Bringing Wetlands to Market: Nitrogen & Coastal Blue Carbon

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Project Team

Project Team Leadership

Dr. Omar I. Abdul-Aziz

Dr. Omar I. Abdul-Aziz is an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at Florida International University. He is the modeling investigator for the BWM project. His expertise combines mechanistic and empirical modeling in a wide spectrum of earth and environmental sciences and engineering. He can be reached at: oabdulaz at

Steve Emmett-Mattox

Steve Emmett-Mattox leads new initiatives for Restore America’s Estuaries, including strategic efforts in estuary economics and the connections between coastal habitat restoration and climate change impacts, mitigation and adaptation. He leads development of the methodology for getting carbon credits for blue carbon in tidal wetlands. He can be reached at: sem at

Dr. Kevin Kroeger

Dr. Kevin Kroeger is a scientist at the U.S. Geological Survey in Woods Hole, and an applied science investigator for the Carbon Management in Coastal Wetlands Project. He has studied coastal ecosystems for 15 years, with a specialization in influxes and biogeochemistry of nitrogen in groundwater discharge to estuaries. He conducts field research on lateral carbon fluxes in wetlands for the BWM Project. He can be reached at: kkroeger at

Dr. Serena Moseman-Valtierra

Dr. Serena Moseman-Valtierra is a scientist at the University of Rhode Island.  She specializes in salt marsh ecology and biogeochemistry and work to discern ways that human impacts (such as nutrient loading, sedimentation, and biological invasion) have altered nitrogen cycling in coastal wetlands. She conducts field research on plant proxies for carbon storage on the BWM project. She can be reached at: smoseman at

Tonna-Marie Rogers

Tonna-Marie Rogers is the Project and Collaboration Lead for the BWM Project and the Coastal Training Program Coordinator at Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. She leads activities to ensure that potential end-users of the science are linked with the scientists and are in engaged in a Collaborative Learning process. She can be reached at: tonna-marie.surgeon-rogers at

Dr. Jianwu (Jim) Tang

Dr. Jianwu (Jim) Tang is a scientist at the Ecosystems Center at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole, and an applied science investigator for this project. His research focus is the impact of climate change on ecosystem processes and functions, and the feedback of terrestrial ecosystems to climate change. He conducts research on the lateral fluxes of carbon storage in wetlands on the BWM Project. He can be reached at: jtang at

Tom Walker

Tom Walker is a natural resource economist. He recently directed the Manomet Center for Conservation Science’s biomass energy carbon study and is currently assisting with the natural resource damage assessment for the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. He is leading an economic analysis of carbon market benefits for the BWM project.  He can be reached at: twalker01773 at

BWM Project Team and Partners

BWM Project Team members met at WBNERR in March 2013

 The BWM Project benefits from many project partners and collaborators, including:

National Estuarine Research Reserve Association (NERRA)
Fiscal Agent: Rebecca Roth, Executive Director, National Estuarine Research Reserve Association
Paul Dest, Director, Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve

Field Investigations
Sandra Baldwin, USGS Woods Hole
Elizabeth Brannon, Coastal Carolina University
Wally Brooks, USGS Woods Hole
Michael Casso, USGS Woods Hole
Sophie Chu, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Neil Ganju, USGS Woods Hole
Meagan Eagle Gonneea, USGS Woods Hole
Adrian Green, USGS Woods Hole
Jessie Gunnard, Marine Biological Laboratory
Linda Kraemer, USGS, emeritus
Thomas Kraemer, USGS, emeritus volunteer
Matthew Manning, USGS Woods Hole
Rose Martin, University of Rhode Island
Kate Morkeski, Marine Biological Laboratory
John Pohlman, USGS Woods Hole
Amanda Spivak, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Aleck Wang, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Charles Worley, USGS Woods Hole

Methodology Development
Stephen Crooks, ESA, Inc.
Igino Emmer, Silvestrum
Pat Megonigal, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

Model Development
Khandker Saqib Ishtiaq, Florida International University

Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
Katelyn Cadoret , Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
Kate Harvey, Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
Jordan Mora, Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
James Rassman, Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
Chris Weidman, Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

Project Partners & Funders

This project is supported by the National Estuarine Research Reserve System Science Collaborative, a partnership of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the University of New Hampshire. Projects sponsored by this program bring intended users of science into the research process so that their perspectives can inform problem definition, research implementation, and ultimately, the practical application of research results to help manage coastal environments, protect human health and property, and support coastal economies. For more information, visit

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