Curriculum Vitae

Nathaniel B. Weston

Department of Geography and the Environment, Villanova University

Villanova, PA 19085

nathaniel.weston@villanova.edu; 610.519.8009

 

Education

2005               Ph.D. in Marine Science, University of Georgia

1997               B.A. in Environmental Science, Hampshire College

 

Professional Experience

Associate Professor

Department of Geography and the Environment, Villanova University, Villanova, PA

2014-present
Assistant Professor

Department of Geography and the Environment, Villanova University, Villanova, PA

2008-2014
Visiting Adjunct Professor

Department of Biology, Villanova University, Villanova, PA

2007-2008
Postdoctoral Scientist

Department of Biology, Villanova University, Villanova, PA

2006-2008
Postdoctoral Fellow

Patrick Center for Environmental Research, The Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, PA

2005-2006
Research Technician

Plum Island Ecosystem Long Term Ecological Research (PIE-LTER), The Ecosystems Center, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA

1998-2000
Teaching Assistant

The Semester in Environmental Science, The Ecosystems Center, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA

1997
Research Technician

Arctic LTER (ARC-LTER), Toolik Lake, AK

1997

 

Peer-Reviewed Publications (* Undergraduate Student)

Weston, N.B., S.C Neubauer, D.J. Velinsky and M.A. Vile. 2014. Net ecosystem carbon exchange and the greenhouse gas balance of tidal marshes along an estuarine salinity gradient. Biogeochemistry 120: 163-189.

Weston, N.B. 2014. Declining sediments and rising seas: An unfortunate convergence for tidal wetlands. Estuaries and Coasts 37: 1-23.

Porubsky, W.P., N.B. Weston, W.S. Moore, C. Ruppel and S.B. Joye. 2014. Dynamics of submarine groundwater discharge (SGD) and associated fluxes of dissolved nutrients, carbon, and trace gases to the coastal zone (Okatee River estuary, South Carolina). Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta. 131: 81-97.

Giblin, A.E., C. Tobias, B. Song, N.B. Weston, G.T. Banta and V. Rivera-Monroy. 2013. The importance of dissimilatory nitrate reduction to ammonium (DNRA) in the nitrogen cycle of coastal ecosystems. Oceanography 26: 124-131.

Weston, N.B., M.A. Vile, D.J. Velinsky and S.C. Neubauer. 2011. Accelerated microbial organic matter mineralization following salt-water intrusion into tidal freshwater marsh soils. Biogeochemistry 102: 135-151.

Weston, N.B., A.E. Giblin, G. Banta, C.S. Hopkinson and J. Tucker. 2010. The effects of varying salinity on ammonium exchange in estuarine sediments of the Parker River, Massachusetts. Estuaries and Coasts 33: 985-1003.

Giblin, A.E., N.B. Weston, G.T. Banta, J. Tucker and C.S. Hopkinson. 2010.  The effects of salinity on nitrogen losses from an oligohaline estuarine sediment. Estuaries and Coasts 33: 1054-1068.

Porubsky, W.P., N.B. Weston, and S.B. Joye. 2009.  Benthic metabolism and the fate of dissolved inorganic nitrogen in intertidal sediments. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 83: 392-402.

Edmonds, J.W. N.B. Weston, S.B. Joye, X. Mou and M.A. Moran. 2009. Microbial community response to seawater amendment in low-salinity tidal sediments. Microbial Ecology 58: 558-568.

Weston, N.B., J.T. Hollibaugh and S.B. Joye. 2009. Population growth away from the coastal zone. Thirty years of land use change and nutrient export in the Altamaha River, GA. Science of the Total Environment 407: 3347-3356.

Edmonds, J.W., N.B. Weston, S.B. Joye and M.A. Moran. 2008. Variation in prokaryotic community composition as a function of resource availability in tidal creek sediments. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 74: 1836-1844.

Weston, N.B., S.B. Joye, W.P. Porubsky, V. Samarkin, M. Erickson and S.E. MacAvoy. 2006a. Porewater stoichiometry of terminal metabolic products, sulfate, and dissolved organic carbon and nitrogen in estuarine intertidal creek-bank sediments. Biogeochemistry 77: 375-408.

Weston, N.B., *R.E. Dixon and S.B. Joye. 2006b. Ramifications of increased salinity in tidal freshwater sediments: Geochemistry and microbial pathways of organic matter mineralization. Journal of Geophysical Research – Biogeosciences 111: G01009.

Weston, N.B. and S.B. Joye. 2005. Temperature-driven decoupling of key phases of organic matter degradation in marine sediments. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 102: 17036-17040.

