Coral reefs in Jobos Bay (National Estuarine Research Reserve) are under duress by anthropogenic as well as by natural stressors. The main purpose of this project is to implement the FORAM Index and to determine which factors play a seasonal role in the water quality of the reefs. This project is funded by Puerto Rico Sea Grant.
This project emphasizes the use of a multi-proxy approach to characterizing hurricane-induced deposits in coastal and inland environments impacted, respectively, by storm surge and fluvial flooding processes.
The objective of this project is to assess key coastal and terrestrial environments along the path of a modern hurricane (Hurricane Maria of 2017) in order to identify and characterize its storm surge and inland flood deposits. This research will discover prominent hurricane-induced sediment deposition in coastal and interior environments that will shed light on the severity and geographical variation of storm impacts in different geomorphological settings, thus offering a “modern analog” that can aid the search for the evidence of paleohurricanes in the geological record. This project is funded by NSF-GSS Award #1853794.
This project is in collaboration with Dr. Kam-Biu Liu, Mr. Nicholas Culligan (Louisiana State University) and Dr. Thomas Bianchette (Oakland University).