Saving our Coastal Wetlands
Coastal wetlands from the Arctic to the Maritimes feed nutrients to the sea, filter pollution, and provide critical wildlife habitats. However, they are increasingly threatened by land use practices, pollution, and climate change.
What are the greatest threats to coastal wetlands? Can degraded wetlands be restored? Dr. Mark Mallory, Chair in Coastal Wetland Ecosystems, is trying to answer these and other questions to help save them.
Mallory is using local ecological knowledge, remote sensing, paleoenvironmental, and modern ecological approaches to determine how the health of coastal wetland ecosystems varies naturally, and is affected by environmental changes.
Mallory’s research will provide better tools to assess the health of coastal wetland ecosystems. The information he obtains will ultimately be used to conserve and restore healthy, sustainable coastal regions.