Published Conference Proceedings

Joye, S.B., W.P. Porubsky, N.B. Weston, and R.Y. Lee. 2003. Benthic microalgal production and nutrient dynamics in intertidal sediments. In: Rullkötter, J. (Ed.), BioGeoChemistry of Tidal Flats, Proceedings of a Workshop held at the Hanse Institute of Advanced Study, Delmenhorst, Germany, May 14-17, 2003. Forschungszentrum Terramare Berichte 12: 67-70.

Weston, N.B., J.T. Hollibaugh, J. Sandow and S.B. Joye. 2003. Nutrients and dissolved organic matter in the Altamaha river and loading to the coastal zone. Proceedings of the 2003 Georgia Water Resources Conference, held April 23-24, 2003, at the University of Georgia. Kathryn J. Hatcher, editor, Institute of Ecology, The University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia.

*Schmitt, C., N.B. Weston and C. Hopkinson. 1998. Preliminary evaluation of sedimentation rates and species distribution in Plum Island Estuary, Massachusetts. Biological Bulletin 195:232-233.

Weston, N.B., S. Carini, A. Giblin, G. Banta, C. Hopkinson and J. Tucker. 1996. Estimating denitrification in sediments of the Parker River estuary, Massachusetts. Biological Bulletin 191: 334-335.

Carini, S., N.B. Weston, C. Hopkinson, J. Tucker, A. Giblin and J. Vallino. 1996. Gas exchange rates in the Parker River estuary, Massachusetts. Biological Bulletin 191: 333-334.

 

Press

Science Nation. 2011. http://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/science_nation/marshescoasts.jsp

 

Manuscripts in Preparation

Weston, N.B., Cynthia Troy, William Porubsky, Christelle Hyacinth, Christof Miele, Phillip Van Cappellen, and S.B. Joye. Controls on nitrous oxide production in soils and sediments: The role of stress. In preparation for Global Change Biology.

Weston, N.B. and C.H. Hopkinson. Diel oxygen transects used to model estuarine respiration and production. In preparation for Limnology and Oceanography Methods.

Kearns, P., N.B. Weston, J. Bowen, T. Zivkovic, and M.A. Vile. Tidal freshwater marshes harbor phylogentically unique clades of sulfate reducers that are resilient to salinity amendment and distinguished by depth. In preparation for Applied Environmental Microbiology.

Weston, N.B. and M.A. Vile. Marsh plant response to sea-level rise and salt-water intrusion along an estuarine salinity gradient. In preparation for Ecology.

 

Grants Funded (Amounts indicate budget at Villanova University and may not reflect total project budget)

PIs:                             Weston, N.B.

Title:                            RUI: Human alteration of sediment delivery to the coast – Legacies of land use, coastal wetland accretion, and future vulnerability to sea level rise

Funding Agency:     National Science Foundation

Amount:                     $331,649

Dates:                         5/15-4/18

 

PIs:                             Giblin, A.E., W. Wollheim, J. Morris, C. Hopkinson, L. Deegan, J. Vallino, G. Pontius, P. Raymond, N.B. Weston, S. Fagherazzi, J. Bowen, D. Johnson

Title:                            Plum Island Sound Long Term Ecological Research

Funding Agency:     National Science Foundation Long Term Ecological Research Program

Amount:                     $0 (VU portion; I was added as co-Principle Investigator to this ongoing project during a recent resubmission. I will receive funds in the future to support research)

Dates:                         1/14-12/18

 

PIs:                             Velinsky, D.J., Weston, N.B.

Title:                            Phosphorus cycling in Barnegat Bay

Funding Agency:     New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

Amount:                     $28,000

Dates:                         6/14-6/15

 

PIs:                             Weston, N.B.

Title:                            Assessing radioactive and trace metal contamination of streams by natural gas extraction activities in the Marcellus Shale

Funding Agency:     Villanova University Summer Research Fellowship and Research Support Grant

Amount:                     $12,450

Dates:                         6/13-8/13

 

PIs:                             Goldsmith, ST., N.B. Weston, D. Velinsky, J. Mead

Title:                            Establishing a Link between Hydraulic Fracturing Activities and Streamwater Impacts in North-Central Pennsylvania

Funding Agency:     Pennsylvania Sea Grant

Amount:                     $67,913

Dates:                         1/13-12/13

 

PIs:                             Hopkinson, C.S., M.A. Alber, N.B. Weston, A.E. Giblin

Title:                            Determining the effects of land use and climate change on estuarine metabolism: development of a new method for analyzing macro-tidal coastal systems

Funding Agency:     YSI Minding the Plant Competition

Amount:                     $10,778

 

PIs:                             Weston, N.B.

