Patricia Delgado
Bert Drake
Chunlei Fan
David W. Inouye
Mintesinot Jiru
Eric Stewart Kasischke
Stephen R. Keller
Brian Needelman
Ross J. Salawitch
Kevin Sellner
E. Eugene Williams

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Area of expertise Wetland ecology
Name Patricia Delgado
Title Director, Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary; Former Research Coordinator, Maryland Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (CBNERR-MD) (-2013)
Department Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks, Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary: 1361 Wrighton Road, Lothian, MD 20711
University
Email Rpdelg88@aacounty.org
Phone 410.741.9330
Description of relevant research Monitoring the impacts of SLR (flooding and salinity intrusion) on species composition and dominance in brackish and tidal freshwater marshes. Studying sedimentation dynamics in wetlands and its relationship to sea-level rise.
Relevant citations Delgado, P., P. F. Hensel, C. W. Swarth, M. Ceroni, and R. Boumans.2013. Sustainability of a Tidal Freshwater Marsh Exposed to a Long-term Hydrologic Barrier and Sea Level Rise: A Short-term and Decadal Analysis of Elevation Change Dynamics. Estuaries and Coasts: DOI:10.1007/s12237-013-9587-2


Swarth, C.W., P.Delgado, and D. F. Whigham. 2012. Vegetation
Dynamics in a Tidal Freshwater Wetland: A Long-Term Study at Differing Scales. Estuaries and Coasts: DOI:10.1007/s12237-012-9568-x

Web links South River Source, Article
Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary News
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Area of expertise Impact of climate change on Chesapeake Bay
Name Bert G Drake
Title Senior Research Scientist, Emeritus
Department Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
University Smithsonian Institution
Email drakeb@si.edu
Phone 410.867.1957
Description of relevant research The impact of rising atmospheric CO2 and climate change on Chesapeake Bay wetland plants and ecosystem processes . An ecosystem project to expose sections of a wetland to elevated CO2 has been funded since 1985 and is still operating. Bert G Drake has given numerous public lectures on climate change to schools, churches, professional organizations, universities and research groups in the US and many foreign countries.
Relevant citations D. Loustau, B. Hungate and BG Drake, 1999. Effects of water and rising atmospheric CO2 on net primary and net ecosystem production of terrestrial ecosystems: interactions with nutrient limitations. In: Roy, Saugier and Mooney, Eds. Global Production, GCTE volume, Ch 9.
Web links Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
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Area of expertise Aquatic microbial ecology and biogeochemistry
Name Chunlei Fan
Title Associate Professor
Department Morgan State University
University Biology Department/Patuxent Environmental & Aquatic Research Laboratory
Email chunlei.fan@morgan.edu
Phone 410.586.9712
Description of relevant research Dr. Fan studies aquatic microbial ecology and biogeochemistry in marine and estuarine environments with the focus on nutrients, eutrophication and Harmful Algal Blooms (HAB).
Relevant citations
Web links Pawtuxent Environmental & Aquatic Research Laboratory
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David Inouye
Area of expertise Climate change impacts in Colorodo Rocky Mountains
Name David W. Inouye
Title Professor
Department Department of Biology
University University of Maryland
Email inouye@umd.edu
Phone 301.405.6946
Description of relevant research Most of Dr. Inouye’s research expertise is focused on the Colorado Rocky Mountains, where he does research each summer.
Relevant citations Lambert, A., A. J. Miller-Rushing, and D. W. Inouye. 2010. Changes in snowmelt date and summer precipitation affect the flowering phenology of Erythronium grandiflorum Pursh (glacier lily, Liliaceae). American Journal of Botany 97(9): 1431–1437.


Miller-Rushing, A. J., Toke T. Høye, D. W. Inouye, and E. Post. 2010. The effects of phenological mismatch on demography. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 365: 3177-3186.


Aldridge, G., D. W. Inouye, J. R. K. Forrest, W. A. Barr, and A. J. Miller-Rushing. 2011. Emergence of a mid-season period of low floral resources in a montane meadow ecosystem associated with climate change. Journal of Ecology 99(4): 905-913.


Inouye, D. W. 2011. Effects of frost on wildflowers: an unexpected consequence of climate change. EcoEd Digital Library http://ecoed.esa.org/ [collection of 22 photographs and graphs]


Boggs, C. L., and D. W.Inouye. 2012. A single climate driver has direct and indirect effects on pollinator numbers. Ecology Letters 15(5):502-508. [Rated “must read” by Faculty of 1000] Anderson, J. T., D. W.

