Brian Howes

Brian Howes

Chancellor Professor

SMAST / Estuarine & Ocean Sciences

The Coastal Systems Group Website

508-910-6325

508-910-6371

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School for Marine Science & Technology West, New Bedford 116A

Education

1974Rutgers UniversityB.A.
1980Boston UniversityM.A.
1984Boston UniversityPh.D

Teaching

Programs

Teaching

Courses

Thesis research on an experimental or theoretical project in Marine Science or Technology under a faculty advisor.

Thesis research on an experimental or theoretical project in Marine Science or Technology under a faculty advisor.

Investigations of a fundamental and/or applied nature representing an original contribution to the scholarly research literature of the field. PhD dissertations are often published in refereed journals or presented at major conferences. A written dissertation must be completed in accordance with the rules of the Graduate School and the School for Marine Science and Technology. Admission to the course is based on successful completion of the PhD comprehensive examination and submission of a formal proposal endorsed by the student's graduate committee and submitted to the SMAST Graduate Program Director.

Investigations of a fundamental and/or applied nature representing an original contribution to the scholarly research literature of the field. PhD dissertations are often published in refereed journals or presented at major conferences. A written dissertation must be completed in accordance with the rules of the Graduate School and the School for Marine Science and Technology. Admission to the course is based on successful completion of the PhD comprehensive examination and submission of a formal proposal endorsed by the student's graduate committee and submitted to the SMAST Graduate Program Director.

Research

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

Research

Research Awards

  • $36,732 Harwich cold brook natural attenuation project

Research

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

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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