Title:                            Delaware Estuary Tidal Wetlands Monitoring

Funding Agency:     Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia (subcontract)

Amount:                     $20,000

 

PIs:                             Weston, N.B. and M.A. Vile

Title:                            RUI: Integrating the Effects of Sea Level Rise on Tidal Freshwater and Salt Marsh Stability in the Delaware River Estuary

Funding Agency:     National Science Foundation

Amount:                     $283,589

 

PIs:                             Weston, N.B.

Title:                            The Impacts of Climate Change and Sea Level Rise on Tidal Freshwater Marshes of the Delaware River Estuary

Funding Agency:     Villanova University Summer Research Fellowship and Research Support Grant

Amount:                     $11,350

 

Selected Presentations (* Undergraduate Student; ‡ Graduate Student)

Weston, N.B. 2013. Alterations to marsh carbon cycling and greenhouse gas exchange in response to sea-level and salt-water intrusion. American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, CA (Oral Presentation – Invited).

Weston, N.B. 2013. Declining sediments and rising seas: An unfortunate convergence for tidal wetlands. Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation, San Diego, CA (Oral  Presentation).

‡Bryan, Jennifer, L. Harris, N.B. Weston. 2013. Morphological changes and sediment capture potential of Zizania aquatica under experimental inundation treatments. Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation, San Diego, CA (Oral  Presentation).

*Wister, K.H., N.B. Weston, *M.K. Haggerty, *B.R. Donnelly, *S.C. Alesi, *T.N. Iaria, S.T. Goldsmith. 2013. Evaluating a link between shale gas extraction activities and groundwater/societal impacts. The Geological Society of America, Denver, CO (Poster Presentation).

Weston, N.B. 2013. Declining sediments and rising seas: An unfortunate convergence for tidal marshes. Virginia Commonwealth University, Department of Biology, Richmond, VA (Oral Presentation – Invited).

Weston, N.B. 2013. Declining sediments and rising seas: An unfortunate convergence for tidal marshes. Plum Island Ecosystem Long Term Ecological Research All Scientists Meeting, Woods Hole, MA (Oral Presentation).

*Lang, M., N.B. Weston. 2013. Denitrification in tidal marshes along the salinity gradient in the Delaware River Estuary: Implications of salt water intrusion for an important ecosystem service. Plum Island Ecosystem Long Term Ecological Research All Scientists Meeting, Woods Hole, MA (Poster Presentation).

*Haggerty, M., N.B. Weston. 2013. The role of sediment deposition in predicting marsh response to sea-level rise. Plum Island Ecosystem Long Term Ecological Research All Scientists Meeting, Woods Hole, MA (Poster Presentation).

Weston, N.B. 2013. Declining sediments and rising seas: An unfortunate convergence for tidal marshes. Drexel University, Department of Biodiversity, Earth, and Environmental Science, Philadelphia, PA (Oral Presentation – Invited).

Weston, N.B. 2013. What’s mud got to do with sea level rise? Sediment supply and marsh vulnerability to climate change. Delaware Estuary Environmental Summit Conference, Cape May, NJ  (Oral Presentation).

*Lang, M., N.B. Weston. 2013. Denitrification in tidal marshes along the salinity gradient in the Delaware River Estuary: Implications of salt water intrusion for an important ecosystem service. Delaware Estuary Environmental Summit Conference, Cape May, NJ  (Poster Presentation – Best Student Poster Award).

*Haggerty, M., N.B. Weston. 2013. The role of sediment deposition in predicting marsh response to sea-level rise. Delaware Estuary Environmental Summit Conference, Cape May, NJ  (Poster Presentation).

Weston, N.B. 2012. Production, Respiration, and Net Greenhouse Gas Exchange along an Estuarine Salinity Gradient: Evaluating the Influence of Sea-Level Rise and Salt-water Intrusion. American Geophysical Union Chapman Conference, Reston, VA (Oral Presentation – Invited).

Weston, N.B. 2012. Response of Tidal Freshwater Marsh Plant and Microbial Communities in the Delaware River Estuary to Sea-Level Rise and Salt-Water Intrusion. Society of Wetland Scientists, Orlando, FL (Oral Presentation – Invited).

Meschter, J.E. and N.B. Weston. 2012. Quantifying Soil Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Relation to Inundation and Microbial Respiration in Tidal Wetlands. Society of Wetland Scientists, Orlando, FL (Oral Presentation – Invited).

Weston, N.B. 2012. Changing Suspended Sediment Concentrations in rivers along the East and Gulf Coasts of the United States: Implications for tidal marshes. Atlantic Estuarine Research Society, Cape May, NJ (Poster).

*Garcia, M. and Weston, N.B. 2012. Microbial degradation of crude oil in salt and freshwater marsh sediment. Atlantic Estuarine Research Society, Cape May, NJ (Poster).

