• Title Associate Professor of Biology (jointly with Earth & Environment)
  • Education PhD, University of Rhode Island, 2007
  • Web Address http://www.fulweilerlab.com/
  • Phone 617-358-5466
  • Area of Interest Biogeochemistry and Marine Ecology
  • CV

Current Research

My research is focused on understanding the impact humans have on marine systems. I am especially interested in how various scales of impact (e.g., local: nutrient loading and global: climate change) interact to alter fundamental ecosystem processes. As a biogeochemist and ecologist an overarching goal of my research is to answer questions about energy flow and biogeochemical cycling of nutrients (nitrogen, phosphorus, and silica), carbon, and oxygen in a variety of environments. Current research is centered on the transformations and the ultimate fate of nitrogen in the marine environment, the impact of climate change on benthic-pelagic coupling, silica cycling in salt marshes and estuaries, and greenhouse gas production in a variety of coastal environments.

Selected Publications

  • Snelgrove PV, Soetaert K, Solan M, Thrush S, Wei CL, Danovaro R, Fulweiler RW, Kitazato H, Ingole B, Norkko A, Parkes RJ (2018) Global Carbon Cycling on a Heterogeneous Seafloor. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 33 (2): 96-105.
  • Emery HE, Fulweiler RW (2017) Incomplete tidal restoration may lead to persistent high CH4 emission. Ecosphere 8 (12): e01968.
  • Maguire TJ, Fulweiler RW (2017) The fate and effect of dissolved silicon within wastewater treatment effluent. Environmental Science & Technology 51 (13): 7403-7411.
  • Maguire TJ, Templer PH, Battles JJ, Fulweiler RW (2017) Winter climate change and fine root biogenic silica in sugar maple trees (Acer saccharum): Implications for silica in the Anthropocene. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences 122 (3): 708-715.
  • Chua E, Savidge W, Short T, Cardenas-Valencia A, Fulweiler RW (2016) A Review of the Emerging Field of Underwater Mass Spectrometery. Frontiers of Marine Science – Ocean Observation 3: 209.
  • Downing JA, Cherrier CT, Fulweiler RW (2016) Low ratios of silica to dissolved nitrogen supplied to rivers arise from agriculture not reservoirs. Ecology Letters 19 (12): 1414-1418.
  • Newell SE, McCarthy MJ, Gardner WS, Fulweiler RW (2016) Sediment Nitrogen Fixation: a Call for Re-evaluating Coastal N Budgets. Estuaries and Coasts 39 (6): 1626-1638.

Courses Taught:

  • ES 144 Introduction to Oceanography
  • ES/BI 423/623 Marine Biogeochemistry
  • ES/BI 558 Coastal Biogeochemistry
  • ES 834 Advanced Topics in (Bio)Geochemical Cycles

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