Center for Marine Science

CMS Research :: Coastal Plant Ecology

Researchers in the Coastal Plant Ecology Lab at CMS are interested in underwater grasses also known as submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV). SAV are found at the land-sea margin, a highly variable, stressful, and disturbed habitat. In recent decades increases in anthropogenic disturbances and impacts from climate change in coastal and estuarine habitats resulted in a decline of SAV populations at a global scale. Our aim is to understand the effects of environmental stressors on large-scale physiological processes such as plant development and reproduction within SAV populations and to communicate these results to resource agencies and policy makers charged with their management.  

Program contact

Dr. Jessie Jarvis
Assistant Professor, Biology and Marine Biology