Eighteen research labs collaborate on scientific studies centered
around linkages between ecosystems at the land-sea margin.  

Lab Lead Scientist Research Area
Marine and Estuarine Ecology
Denise Breitburg
Effects of hypoxia on foodwebs, jellyfish ecology, oyster restoration in Chesapeake Bay.
CO2 and Plant Physiology
 Bert Drake Effects of increased atmospheric CO2 on plant communities.
Marine Biodiversity Emmett Duffy Diversity of marine life and its impacts on how ecosystems work.
Animal Plant Interaction Ilka Feller Plant and animal interactions in mangrove communities.
Phytoplankton Ecology Charles Gallegos Optical properties and water clarity standards for Submerged Aquatic Vegetation.
Microbial Ecology Cindy Gilmour Biogeochemistry of the mercury cycle.
Fish and Invertebrate Ecology Anson Hines Fish and invertebrate life studies, 20 years of studies on blue crab biology and ecology.
Nutrient Lab Thomas Jordan Transport of nutrients through watersheds.
Molecular Ecology Melissa McCormick Orchid ecology and conservation, orchid-fungi symbioses, invasive earthworms, invasive Phragmites
Quantitative Ecology Sean McMahon Ecological mechanisms that structure forest communities in fine and large scale.
Biogeochemistry Pat Megonigal Biogeochemistry of wetland systems, effects of global change on ecosystems.
Photobiology and Solar Radiation Pat Neale Effects of UVB radiation in aquatic ecosystems, solar radiation in the Antarctic and ozone depletion.
Benthic Ecology Richard Osman Marine and Benthic communities and factors controling recruitment, invasive species.
Forest Ecology Geoffrey Parker Canopy structure and forest function.
Terrestrial Ecology John Parker Terrestrial community ecology, consumer-prey interactions, invasion biology.
Trace Element Biogeochemistry Gerhardt Fritz Riedel Cycling and toxicology of trace metals in the environment.
Marine Invasion Research Greg Ruiz Transportation, prevalence, and impacts of marine invasive species.
Ecological Modeling Don Weller Landscape ecology, nutrient transport, wetland and stream health, spatial analysis, and ecological modeling .
Plant Ecology Dennis Whigham Terrestrial and wetland ecosystems, indicators of ecosystem condition.