Co-advised by Dr. Matt Edwards and Dr. Walt
My research as a graduate students aims to improve our understanding of how coastal biota contribute to the reduction of anthropogenic CO2 emissions. Specifically, I work in eelgrass beds (Zostera marina) in San Diego Bay and Bodega Bay. In addition to their high ecological value, eelgrass beds have been called ‘blue carbon’ habitats for their ability to sequester and bury carbon extraordinarily well. This high carbon sequestration contributes to increased atmospheric drawdown of CO2, and can help mitigate ocean acidification and increasing atmospheric CO2 levels. As such, I find this species of particular interest and plan to research and quantify its carbon sequestration potential and its subsequent ability to mitigate global change.
Email: maward (at) ucdavis.edu
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