Wetland Ecosystems

Wetlands are no longer a mysterious and foreboding type of habitat. We now know that wetlands provide important functions and values for human societies and that they are essential for healthy and sustainable landscapes. There has been a rapid expansion in our knowledge about wetlands and that knowledge has been translated into changes in our nation's public policy from one of active wetland destruction to wetland protection and restoration. Our country now has a no-net-loss wetlands policy but what parts of the landscape are or are not a wetland and where a wetland begins and ends remain issues of great controversy.

Our wetland research is both basic and applied and we are interested in wetlands as essential elements of landscapes. Here we emphasize nutrient cycling in mangroves, functional assessment and the ecology of wetland plants.