*Poletto, N. and Weston, N.B. 2012. Assessment of heavy metal accumulation history in tidal marshes along the Delaware River Estuary. Atlantic Estuarine Research Society, Cape May, NJ (Poster).

*Au, E., N.B. Weston 2011. Effects of saltwater intrusion on bioavailable organic matter in marsh soils. Department of Geography and the Environment Senior Projects Presentation, Villanova University (Poster).

*Gordon, A., N.B. Weston. 2011. Gamma emitting radioisotope contamination of drinking water in the Marcellus Shale natural gas extraction area of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Department of Geography and the Environment Senior Projects Presentation, Villanova University (Poster).

*Walsh, J., and N.B. Weston. 2011. Comparative rates of four metabolic processes. Undergraduate Research Grants Program, Villanova University (Poster).

*Garcia, M., and N.B. Weston. 2011. Microbial degradation of crude oil in salt and freshwater marsh sediment. Undergraduate Research Grants Program, Villanova University (Poster).

Weston, N.B. 2011. Microbial organic matter mineralization in response to sea-level rise and salt-water intrusion in tidal freshwater and salt-marshes. Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation, Daytona Beach, FL (Oral Presentation – Invited).

Weston, N.B. 2011. Sea-Level Rise and Salt-Water Intrusion in Tidal Freshwater and Salt-Marshes: Coupled Biogeochemical and Plant Responses. Society of Wetlands Scientists, Prague, Czech Republic (Oral Presentation).

Weston, N.B. 2011. Changing Suspended Sediment Concentrations in Rivers Draining to Coastal Wetlands Along the East and Gulf Coasts of the United States. Society of Wetlands Scientists, Prague, Czech Republic (Oral Presentation).

Weston, N.B. 2011. Response of salt-marsh and tidal freshwater marshes in the Delaware River estuary to sea-level rise and salt-water intrusion. Delaware Estuary Science and Environmental Summit, Cape May, NJ (Oral Presentation).

*Mehta, N., N.B. Weston. 2011. The microbial degradation of crude oil in fresh and saltwater soils. Department of Geography and the Environment Senior Projects Presentation, Villanova University (Poster).

*Patson, M., N.B. Weston. 2011. Mineralization in two wetlands. Department of Geography and the Environment Senior Projects Presentation, Villanova University (Poster).

*Meschter, J., and N.B. Weston. 2011. Sediment and heavy-metal deposition in tidal freshwater and saltwater marshes in the Delaware River estuary: Temporal and spatial patterns of deposition and possible impact of sea-level rise on rates of deposition. Delaware Estuary Science and Environmental Summit, Cape May, NJ (Oral Presentation).

Weston, N.B., M.A. Vile, S.C. Neubauer and D.J. Velinsky. 2010. Accelerated microbial organic matter mineralization following salt-water intrusion into tidal freshwater marsh soils. Society of Wetland Scientists, Salt Lake City, UT (Oral Presentation).Weston, N.B. 2010. Declining suspended sediment concentrations in rivers draining to the East and Gulf Coasts of the United States. Society of Wetland Scientists, Salt Lake City, UT (Poster Presentation).*Meschter, J. and N.B. Weston. 2010. Delivery of sediments and heavy metals to tidal marshes along the Delaware River Estuary. Society of Wetland Scientists, Salt Lake City, UT (Poster Presentation).*Patson, M., *J. Meschter and N.B. Weston. 2010. Impact of sea-level rise and salt-water intrusion on plant growth and seed-bank recruitment in oligohaline marshes of the Delaware River Estuary. Society of Wetland Scientists, Salt Lake City, UT (Poster Presentation).Weston, N.B., M.A. Vile, S.C. Neubauer and D.J. Velinsky. 2009. Sea-Level Rise and Salt-Water Intrusion Limit Vertical Accretion Potential in Tidal Freshwater Marshes of the Delaware River Estuary. Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation. Portland, OR (Oral Presentation).

*Patson, M., J. Meschter and N.B.  Weston. 2009. Impact of Sea Level Rise and Salt Water Intrusion on Plant Growth and Seed-bank Recruitment in Oligohaline Marshes of the Delaware River Estuary. Undergraduate Research Grants Program, Villanova University (Poster).

Weston, N.B., M.A. Vile, S.C. Neubauer and D.J. Velinsky. June 2009. Climate change, sea level rise and salt-water intrusion in tidal freshwater marshes of the Delaware River Estuary. Society of Wetland Scientists. Madison, WI (Oral Presentation – Invited).

Weston, N.B. May 2009. Linking impacts of climate change to carbon and phosphorus dynamics along a salinity gradient in tidal marshes. Environmental Protection Agency Meeting, Seattle, WA (Oral Presentation).

