Monica M Moritsch, PhD

Biography

Monica is a research ecologist at the US Geological Survey studying wetlands and the ecosystem services they provide. She uses a combination of remote sensing data, soil core measurements, and sediment models to evaluate whether different management actions will allow tidal marshes to keep up with sea level rise or become permanently inundated mudflat. Her work focuses on the Nisqually River Delta and other estuaries within Puget Sound.

Monica has also spent considerable time studying coastal ecosystem services around the world with the Marine Mapping Lab at Deakin University, Stanford Center for Ocean Solutions, and University of California Santa Cruz. Her career goals include reducing human impacts on coastal and marine ecosystems and answering questions relevant to information needs of decision-makers. Her previous research background includes leading geospatial analyses and intertidal field surveys.

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