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Melinda Martinez, Ph.D.

Melinda Martinez is a Mendenhall Post-Doctorate/Research Ecologist at USGS Wetland and Aquatic Research Center in Lafayette, LA.

Her research focuses on coastal wetland resilience in response to extreme events, including hurricanes, droughts, saltwater intrusion, and freeze events.


  • Remote Sensing Time Series Analysis

    • Disturbance and Recovery

  • Wetland Methane Emissions

    • Tree-stems (standing dead and live)

    • Soils

    • Bald cypress knees


Ph.D, Forestry and Environmental Resources, North Carolina State University

M.S., Environmental Science, Texas A&M University Corpus Christi (Harte Research Institute)

B.S., Marine and Freshwater Biology, The University of Texas at Austin (Marine Science Institute)


2021-present, Research Ecologist, U.S. Geological Survey, Wetland and Aquatic Research Center, Lafayette, Louisiana

2017 - 2021, Graduate Student Research Assisstant, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina

2016 - 2017, Sr. Laboratory Technician, Florida International University, Miami, Florida

2015, Data Science Intern, E/V Nautilus, Offshore - Gulf of Mexico & California

2013-2015, Graduate Student Research Assisstant, Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, TX

2013, Marine Mammal Observer, RPS Group, Offshore - Gulf of Mexico


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