Weston, N.B. March 2009. The impacts of climate change and sea level rise on tidal marshes in the Delaware River Estuary. Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA (Oral Presentation – Invited).

Weston, N.B., M.A. Vile, S.C. Neubauer and D.J Velinksy. January 2009. The impact of climate change and sea level rise on tidal freshwater marshes of the Delaware River Estuary. Partnership for the Delaware River Estuary Science and Environmental Summit, Cape May, NJ (Oral Presentation).

*Prša, T., N.B. Weston and M.A. Vile. January 2009. Changes in metabolic activity and community composition of sulfate reducing bacteria in tidal freshwater marsh soils in response to climate change and saltwater intrusion. Partnership for the Delaware River Estuary Science and Environmental Summit, Cape May, NJ (Poster Presentation – Best Student Poster Award).

*Prša, T., N.B. Weston and M.A. Vile. May 2008. Impact of rising sea levels and salinity intrusion on the metabolic activity and community composition of sulfate reducing bacteria in tidal freshwater marsh sediments. Society of Wetland Scientists, Washington, DC (Poster Presentation – Honorable Mention for best student poster).

Neubauer, S.C., C.B. Craft, M.A. Vile and N.B. Weston. May  2008. Tidal freshwater wetland responses to climate change. Society of Wetland Scientists, Washington, DC (Poster Presentation).

‡Burke-Scoll, M.J., R.K. Wieder, M.A. Vile, K.D. Scott, N.B. Weston and D.H. Vitt. May 2008. Biological N2 Fixation in an Alberta, Canada bog. Society of Wetland Scientists, Washington, DC (Oral Presentation).

Weston, N.B., M.A. Vile, D.J. Velinsky, S.C. Neubauer and S.B. Joye. 2007. Shifting Pathways and Magnitude of Organic Matter Mineralization in Tidal Freshwater Marshes Following Sea-Level Rise. Estuarine Research Federation, Providence, RI (Oral Presentation).

Giblin, A., N.B. Weston, J. Tucker, G. Banta, *A. Bernhard and C. Hopkinson. 2007. Salinity Effects of Nitrogen Cycling in Estuaries. Estuarine Research Federation, Providence, RI (Oral Presentation).

Weston, N.B., M.A. Vile, D.J. Velinsky, S.B. Joye and S.C. Neubauer. 2007. Rising sea-levels and salinity intrusion into tidal freshwater marshes: Shifting microbial communities and pathways of organic matter mineralization. American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, Santa Fe, NM (Oral Presentation).

Hopkinson, C.S., N.B. Weston, J.J. Vallino and R.H. Garritt. 2007. Estuarine ecosystem metabolism and the importance of allochthonous subsidies. American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, Santa Fe, NM (Oral Presentation).

Edmonds, J.W., N.B. Weston, X. Mou, S.B. Joye and M.A. Moran. 2007. Linking the response of the microbial community structure to carbon mineralization rates during sea water intrusion into freshwater estuarine sediments. American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, Santa Fe, NM (Oral Presentation).

Weston, N.B. 2006. Ramifications of Rising Sea Levels and Salinity Intrusion into Tidal Freshwater Marshes: Shifting Microbial Communities and Pathways of Organic Matter Mineralization. Department of Biology, Villanova University, Villanova, PA (Oral Presentation – Invited).

Weston, N.B., M.A. Vile and S.B. Joye. 2006. Ramifications of Rising Sea Levels and Salinity Intrusion into Tidal Freshwater Marshes: Shifting Microbial Communities and Pathways of Organic Matter Mineralization. BIOGEOMON, Santa Cruz, CA (Oral Presentation).

Hopkinson, C.S., N. Weston, J. Vallino, and R.H. Garritt. 2006. Estuarine ecosystem metabolism as driven by gradients in DOM sources and bioavailability, and residence time.  Estuarine Research Federation, Victoria, BC (Oral Presentation).

Weston, N.B., *R.E. Dixon and S.B. Joye. 2005. Microbial and geochemical ramifications of salinity intrusion into tidal freshwater sediments. Patrick Center for Environmental Research, Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, PA. (Oral Presentation – Invited).

Weston, N. B. and Joye, S. B. 2005. Seasonal variation in the breakdown of HMW-DOM in estuarine sediment: Coupling between the hydrolytic/fermentative and terminal metabolic microbial communities. American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, Salt Lake City, UT (Oral Presentation).

Joye, S.B., Lee, R.Y., Porubsky, W.P. and Weston, N. B. 2005. Environmental controls on denitrification in temperate and tropical shallow sediments. American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, Salt Lake City, UT (Oral Presentation).

