Understanding The Impact Of Increased Coastal Erosion And Invasive Plants

THU, NOV 17, 2016

In his speech, “Invasive Species and Carbon Cycling in Coastal Dunes of Cape Cod,” Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sea Grant College Program’s coastal ecologist Dr. Robert Vincent will discuss working with the US Environmental Protection Agency and the National Park Service to study carbon cycling in coastal dune habitats. He is also exploring the effects of historic peat deposits on the establishment and persistence of invasive plants (Phragmites australis). With the increased risk of erosion from coastal storms exposing the once-buried peat deposits and the challenge of controlling an aggressive invasive species, there is much to learn from Dr. Vincent about this dynamic system. He will discuss how the research findings from this study will inform future conservation efforts in the region and help us gain a deeper understanding of carbon cycling in coastal dunes.

+ BIO: Robert Vincent

Robert Vincent is the Advisory Leader for the MIT Sea Grant College Program, Marine Advisory Group. His work focuses on the ecology and restoration of freshwater wetland, estuarine, and marine systems. Vincent's research interests include physical and biological processes that influence ecosystem structure and function; connectivity and food web dynamics; and the effects of climate and anthropogenic impacts on natural systems and ecosystem services.

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