My research focuses on climate change impacts to salt marsh plant communities on the west coast of the US. On-going projects include testing tidal inundation effects on plant productivity, elucidating environmental drivers of salt marsh plant decomposition, and investigating latitudinal variation in salt marsh plant communities.
I work with other researchers at the US Geological Survey, UCLA and Oregon State University to better understand climate change impacts to tidal wetlands along the west coast. We have field sites from Puget Sound to San Diego. Some of my current projects include testing tidal inundation effects on plant productivity, studying the relationship between plant decomposition and various environmental factors, and investigating biogeographic variation in salt marsh plant communities.
BA, Marine Biology, 1999, University of California, Santa Cruz
PhD, Oceanography, 2005, University of California, San Diego
Post-doc, University of California, Davis
Janousek CN, Folger CL. 2014. Variation in tidal wetland plant diversity and composition within and among coastal estuaries: assessing the relative importance of environmental gradients. J. Vegetation Science 25:534-545.
Outreach and Extension
Together with researchers at the US Geological Survey, our team works with land managers throughout the west coast to integrate climate change science into coastal habitat and resource management.
I enjoy backpacking, kayaking, photography, gardening and cooking in my free time.