Curriculum Vitae

Nathaniel B. Weston
Department of Geography and the Environment, Villanova University
Villanova, PA 19085; 610.519.8009

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

Assistant Professor

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

Visiting Adjunct Professor

Department of Biology, Villanova University, Villanova, PA

Postdoctoral Scientist

Department of Biology, Villanova University, Villanova, PA

Postdoctoral Fellow

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

Research Technician

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

Teaching Assistant

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

Research Technician

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



Peer-Reviewed Publications (Undergraduate Student)

Paudel, B., N.B. Weston, J. O’Connor, L. Sutter, and D.J. Velinsky. 2017. Phosphorus dynamics in the water column and sediments of Barnegat Bay, New Jersey. Journal of Coastal Research 78: 60-69.

Kearns, P.J., N.B. Weston, J.L. Bowen, T. Živković, and M.A. Vile. 2016. Tidal freshwater marshes harbor phylogentically unique clades of sulfate reducers that are resistant to climate-change induced salinity intrusion. Estuaries and Coasts 39: 981-991.

Sutter, L.A., N.B. Weston and S.T. Goldsmith. 2015. Hydraulic fracturing: Potential impacts to wetlands. Wetland Science & Practice 32: 7-16.

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.


Grants Funded

Weston, N.B., S. Goldsmith, M. Vile, R.K. Wieder, MRI: Acquisition of an Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer (ICP-MS) for Ecological, Environmental, and Ecosystem-Level Research, National Science Foundation, Major Research Instrumentation, $286,947, 8/17-7/20

Giblin, A.E., W. Wollheim, N.B. Weston, J. Vallino, L. Deegan, LTER-Plum Island Ecosystems: Dynamics of coastal ecosystems in a region of rapid climate change, sea-level rise, and human impacts, National Science Foundation, Long Term Ecological Research Program, $6,761,476, 1/17-12/23


Weston, N.B., S. Neubauer, J. Morris, C. Craft, RUI: Human alteration of sediment delivery to the coast – Legacies of land use, coastal wetland accretion, and future vulnerability to sea level rise, National Science Foundation, $665,661, 8/15-7/18

Velinsky, D.J., Weston, N.B., Phosphorus cycling in Barnegat Bay, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, $100,000, 6/14-6/15

Weston, N.B., Assessing radioactive and trace metal contamination of streams by natural gas extraction activities in the Marcellus Shale, Villanova University Summer Research Fellowship and Research Support Grant, $12,450, 6/13-8/13

Goldsmith, ST., N.B. Weston, D. Velinsky, J. Mead, Establishing a Link between Hydraulic Fracturing Activities and Streamwater Impacts in North-Central Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Sea Grant, $67,913, 1/13-12/13

Hopkinson, C.S., M.A. Alber, N.B. Weston, A.E. Giblin, Determining the effects of land use and climate change on estuarine metabolism: development of a new method for analyzing macro-tidal coastal systems, YSI Minding the Plant Competition, $10,778

Weston, N.B., Delaware Estuary Tidal Wetlands Monitoring, Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia,  $20,000

Weston, N.B. and M.A. Vile, RUI: Integrating the Effects of Sea Level Rise on Tidal Freshwater and Salt Marsh Stability in the Delaware River Estuary, National Science Foundation, $283,589

Weston, N.B., The Impacts of Climate Change and Sea Level Rise on Tidal Freshwater Marshes of the Delaware River Estuary, Villanova University Summer Research Fellowship and Research Support Grant, $11,350