Web links David Inouye
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Area of expertise Impacts of Climate change on Water quality and quantity
Name Mintesinot Jiru
Title Associate Professor
Department Natural Sciences
University Coppin State University
Email MJiru@Coppin.edu
Phone 410.951.4139
Description of relevant research Impact of climate change on water quality and quantity in reservoirs: a case study at the Liberty reservoir. Mintesinot Jiru and his team are analyzing long term climate data to understand reservoir water quality and quantity changed over time.
Relevant citations Increasing water productivity on Vertisols: Implications for environmental sustainability
Web links Mintesinot Jiru
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Area of expertise Climate change impact in boreal ecosystems
Name Eric Stewart Kasischke
Title Professor
Department Geographical Sciences
University University of Maryland College Park
Email ekasisch@umd.edu
Phone 301.405.2179
Description of relevant research Dr. Kasischke’s research does not focus on Maryland, but on the impacts of climate change in boreal ecosystems. This is one of the regions experiencing the highest level of climate change in the world.
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Area of expertise Genetic diversity in natural populations
Name Stephen R. Keller
Title Assistant Professor
Department Appalachian Laboratory
University University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
Email skeller@umces.edu
Phone
Description of relevant research
Dr. Keller studies genetic diversity in natural populations and how diversity is impacted by different threats of environmental change. Specifically with regard to climate change, Dr. Keller has been studying how trees exhibit genetically-based adaptations to different climate regimes in different parts of their geographic range, and how this is likely to impact their growth under future climate conditions. Dr. Keller also studies invasive species, which are a component of global change more generally, and which interact with climate change to exert negative consequences for native ecosystems. Lastly, Dr. Keller has recently begun studying biological impacts of wind energy development on bats, which is a consequence of the need to move away from fossil fuels for our energy requirements.
Relevant citations Keller, S.R., P. D. Fields, A. E. Berardi, and D. R. Taylor. Recent admixture generates heterozygosity-fitness correlations during the range expansion of an invading species. (in review).


Keller, S.R., K. J. Gilbert, P. D. Fields, and D. R. Taylor. 2012.Bayesian inference of a complex invasion history revealed by nuclear and chloroplast genetic diversity in the colonizing plant, Silene latifolia. Molecular Ecology 19:41721-4734.


Olson, M.S., N. Levsen, R.Soolanayakanahally, R. Guy, W. Schroeder, S.R. Keller, and P. Tiffin. 2012. The adaptive potential of the dominant boreal forest tree Populus balsamifera L. to phenology requirements in a warmer global climate. Molecular Ecology 22:1214-1230.


Keller, S.R., Soolanayakanahally, R.Y., Guy, R.D., Silim, S., Olson, M.S., and P Tiffin. 2011. Climate-driven local adaptation of ecophysiology and phenology in balsam poplar, Populus balsamifera (Salicaceae),. American Journal of Botany 98:99-108.

Web links
Keller Lab: Ecological Genomics
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Area of expertise Soil formation processes
Name Brian Needelman
Title Associate Professor
Department Environmental Science and Technology
University University of Maryland
Email bneed@umd.edu
Phone 301.405.8227
Description of relevant research Soil formation processes in tidal wetland soils including organic matter accumulation and decomposition, greenhouse gas fluxes, wetland elevation dynamics and sustainability in the face of sea-level rise and other climate change factors, and carbon crediting schemes. Also integrated socio-ecological to increase the resilience of the coastal marshes and communities to sea-level rise and other stresses.
Relevant citations Wills, S.A., B.A. Needelman, and R.W. Weil. 2008. Carbon distribution in restored and reference marshes at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. Archives of Agronomy and Soil Science 54:239-248.


Poffenbarger, H., B.A.Needelman, and J.P. Megonigal. 2011. Salinity influence on methane emissions from tidal marshes. Wetlands 31:831-842.


Bickford, W.A., B.A.Needelman, R.R. Weil, and A.H. Baldwin. 2012. Vegetation response to prescribed fire in Mid-Atlantic brackish marshes. Estuaries and Coasts 35:1432-1442. DOI:10.1007/s12237-012-9538-3


Geatz, G.W., B.A.Needelman, R.R. Weil, and J.P. Megonigal. 2013. Nutrient availability and soil organic matter decomposition response to prescribed burns in Mid-Atlantic brackish marshes. Soil Science Society of America Journal. (In press)

Web links Brian Needelman
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Area of expertise Effects of human activity on atmospheric composition
Name Ross J. Salawitch
Title Professor
Department AOSC, CHEM, and ESSIC
University University of Maryland, College Park
Email rjs@atmos.umd.edu
Phone 301.405.5396
Description of relevant research Ross J. Salawitch’s research focuses on the quantification of the effects of human activity on atmospheric composition, with focuses on: a) air quality in the mid-Atlantic; b) the quantification of natural and human influences on global climate; c) factors that regulate the abundance of carbon dioxide; d) the protective ozone layer.
Relevant citations An empirical model of global climate
Full list of publications
Web links Ross J. Salawitch
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Area of expertise Ecosystems
Name Kevin Sellner
Title Executive Director, Chesapeake Research Consortium
Department
University
Email
Phone
Description of relevant research Understanding large ecosystem, societal, and public health impacts of inc. T, major events, subsidence/SLR. Co-author of CBP STAC climate change whitepaper and subsequent peer-reviewed publication.
Relevant citations Najjar, R., C.R. Pyke, M.B. Adams, D. Breitburg, C. Hershner, W.M. Kemp, R. Howarth, M.R. Mulholland, M. Paolisso, D. Secor, K. Sellner, D. Wardrop, and R. Wood.. 2010. Potential climate-change impacts on the Chesapeake Bay. Est. Coastal Shelf Sci. 86: 1-20.
Web links Chesapeake Research Consortium
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Area of expertise Temperature change
Name E. Eugene Williams
Title Professor
Department Biological Sciences
University Salisbury Univsersity
Email
Phone
Description of relevant research Dr. Williams studies how temperature and temperature change affects fish as the physiological, cellular and molecular levels.
Relevant citations
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