A.B., Princeton University
Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Mr. Anisfeld’s research aims to understand human impacts on rivers and wetlands in coastal watersheds. He tries to answer questions such as these: How do tidal marshes maintain–or fail to maintain–their elevation in the face of sea level rise? How do high nutrient loads change above-ground and below-ground processes in salt marshes? What is the relationship between watershed land use and river pollutant loads? Can isotope methods be used to trace sources and sinks of pollutants? How does the temporal and spatial variability in river conditions impact water quality assessments? What is the degree of success–and what are the unintended consequences–of wetland restoration? How do cities metabolize water and nitrogen? His goal is to carry out integrated research that is both scientifically interesting and directly relevant to management. He teaches courses in water resources, coastal ecology, and environmental organic chemistry..
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