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SAV and Seagrass Ecology

Our lab is also interested in nutritional eco-physiology of submersed aquatic vegetation (SAV) and seagrasses. These plants are unique in that they live, for the most part, entirely underwater.

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Elon University

Research Projects

Phytoplankton Ecology. Studies are being conducted to determine what environmental parameters (nutrients, and other physiochemical components) are shaping phytoplankton populations within the upper and middle Cape Fear River basins. We are also working with scientists at the NC Department of Water Quality to determine what factors are promoting harmful algal blooms in the estuaries of North Carolina.

Phytoplankton Ecology

Cyanobacteria (blue green algae) are becoming increasingly problematic in reservoirs of North Carolina. In a study partnering with NC State University Center for Applied Aquatic Ecology, we have been monitoring reservoirs in western North Carolina for problematic cyanobacterial blooms and levels of cyanotoxin.




Cyanobacterial blooms

We have been conducting greenhouse and field studies on wetland plant growth to better understand the factors that influence primary productivity. Studies in the past have involved nutrients levels, growth hormones, and water availabilities. 

Wetland plant ecology

As a complement to aquatic plant productivity studies, our lab has been investigating physiological responses to plant stressors and plant-nutrient interactions. Studies have included plant stress modifications associated with drought conditions, and nutrient uptake and assimilation under different nutrient regimes.   

Plant Eco-physiology

Some of our Research Sponsors

North Carolina Coastal Reserve