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For over twelve years, I served as a support scientist and an Ecologist for the U.S. Geological Survey, Wetland and Aquatic Research Center in Lafayette, Louisiana, USA and the U.S.D.A. Forest Service, Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry, in Hilo, Hawai’i, USA.  I have conducted research in a variety of coastal ecosystems of the Southeast United States, Asia and many islands in the Pacific. 

Research interests

I have studied wetland structure, productivity, disturbance, nutrient cycling, invasive species impacts, foodweb dynamics, surface elevation change, wetland vulnerability, greenhouse gas efflux and water use efficiency in tidal forests and marshes.  My research focus is to better understand coastal sedimentation, soil surface elevation change and restoration processes in saltmarsh and mangrove ecosystems.

Education/Academic qualification

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Award Date: 30 May 2013

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Award Date: 30 May 1999

External positions


1 Jan 200915 Apr 2017


15 Jan 200215 Dec 2007

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Research Output

Rapid peat development beneath created, maturing mangrove forests: ecosystem changes across a 25-yr chronosequence

Osland, M. J., Feher, L. C., Spivak, A. C., Nestlerode, J. A., Almario, A. E., Cormier, N., From, A. S., Krauss, K. W., Russell, M. J., Alvarez, F., Dantin, D. D., Harvey, J. E. & Stagg, C. L., Jun 2020, In : Ecological Applications. 30, 4, p. 1-12 12 p., e02085.

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  • Causal mechanisms of soil organic matter decomposition: deconstructing salinity and flooding impacts in coastal wetlands

    Stagg, C. L., Schoolmaster, D. R., Krauss, K. W., Cormier, N. & Conner, W. H., Aug 2017, In : Ecology. 98, 8, p. 2003-2018 16 p.

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  • Plant-plant interactions in a subtropical mangrove-to-marsh transition zone: effects of environmental drivers

    Howard, R. J., Krauss, K. W., Cormier, N., Day, R. H., Biagas, J. & Allain, L., Nov 2015, In : Journal of Vegetation Science. 26, 6, p. 1198-1211 14 p.

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