Porubsky, W.P., N.B. Weston, and S.B. Joye, 2003. Examination of denitrification and dissimilatory nitrate reduction to ammonium as pathways for the reduction of inorganic nitrogen in saltmarsh sediment. Estuarine Research Federation, Victoria, BC (Oral Presentation).

Weston, N.B., S.B. Joye and W.P. Porubsky. 2003. Shallow marsh groundwater biogeochemistry and dissolved organic matter lability. American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, Salt Lake City, UT (Oral Presentation).

Joye, S.B., N.B. Weston, W.S. Moore, and W.P. Porubsky. 2003. Groundwater as source of nutrients and organic matter in freshwater and marine ecosystems. American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, Salt Lake City, UT (Oral Presentation).

Weston, N.B., W.P. Porubsky and S.B. Joye. 2002. Seasonal patterns of porewater nutrients, dissolved organics, redox species and gases in estuarine sediments. American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, Victoria, BC (Oral Presentation).

Porubsky, W.P., N.B. Weston, R.Y. Lee and S.B. Joye. 2002. Diel and seasonal patterns of benthic fluxes of nutrients, gases, and dissolved organics from temperate intertidal sediments. American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, Victoria, BC (Oral Presentation).

Joye, S.B., S.E. MacAvoy,  W.P. Porubsky and N.B. Weston. 2001. Groundwater inputs and sediment biogeochemical processes in Georgia and South Carolina coastal ecosystems. American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, Victoria, BC (Oral Presentation).

Weston, N.B., S.A. Carini, A.E. Giblin, G.T. Banta, C.S. Hopkinson and J. Tucker. 1997. Estimating Denitrification in the Sediments of the Parker River Estuary, Massachusetts. Estuarine Research Federation, Providence, RI (Poster Presentation).

 

Teaching Experience

Villanova University, Villanova, PA
GEV 1051 Environmental Science II (lecture and lab) Spring 2014
ASPD 2000 Professional Development for Environmental Scientists, 1-credit (lecture) Fall 2013
GEV 4320 / BIO 9104 Microbial Processes in the Environment (lecture and lab) Fall 2013
GEV 4500 Statistics and Experimental Design in Environmental Science (lecture) Spring 2013
GEV 4310 Seminar in Environmental Issues (lecture) Spring 2013
GEV 6005 Senior Research Seminar, 1-credit (lecture) Spring 2013
MSE 2000 Our Warming Planet (lecture and lab for non-science majors) Fall 2012
MSE 2000 Our Warming Planet (lecture and lab for non-science majors) Fall 2011
GEV 4500 Statistics and Experimental Design in Environmental Science (lecture) Spring 2011
GEV 4310 Seminar in Environmental Issues (lecture) Spring 2011
GEV 1050 Environmental Science I (lecture and lab) Fall 2010
GEV 4320/ BIO 9104 Microbial Processes in the Environment (lecture and lab) Spring 2010
GEV 1050 Environmental Science I (lecture and lab) Fall 2009
GEV 1051 Environmental Science II (lecture and lab) Spring 2009
GEV 4310 Seminar in Environmental Issues (lecture) Spring 2009
GEV 1050 Environmental Science I (lecture and lab) Fall 2008
BIO 6950/ 6952 Advanced Topics in Biology “Life on the Edge” (lecture and lab) Fall 2007

 

 

 

Mentorship & Academic Advising

Member of Graduate Committees  
Student Institution and Role Title Dates
Jennifer Bryan Marine, Estuarine, & Environmental Science, University of Maryland, Committee Member “Evaluating the impact of sea-level rise on oligohaline marsh macrophytes” 2013-2014
Le Wang M.S. Biology, Villanova University, Committee Member “Could elevated CO2 stimulate decomposition in a salt marsh?” 2008-2011
Katharine Shepard M.S. Biology, Villanova University, Committee Member “Can tidal marshes keep up with sea-level rise? Productivity and decomposition of a brackish marsh in a changing environment” 2009-2011

 

Summer Field & Laboratory Internships Directed (*Student Funded Projects)

