Welcome to the Breithaupt Laboratory
I am interested in the origins, development, and transformation of intertidal and shallow subtidal coastal and estuarine ecosystems in the context of sea level rise, tropical storms, eutrophication, and increasing anthropogenic pressures on aquatic ecosystems. I work across spatial scales that range from cm-scale variability in soil redox conditions to km-scale differences related to climate and geomorphology, and temporal scales ranging from seconds (such as CO2 fluxes) up to millennia (such as sediment accretion rates). The work itself often ranges from highly manual field work to highly technical laboratory analyses. The tools that I use include physical and radiologic techniques for measuring sediment accumulation and diagenesis, surveying techniques, soil and water nutrient analyses, stable isotopes, minor/trace elements, greenhouse gas fluxes, and microbial activities.