Biology & Marine Biology

Faculty & Staff

Lawrence B. Cahoon, Professor

Dr.-GenX2.jpgPh.D., Zoology, Duke University, Durham, NC, 1981
B.S., Biology, Washington & Lee University, Lexington, VA, 1975, summa cum laude
Dobo Hall 210 | (910) 962-3706 | 601 South College Road, Wilmington, NC 28403-5915

I am a biological oceanographer and limnologist. My basic research interests include primary production, grazing, and nutrient dynamics, and my applied research interests include various aspects of water quality analysis and remediation. A major focus of my research has been the role of benthic microalgae in oceanic, estuarine, and freshwater ecosystems. I am interested in studying the basic processes regulating benthic microalgal distribution and production, nutrient cycling, grazers in near-bottom habitats, and human impacts on sediment-water interface processes. I am also interested in evaluating water quality management practices in coastal areas, interactions of water quality with community function in estuarine habitats, and effects of climate variation on coastal features. My teaching interests include biological oceanography, limnology, forensic environmental science, and climate change processes and effects.

Flood, J., and L.B. Cahoon. 2011. Risks to Coastal Wastewater Collection Systems from Sea Level Rise and Climate Change. J. Coastal Research 27(4): 652-660.

Cahoon, L.B., K.M. Hardy, and D.M. Allen. Exploring relationships between river discharge and coastal ocean phytoplankton biomass. Validated in EcoEdNet, Nov. 9, 2009.

McGee, D., R.A. Laws, and L.B. Cahoon. 2008. Live benthic diatoms from the upper continental slope: Extending the limits of marine primary production. Marine Ecology Progress Series 356:103-112.

Cahoon, L.B. 2006. Upscaling primary production estimates: Regional and global scale estimates of microphytobenthos production, in Kromkamp, J.C., J.F.C. de Brouwer, G.F. Blanchard, R.M. Forster, and V. Creach, eds., Functioning of Microphytobenthos in Estuaries. Edita-the Publishing House of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. 400 p.

Cahoon, L.B., J.C. Hales, K.R. Rowland, E.S. Carey, S. Loucaides, and J.E. Nearhoof. 2006. Shellfishing closures in southwest Brunswick County, North Carolina: Septic tanks vs. storm water runoff as fecal coliform sources. J. Coastal Research 22 (2):319-327.