Brian Howes

Professor

SMAST / Estuarine & Ocean Sciences

508-910-6325

508-910-6371

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SMAST WEST (706 South Rodney French Blvd, New Bedford) 116 A


Education

1974 Rutgers University B.A.
1980 Boston University M.A.
1984 Boston University Ph.D

Research interests

  • Restoration of estuarine nutrient related habitat quality
  • Restoration of salt marshes through tidal enhancement and through Phragmites removal using natural biogeochemical cycles
  • Groundwater nutrient transport & transformation from uplands to coastal waters
  • Relationship between nutrient loading, algal production, oxygen levels and benthic communities in embayments
  • Long-term impact of sea level rise on community structure of wetland ecosystems

Research activities

  • $12.5 million Massachusetts Estuaries Project
  • $1 million in related research funding in the fields of wetland restoration
  • Enhancement of natural attenuation and benthic animals

Select publications

Ramsey, J.S., H.E. Ruthven, S.W. Kelley and B.L. Howes (2007).
Quantifying the influence of inlet migration on tidal marsh system health
International Conference on Coastal Engineering, 1-14.

Smith, M.P, B.L. Howes and J. Kimball (2007).
Watershed Planning: Securing our Water Future
Water: Managing a Finite Resource, 9, 121-133.

Hamersley, M.R., and B.L. Howes (2005).
An evaluation of the N2 flux approach for measuring sediment denitrification
Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 62, 711-723.

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