Student Title Dates
Gerard Ondrey Summer Internship 2014
Stephanie Dantos Summer Internship 2014
Molly Haggerty Summer Internship on PA Sea Grant Funded Research Project 2013
Brain Donnelly Summer Internship on PA Sea Grant Funded Research Project 2013
Julie Joyce Summer Internship on NSF Funded Research Project 2012
Michael Lang Summer Internship on NSF Funded Research Project 2012
Molly Haggerty Summer Internship on NSF Funded Research Project 2012
Alejandra Gonzalez Summer Internship on NSF Funded Research Project 2012
*Cynthia Troy GEV: “Increased nitrous oxide production by microbial denitrifiers brought about by stress due to salinity, pH, toxicity and moisture in estuarine and agricultural soils” 2011
Eric Au Summer Internship on NSF Funded Research Project 2011
Justin Walsh Summer Internship on NSF Funded Research Project 2011
Margaret Garcia Summer Internship on NSF Funded Research Project 2011
*Justin Stephens VURF: “Acidification dynamics of mountaintop peatlands in response to N, SO42-, and Fe deposition in the Endless Mountains region, PA” 2010
Melanie Pingoy Summer Internship on NSF Funded Research Project 2010
Neil Mehta Summer Internship on NSF Funded Research Project 2010
John Ufferfilge Summer Internship on NSF Funded Research Project 2010
*Michael Patson VURF: “Impact of sea level rise and salt water intrusion on plant growth and seed-bank recruitment in oligohaline marshes of the Delaware River Estuary” 2009
Justin Meschter Summer Internship 2009

 

Academic Year Independent Studies Directed

Student Title Dates
Sarah Petro 2015
Andrew Hotchkiss 2015
Emma Chudwick 2015
Emeka Ndichie “Mortality of ghost shrimp during a simulated oil spill and dispersant application” 2014
Connor Supple “Examination of N and P concentration in Eastern PA watersheds with varying land-use” 2013
John Devine “The effects of hydraulic fracturing on the conductivity of streams in the Susquehanna River Watershed” 2013
Molly Haggerty “Ecosystem services in a constructed wetlands: Sediment retention and denitrification dynamics” 2013
Andrew Bigelow “Analysis of How Changes in Transportation Habits can alter Carbon Dioxide Emissions” 2013
Christofer Denny “Fracking Up the Susquehanna” 2013
Allison Pepper “The effects of hydraulic fracturing on surface water in the Pennsylvania Marcellus Shale region: An analysis of heavy metals and major ions” 2013
Stefan Goodridge “The green economy” 2011
Andrew Gordon “Gamma-emitting radioisotope contamination of drinking water in the Marcellus Shale natural gas extraction area of Northeastern Pennsylvania” 2011
Michael Mangiante “Land-use effects on phosphorus and nitrogen dynamics during a storm event in a Pennsylvania stream” 2011
Kara Chatham “Examining the impact of Mount Pinatubo ash on seawater micronutrient concentrations” 2011
Eric Au “Effects of saltwater intrusion on bio-available organic matter in marsh soils” 2011
Luis Dominguez “Observing concentrations of nitrates and phosphates in the Rio Grande at dams from the Rio Grande Reservoir, Colorado to the American Dam, El Paso, Texas” 2011
Si Xue Lin “Land use and mutualism: investigating intercropping pairs” 2011
Michael Patson “Mineralization in two wetlands” 2011
Neil Mehta “The microbial degradation of crude oil in fresh and saltwater marsh soils” 2011
Justin Stephens “Acidification dynamics of mountaintop peatlands in response to N, SO42-, and Fe deposition in the Endless Mountains region, PA” 2010-2011
Justin Meschter “Delivery of sediments and heavy metals to tidal marshes along the Delaware River Estuary” 2009
Michael Gill “Minor-watershed phosphate and nitrate levels as a function of population density in Chester County, PA” 2009
Angela Bagnasco “Childhood environmental education: A study on the effects of a zoo on environmental awareness” 2009

 

 

 

 

Undergraduate Student Theses Directed (*Honors Thesis)  
Student Title Dates
*Michelle Velez “Heavy metal contamination in vegetables grown in urban gardens” 2013-2014
Michele Wiedersum “Radium-226 as a potential indicator of surface water contamination from hydraulic fracturing wells in Northeast Pennsylvania” 2012-2013
Michael Lang “Denitrification in tidal marshes along a salinity gradient in the Delaware River Estuary: Implications of salt water intrusion for an important ecosystem service” 2012-2013
Jennifer Roche “A comparative analysis of green insulation techniques” 2012-2013
Margaret Garcia “A path to remediation: The effects of crude oil on salt and freshwater marsh sediment” 2012
Cynthia Troy “Effects of salinity, toxicity, moisture and temperature stress on nitrous oxide production in agricultural soils” 2012
Nicole Poletto “An assessment of heavy metal accumulation history in the Delaware River Estuary” 2011-2012
Andrew Galtieri “The dispersal of radioisotopes due to routine nuclear power plant operation” 2011-2012
Angela Bagnasco “New urbanist development plan in West Philadelphia” 2010-2011
Tatjana Prsa “Impact of rising sea levels and salinity intrusion on the metabolic activity and community composition of sulfate reducing bacteria in tidal freshwater marsh sediments” Fall 2008

 

