We are a team of researchers from University of Houston, Texas A & M University at Galveston, and Florida International University. We seek to understand changes in our coastal environments in order to support better management of fisheries and other recreational resources.

Principal Investigators

Steve PenningsDr. Steven C. Pennings

Pennings is a Professor at the University of Houston. He studies the factors that structure plant communities in salt marshes. His laboratory is currently studying the ecological interactions between mangrove seedlings and salt marsh vegetation that are mediating the success of mangroves in different habitats along the Texas coast.

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Anna ArmitageDr. Anna R. Armitage

Armitage is a Professor at Texas A&M University at Galveston. Her research examines the community-level interactions that structure food webs in coastal ecosystems such as salt marshes, mangrove swamps, tidal mudflats, seagrass beds, and tidal freshwater wetlands.

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John KominoskiDr. John Kominoski

Kominoski is an Associate Professor at Florida International University. His research focuses on how variation in nutrient concentrations (nitrogen, N; phosphorus, P) and carbon: nutrient ratios influence microbial organic matter process rates and ecosystem metabolism in upland and coastal ecosystems such as forested streams, freshwater and salt marshes, mangrove forests and swamps.

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