystems Research Lab

Featured Project:
Coral Gables

Coastal wetlands provide essential direct livelihood services to millions of people, as well as critical regulating services such as maintenance of water quality, protection from storms and erosion, and carbon sequestration. Measuring the vertical movement of the coastal wetland surface and its constituent processes, and relative local sea-level rise (SLR) is necessary to determine whether a wetland can keep pace with SLR.

Tidal data can assist in understanding localized flooding associated with king tide flooding and sea-level rise. These data are an important resource for hurricane preparations and for recreational use about boat clearance through rivers and canals.Coastal wetlands provide essential direct livelihood services to millions of people, as well as critical regulating services such as maintenance of water quality, protection from storms and erosion, and carbon sequestration. Measuring the vertical movement of the coastal wetland surface and its constituent processes, and relative local sea-level rise (SLR) is necessary to determine whether a wetland can keep pace with SLR.

Tidal data can assist in understanding localized flooding associated with king tide flooding and sea-level rise. These data are an important resource for hurricane preparations and for recreational use about boat clearance through rivers and canals.

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About the Lab

Our research focuses on the ecology of wetland ecosystems. Much of our research is conducted in the Everglades, a subtropical wetland in south Florida. Ecosystems where we work include tree islands, mangrove forests, freshwater and estuarine marshes and tidal creeks. Our work integrates hydrology, plant ecology and biogeochemistry to understand ecosystem-level structure, process and change in the Everglades. We can use this information to monitor the response of Everglades ecosystems to large-scale changes including management actions undertaken as part of Everglades Restoration and sea level rise. We also participate in and conduct research as part of ongoing collaborative projects in Panama and Bolivia.Our research focuses on the ecology of wetland ecosystems. Much of our research is conducted in the Everglades, a subtropical wetland in south Florida. Ecosystems where we work include tree islands, mangrove forests, freshwater and estuarine marshes and tidal creeks. Our work integrates hydrology, plant ecology and biogeochemistry to understand ecosystem-level structure, process and change in the Everglades. We can use this information to monitor the response of Everglades ecosystems to large-scale changes including management actions undertaken as part of Everglades Restoration and sea level rise. We also participate in and conduct research as part of ongoing collaborative projects in Panama and Bolivia.

Recent Publications

Mangrove canopy height globally related to precipitation, temperature and cyclone frequency.

Simard, M., L. Fatoyinbo, C. Smetanka, V.H. Rivera-Monroy, E CastaƱeda-Moya, N. Thomas, and T. Van der Stocken. 2019. Mangrove canopy height globally related to precipitation, temperature and cyclone frequency. Nature Geosciences 12 40-45.

The State of Coastal Wetlands Carbon Science, Practice and Policy.

Troxler, T., Kennedy, H., Crooks, S., Sutton-Grier, A. 2019. Introduction of Coastal Wetlands into the IPCC Greenhouse Gas Inventory Methodological Guidance. In A Blue Carbon Primer: The State of Coastal Wetlands Carbon Science, Practice and Policy. L Windham-Myers, S Crooks, TG Troxler (Eds). CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL. 480p.

Coastal wetland management as a contribution to the US National Greenhouse Gas Inventory.

Crooks, S., A. Sutton-Grier, T. Troxler, B. Bernal, N. Herold, T. Wirth. 2018. Coastal wetland management as a contribution to the US National Greenhouse Gas Inventory. Nature-Climate Change 8-1109-1112.

Our Team

Tiffany Troxler

P.I.

Edward Castaneda

Research Associate

Emily Standen

Lab Manager

Laura Bauman

Sr. Lab Technician

Geoff Szafranski

Sr. Lab Technician

Ralph Diaz-Hung

Sr. Lab Technician

Austin Pezoldt

Lab Technician

Frank Leone

Research Assistant

Nick Sanchez

Research Assistant

Graduate Students

Marbelys Garriga

Ph. D

Luke Lamb-Wotton

M.S.

Daniel Virden, Master's Student

Daniel Chomin-Virden

M.S.