Professional Service and Memberships

Organizational Activities

Member 2008-present Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation
Member 2008-present American Geophysical Union
Member 2008-present American Society of Limnology and Oceanography
Member 2008-present Society of Wetland Scientists
Member 2012 – present Student Grants Committee, Society of Wetland Scientists
Chair Jun 2009 – July 2012 Biogeochemistry Section, Society of Wetland Scientists
Member 2010-2011 Scientific Committee, Society of Wetland Scientists meeting, Prague, Czech Republic
Symposium Chair and Organizer 2010-2011 Society of Wetland Scientists meeting, Prague, Czech Republic
Member 2008-2010 Delaware Estuary – EPA Climate Ready Estuaries Program Workgroup

 

Member 2008-2010 Partnership for the Delaware Estuary Wetlands Workgroup
Symposium Chair and Organizer 2010 “Wetlands in a Changing World”, Society of Wetland Scientists Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT
Conference Moderator 2009 Partnership for the Delaware River Estuary Science and Environmental Summit, Cape May, NJ

 

Editorial and Reviewer Activities

Associate Editor 2013-present Wetlands
Reviewer for academic journals 2008-present Applied Geochemistry

Aquatic Biology

Aquatic Botany

Biogeochemistry (6)

Biogeosciences

Ecological Applications

Ecological Engineering

Estuaries & Coasts (7)

Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science

Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta

Geoderma

Geology

Global Biogeochemical Cycles

Global Change Biology (4)

Journal of Geophysical Research (2)

Limnology and Oceanography

Limnology and Oceanography Methods

Marine Chemistry

Marine Ecology Progress Series

Microbial Ecology

Nature

Oceanography

Science of the Total Environment

Sedimentology

Soil Biology and Biochemistry

Wetlands (4)

Grant Reviewer 2008-present Water Resources Research Institute

Louisiana Sea Grant

New York Sea Grant

Maryland Sea Grant (13)

American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund

National Science Foundation , Geomorphology and Land Use Dynamics (4)

Society of Wetland Scientists Student Grant Program (22)

National Science Foundation, Long Term Research in Environmental Biology

National Science Foundation, Ecosystems

Ad-Hoc Editor Dec 2012 Ecological Applications
Proposal Review Panel Member Nov 2012 Maryland Sea Grant Graduate Fellowship
Proposal Review Panel Member May 2011 Environmental Protection Agency Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Graduate Fellowship
Book Reviewer Jun 2008 6th Edition of The Economy of Nature

 

Departmental Service

Committees

Member, Masters in Environmental Science Committee 2011-present Assisted in proposing Environmental Science Masters Program
Member, Curriculum Committee 2008-2011 Reviewed and revised curriculum for Environmental Science and Environmental Studies majors
Member, Post-doctoral Fellow Search Committee 2010-2011 Conducted search for postdoctoral fellow

 

Activities

Panel member, ‘Climate change: Fact and fiction,’ held in conjunction with the Geographical Society of Philadelphia 2013
Organized external speakers for spring department seminar series (~5 per semester) 2009, 2011, 2013
Advisor for Environmental Science and Environmental Studies Majors (~30 per year) 2008-present
Organized ‘Summer Research Opportunities’ panel for undergraduate students 2011

 

College & University Service

Committees

Chair, Earth Day Committee 2013-present Planning and implementing Villanova Earth Day events
Member, Villanova Undergraduate Research Fellows Review Committee 2014 Review student proposals for research fellowships
Member, Villanova Electronic Research Administration Committee (Dr. Al Ortega, Chair) 2014-present Review electronic administration options for the university and recommend an external vendor
Member, Strategic Futures Committee (Dr. Jean Ann Linney, Chair) 2012-2013 Assess current position and identify strategic goals for the College
Comprehensive Science Advisory Committee (Dr. Robert Styer, Chair) 2011-present Advise the Comprehensive Science program regarding courses and requirements
Chair, Mendel Science Experience Postdoctoral Search Committee 2013 Conduct search for postdoctoral fellow
Member, Earth Day Committee  (Dr. Paul Rosier, Chair) 2008-2013 Planning and implementing Villanova Earth Day events
Member, Mendel Science Experience Postdoctoral Search Committee (Dr. Kelman Wieder, Chair) 2012 Conduct search for postdoctoral fellow
Member, Field Research Safety Committee (Drs. Samantha Chapman and Melanie Vile, Co-Chairs) 2011-2012 Selection of MSE postdoctoral scholar candidates for interview

 

Community Service

Member, Friends of Eastern State Penitentiary Park 2010-present
Earth Day of Service, Philly Urban Creators, Philadelphia 2014
Taught pre-kindergarten science class at Russell Byers Charter School, Philadelphia 2010
Taught 2 fourth-grade science classes at Russell Byers Charter School, Philadelphia 2009