Our trails and buildings are closed to the public due to COVID-19, but you can still experience SERC science virtually! Check the slideshow below for some of our latest offerings, including virtual field trips and Earth Optimism webinars.
The Animal-Plant Interaction Lab studies how environmental factors such as temperature, salinity, and excess nutrients impact how animals interact with plants, specifically in Mangrove and Saltmarsh Ecosystems.
Principal Investigator: Ilka Feller
SERC's Environmental Archaeology Laboratory measures the different environmental stresses created by socially differentiated households from 3000 B.C.-A.D. 1950.
Principal Investigator: Jim Gibb
The Biogeochemistry Lab studies element cycling to better understand how ecosystems respond to global changes, such as sea-level rise, nitrogen pollution, invasive species and elevated CO2.
Principal Investigator: Patrick Megonigal
We use spatial analysis and modeling to investigate nutrient discharges from watersheds, the role of wetlands in nutrient transport, the effects of watershed characteristics on aquatic health, and carbon storage in coastal wetlands.
Principal Investigator: Donald Weller
We investigate how ecosystem responses to global change drivers are mediated by biotic processes, such as symbioses, competition, and trophic interactions.
Principal Investigator: Kimberly (La Pierre) Komatsu
Our research integrates life history strategies, population dynamics, resource/habitat utilization, and regulation of community structure for the conservation and management of invertebrates and fish in coastal ecosystems.
Principal Investigator: Anson Hines
The Fisheries Conservation Lab investigates the ecology, management, and conservation of marine and estuarine fisheries.
Principal Investigator: Matthew Ogburn
THE FOREST ECOLOGY LABORATORY studies the structure, growth and function of forest ecosystems, particularly the canopy portion of deciduous forests.
Principal Investigator: Geoffrey Parker
The Marine and Estuarine Ecology Lab studies interactions among species and the ways that individual animals, communities and ecosystems respond to changes in the environment.
Principal Investigator: Denise Breitburg
We study the diversity of marine life: evolutionary origins, ecological dynamics, and functional significance for human lives and economies.
Principal Investigator: Emmett Duffy
The Marine Disease Ecology Lab combines genomics, community ecology, invasion ecology, parasitology, and epidemiology to study parasites and infectious diseases in coastal ecosystems.
Principal Investigator: Katrina Lohan
We study patterns, processes, and consequences of marine invasions on a global scale.
Principal Investigator: Gregory Ruiz
The Microbial Ecology Lab seeks to understand microbial methylation: the process by which microbes transform mercury into methylmercury in the environment.
Principal Investigator: Cynthia Gilmour
The Molecular Ecology lab applies DNA-based techniques to understand how plants and fungi interact and are affected by anthropogenic changes in the environment.
Principal Investigator: Melissa McCormick
The Nutrient Lab studies the flows of nitrogen and phosphorus in ecosystems, the consequences of human-induced nutrient enrichment, and ways of removing excess nutrients from circulation in the environment.
Principal Investigator: Thomas Jordan
Our lab is focused on understanding the effects and interactions of the chemical, physical, and biological drivers of coastal acidification.
Principal Investigator: Whitman Miller
The Photobiology and Solar Radiation laboratory at SERC focuses on solar Ultraviolet Radiation and its effects in ecosystems.
Principal Investigator: Patrick Neale
We are interested in plants and interactions between plants and other organisms, including animals, fungi and bacteria. We work at scales ranging from molecular to landscape and we spread our efforts about equally between wetlands and terrestrial ecosystems.
Principal Investigator: Dennis Whigham
The Quantitative Ecology Lab focuses on the ecological mechanisms that structure forest communities and determine the fine- and large-scale spatial and temporal dynamics of forests.
Principal Investigator: Sean McMahon
We study biological invasions, biodiversity-ecosystem function, and the consequences of climate change for species’ distributions and interactions.
Principal Investigator: John Parker