Tidal Marsh Outwelling of Dissolved Organic Matter into the Chesapeake Bay:

Impact on Optical, Chemical & Microbial Characteristics of Estuarine Waters

Research Team

Maria Tzortziou
(Principal Investigator, UMD)
e-mail : maria.a.tzortziou@nasa.gov
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Dr. Tzortziou is responsible for the overall management of the project, and provides expertise in bio-optical analysis, CDOM dynamics in coastal waters, and remote sensing applications.

Patrick Megonigal
(co-PI, SERC)
e-mail : megonigalp@si.edu
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Dr. Megonigal provides expertise in the areas of microbial dynamics and biodegradation of organic matter.

Megan Butterworth
(Head Technician, SERC)
e-mail : butterworthm@si.edu
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Megan Butterworth is responsible for sample collection and field work. In the lab, she conducts measurements and analyzes data for all of the experiments.

Patrick Neale
(Principal Investigator, SERC)
e-mail : nealep@si.edu
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Dr. Neale assists in the project's management and provides expertise in photochemistry and UV effects on aquatic ecosystems.

Antonio Mannino
(co-PI, NASA)
e-mail : antonio.mannino@nasa.gov
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Dr. Mannino provides expertise in analysis of lignin degradation products and developing empirical relationships between lignin products and CDOM absorption for satellite applications.

Ally Bullock
(Project Technician, SERC)
e-mail : bullocka@si.edu
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Ally Bullock coordinates water collection, filtration, and sampling for the DOM biodegradation experiments.


Collaborators in this project include:
  • Prof. Rudolf Jaffe (Southeast Environmental Research Center, Florida International University).
  • Dr. Chris Osburn (North Carolina State University).
  • Dr. Jason Porter (University of the Sciences in Philadelphia).
  • Dr. Patricia Delgado, Res. Coordinator for the Maryland Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS).
  • Mr. Bill McInturff, Site Manager at the Monie Bay Reserve Component of the Maryland Chesapeake Bay NERRS.
  • Dr. William Reay, Reserve Manager of the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve System in Virginia.
  • Dr. Scott Lerberg, Watershed and Stewardship Coordinator of the Chesapeake NERRS in Virginia.
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Photographs showing the beautiful scenery of the Chesapeake Bay's Tidal Marsh