Gregory Noe

Research Interests:

Wetland ecosystem ecology, focusing on the interactive influences of hydrology, geomorphology, climate, and biology on nitrogen, phosphorus, carbon, and sediment biogeochemistry and transport in watersheds, as well as plant community ecology and restoration ecology.


Greg Noe has been a Research Ecologist with the U.S. Geological Survey's in Reston, VA, since 2002, where he leads the Wetland Ecosystem Ecology & Biogeochemistry Laboratory (WEEBL) in the Florence Bascom Geoscience Center. Dr. Noe’s research centers on wetland ecosystem ecology, focusing on the interactive influences of geomorphology, hydrology, climate, and biology on nitrogen and phosphorus biogeochemistry in fluvial ecosystems, as well as plant community ecology and restoration ecology. His dissertation research identified the complex controls on annual plant germination in the salt marshes of southern California. This was followed by post-doctoral research on phosphorus biogeochemistry and enrichment effects in the Florida Everglades. When joining the USGS, he started a research program on nutrient cycling, transport, and retention in wetlands associated with flowing waters. This work includes quantifying nutrient retention by riverine floodplains from site to watershed scales with study sites located in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, and Louisiana; the effect of sea level rise and salinification on tidal freshwater forested wetland ecosystem resilience in Virginia, Maryland, South Carolina, and Georgia; phosphorus and sediment transport research in the Florida Everglades; and studies of nutrient dynamics and trapping in created mitigation bank wetlands located in Virginia, stream restoration projects in North Carolina, and floodplain restoration in Maryland and Indiana. He is currently serving on the editorial board of Wetlands and previously of Wetlands Ecology and Management, is the past Chair of the South Atlantic Chapter of the Society of Wetland Scientists, the recipient of the President's Service Award from the Society of Wetland Scientists, and has served on the program committees of national and international scientific conferences.  Greg is a recipient of the Meritorius Service Award from the Department of the Interior.


Current focus areas:

-Measuring and modeling the effects of floodplains on sediment and nutrient transport in watersheds

-Sea level rise and watershed impacts to the resilience and water quality functions of tidal freshwater wetlands

-Quantifying the water quality benefits of wetland restoration and creation and how to optimize their design