Good luck in Florida

Good luck in Florida

He joined the lab in late 2015. He left the lab last week. Next month, he starts a new and exciting postdoc at Florida Internation University. Our loss is FIU's huge gain.

Thanks, Daniel, for everything that you did for the lab and those of us working in it. Best of luck as you begin the next phase of your career!

Introducing Nicole!

This introduction is long overdue, but allow me to introduce Nicole Holstein, who is the new full-time technician in the lab...as of five months ago. Nicole comes to VCU after stints at the National Wildlife Federation and the Smithsonian Institution. In addition to helping with ongoing projects in the lab – mostly those related to saltwater intrusion – Nicole is developing an experiment that will look at competition between freshwater and brackish marsh vegetation in the context of salinity changes.

Welcome Nicole!

SET installation

On May 25 2016, we installed our first surface elevation table (SET) benchmark at the Rice Rivers Center. There's a nice article about this on the VCU Rice Rivers Center website. A few days ago (July 12), we installed our 18th SET in the upper James River. There are six SETs in the restored Kimages Creek wetland (currently a tidal freshwater marsh with the ultimate goal of restoring it to a tidal freshwater forest), six SETs in the adjacent Harris Creek tidal forested wetland, and three SETs each in tidal freshwater forested wetlands at the Presquile and James River components of the Eastern Virginia Rivers National Wildlife Refuge Complex. This network of SETs will give us valuable information on how well tidal freshwater wetlands in the upper James River are keeping up with sea level rise.

The purchase of the SETs was made possible through an award from the Rice Rivers Center. Invaluable support was also provided by Cyrus Brame of the National Wildlife Refuge, who provided boats and his time for the installations on the wildlife refuges. Thank you!!

The website is live!

It took almost four years, but I finally replaced my old professional website that went defunct shortly after I left my old position at the Baruch Marine Field Lab. Inspired by Dr. Karen McKee's plenary talk at the recent SWS meeting, I'm working on my "online presence." As a start, we have this website. It remains to be seen if I'll get on Twitter or will make a professional Facebook page (don't hold your breath waiting!). In the meantime, please explore this site to learn about things that are going on in and around my lab and reach out with any questions.