Sea-level rise and thin layer placement: How they affect salt marsh C and N cycling
Dr. Charles Schutte, Professor of Marine and Coastal Science, Rowan University, presents this week's seminar.
About Dr. Schutte
Charles Schutte earned a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of North Carolina in 2007 and a PhD in Marine Science from the University of Georgia in 2014. He has been an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Science at Rowan University since 2019 where he teaches field methods and oceanography courses. His work is focused on understanding how nutrients and greenhouse gases cycle through aquatic environments and how these cycles are likely to shift in response to global environmental alterations like climate change and sea-level rise.
About the Seminar
Around half of New Jersey’s salt marshes are not keeping pace with sea-level rise and face increasing inundation and salinity. How will this affect soil-based ecosystem services that these marshes provide, like nitrogen removal and carbon burial? In this presentation, Dr. Schutte will discuss how sea-level rise and other human-caused disturbances may interact to exacerbate marsh loss and share results about how one method to protect marshes from sea-level rise, thin later placement, affects soil nitrogen cycling process rates.