Restoration Ecology

CBL faculty are involved in both physical and computer-modeled ecological restoration projects. Locally, the lab is taking part in a seagrass-oyster reef ecosystem project in 21 acres of degraded aquatic habitat at the mouth of the Patuxent River. Led by Dr. Dennis King's research group, the team uses decision-support tools based on environmental science and economics to assess and prioritize restoration projects for their clients, to compare approaches to environmental problems, or to determine the optimum use of limited budgets.

Working as consultants to a variety of organizations and agencies, his group has undertaken such wide-ranging efforts as the assessment of nutrient-trading proposals for the Patuxent River watershed, the review of treatment options for invasive species, and the analysis of reclamation options for mined and forested lands.

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