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Merryl Alber

Professor, Department of Marine Sciences, University of Georgia
Director, University of Georgia Marine Institute at Sapelo Island
Director, Georgia Coastal Research Council


Expertise:
Estuarine ecology, coastal policy

Issues of Interest:
Freshwater withdrawal (instream flow); marsh hammocks; eutrophication and other water quality issues

Project Links:

Development and Analysis of Coastal Water Quality Indicators
Merryl Alber and Joan Sheldon (Dept of Marine Sciences, Univ of Georgia, Athens) Freshwater Inflow

Using Ecosystem Services to Evaluate Future Development Scenarios in Coastal Georgia
C. Ronald Carroll (UGA River Basin Center, Odum School of Ecology), M. Alber (UGA Marine Sciences), K. Sheehan (UGA River Basin Center, Odum School of Ecology), J.P. Schmidt (UGA Odum School of Ecology/ Marine Sciences)

Model Development -- SqueezeBox: A Simple Tool to Understand the Impacts of River Flow on Estuarine Salinity
Joan Sheldon and Merryl Alber (Dept of Marine Sciences, Univ of Georgia)

Georgia Coastal Ecosystems - Long Term Ecological Research (LTER)
Merryl Alber, Tim Hollibaugh, Steve Pennings, Wade Sheldon, Clark Alexander, Dale Bishop, Jack Blanton, Adrian Burd, Chris Craft, Daniela Di Iorio, Mandy Joye, Christof Meile, Billy Moore, Brian Silliman and John Wares

Southeast Coastal Water Quality Monitoring Metadata Project
Merryl Alber and Wade Sheldon (Dept of Marine Sciences, Univ of Georgia, Athens)

Freshwater Inflow

White Paper -- Effects of Changing Freshwater Inflow to Estuaries: A Georgia Perspective
Merryl Alber and Janice Flory (Dept of Marine Sciences, Univ of Georgia)
Full paper -- PDF (opens in new window)

Special session at Nov 2001 meeting of the Estuarine Research Federation -- "Freshwater Inflow: Science, Policy and Management"
Paul Montagna (Dept of Marine Science, Univ of Texas), Peter Doering (South Florida Water Management District), Merryl Alber (Dept of Marine Sciences, Univ of Georgia), and Michael Connor (San Francisco Estuarine Institute)

Dedicated issue of the journal "Estuaries" (December 2002) drawing from the Estuarine Research Federation special session

Estuarine Creek Fronts: Biological Interfaces Between Tidal Creeks and Estuaries
Merryl Alber (Dept of Marine Sciences, Univ of Georgia)

Study of Human Impacts on the Salinity Regimes of Coastal Georgia Estuaries
Richard Wiegert, Merryl Alber, Alice Chalmers (Dept. of Marine Sciences, Univ. of Georgia) and Jackson O. Blanton (Skidaway Inst. of Oceanography)

The Impact of Land Use Changes on the Salt Regimes of Georgia Estuaries
Richard Wiegert, Merryl Alber, Alice Chalmers (Dept. of Marine Sciences, Univ. of Georgia) and Jackson O. Blanton (Skidaway Inst. of Oceanography)

Georgia Rivers Land Margin Ecosystem Research Program: A comparative study of the transport and transformation of materials from rivers through the land-sea margin
Richard G. Wiegert, Robert Hodson, William Wiebe, Mary Ann Moran, Merryl Alber, Alice Chalmers (Dept. of Marine Sciences), Lawrence R. Pomeroy (Inst. of Ecology), Jackson O. Blanton and Clark Alexander (Skidaway Inst. of Oceanography)

State of Knowledge Report: Satilla River Estuary
Merryl Alber (Dept of Marine Sciences, Univ of Georgia, Athens), Clark Alexander and Jack Blanton (Skidaway Inst of Oceanography, Savannah), Alice Chalmers (Dept of Marine Sciences, Univ of Georgia, Athens), and Keith Gates (Marine Extension Service, Brunswick)

Coastal Watershed Condition Assessments: Cumberland Island Nat'l Seashore and Fort Pulaski Nat'l Monument
Merryl Alber (Dept of Marine Sciences, Univ of Georgia, Athens), Janice Flory (Dept of Marine Sciences, Univ of Georgia, Athens), Karen Payne (Marine Extension Service, Savannah), Caroline McFarlin (Dept of Marine Sciences, Univ of Georgia, Athens)

Other Recent Projects:

  • Seston over oyster reefs: seston quality, quantity, and the contribution of benthic diatoms to the diet of oysters
    Location: Duplin River (SINERR)

  • Georgia Coastal Ecosystems LTER
    - Water quality (particulate C and N, chlorophyll)
    - Invertebrates
    - Location: Sapelo, Doboy, Altamaha Sounds
  • Spartina species zonation along a salinity gradient
    Location: Altamaha River Estuary

  • Vegetation on marsh hammocks
    Location: near Sapelo Island

  • SqueezeBox model: a simple tool to understand the impacts of river flow on estuarine salinity
    Location: Altamaha, Ogeechee River Estuaries

  • Coastal watershed condition assessments
    Location: Cumberland Island National Seashore, Fort Pulaski National Monument

Selected Publications:

Hladik, C., J. Schalles and M. Alber 2013 Salt marsh elevation and habitat mapping using hyperspectral and LIDAR data. Remote Sensing of Environment (DOI 10/1016/j.rse.2013.08.003)

M. Alber and J.E. Sheldon 2011. Water quality status of Georgia estuaries and coastal waters using recommended indicators. Proc. of the 2011 Georgia Water Resources Conference.

White, S.N. and Alber, M. 2009. Drought-associated shifts in Spartina alterniflora and S. cynosuroides in the Altamaha River estuary. Wetlands. 29(1):215-224. (DOI: 10.1672/08-39.1)

Alber, M., Swenson, E.M., Adamowicz, S.C. and Mendelssohn, I.A. 2008. Salt marsh dieback: An overview of recent events in the US. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science. 80:1-11. (DOI: 10.1016/j.ecss.2008.08.009)

Hopkinson, C., Lugo, A., Alber, M., Covich, A. and Van Bloem, S.J. 2008. Understanding and forecasting the effects of sea level rise and intense windstorms on coastal and upland ecosystems: the need for a continental-scale network of observatories. Frontiers in Ecology. 6(5):255-263.

Homepage:
http://www.marsci.uga.edu/directory/malber.htm

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