Associate Professor of Biology
Areas of Expertise: Ecology, global change biology, conservation, coastal science, ecosystem ecology, restoration ecology, invasion biology, marine biology, carbon cycle science, sea level rise, Coral Reef ecosystems.
- Tidal wetlands under siege: global change influences on plant invasion. This seminar explores how global change factors, namely, elevated carbon dioxide concentrations and nutrient enrichment, are altering the invasion in the Chesapeake Bay (and beyond) and ecosystem resilience.
- Rapid evolution alters ecosystem resilience. This seminar explores the role of rapid evolution in ecosystem science. Traditionally, ecologists thought that evolution would take years to manifest changes in populations. Research finds that entire populations are rapidly changing population structure that alters ecosystems services.
- Coasts in Translon: (Lessons learned from two 360's trips to Belize). General lectures on Global Change, Sea Level Rise, Invasion Biology, Coastal and Marine Science
About Thomas Mozdzer
The Mozdzer Ecology lab uses an interdisciplinary approach, combining plant ecophysiology, biogeochemistry, and population genetics to better understand how wetland ecosystems may respond to global change. Currently, Professor Mozdzer is investigating the effects of global change on Phragmites australis invasion in an ecosystem level study at the Smithsonian Global Change Research Wetland. He is interested in understanding how the process of invasion may change with predicted levels of atmospheric CO2 and anthropogenic nitrogen pollution, along with the role of intraspecific genetic diversity in plant invasion. He is also collaborating with colleagues at MBL, the University of Massachusetts-Boston, Boston University, and the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center to understand the effects of chronic nutrient pollution in plant communities in the TIDE project. He has broad interests in plant ecophysiology, biogeochemistry, and is also very interested in understanding the impacts of plant invasion on ecosystem carbon cycling and greenhouse gas emissions.