• 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

  • Maguire, T.J., Fulweiler, R.W. (2016) Urban Dissolved Silica: Quantifying the role of groundwater and runoff in wastewater effluent. Environmental Science & Technology 50 (1): 54-61. DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.5b03516
  • Duarte, Carlos M., Robinson W. Fulweiler, Catherine E. Lovelock, Paulina Martinetto, Megan I. Saunders, John M. Pandolfi, Stefan Gelcich, and Scott W. Nixon. (2015) Reconsidering ocean calamities. BioScience 65, no. 2: 130-139. DOI: 10.1093/biosci/biu198
  • Fulweiler, R. W., Oczkowski, A. J., Miller, K. M., Oviatt, C. A., & Pilson, M. E. Q. (2015). Whole truths vs. half truths–And a search for clarity in long-term water temperature records. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 157, A1-A6. DOI:10.1016/j.ecss.2015.01.021
  • Fulweiler, R.W. and *Heiss, R.W. (2014) (Nearly) A Decade of Directly Measured Sediment N2 Fluxes – What Can Narragansett Bay Tell Us about the Global Ocean Nitrogen Budget? Oceanography 27 (1):184–195, http://dx.doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2014.22. (Invited)
  • Foster, S.Q. & Fulweiler. R.W. (2014) Spatial and historic variability of benthic nitrogen cycling processes in an anthropogenically impacted estuary. Frontiers of Marine Science – Global Change and the Future Ocean 56: 1-16. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2014.00056
  • Vieillard, A. & Fulweiler, R.W. (2014) Tidal pulsing alters nitrous oxide fluxes in a temperate intertidal mudflat. Ecology 95(7): 1960-1971. http://dx.doi.org/10.1890/13-1333.1
  • Carey, J.C. & Fulweiler, R.W. (2014) Silica uptake by Spartina—evidence of multiple modes of accumulation from salt marshes around the world. Frontiers of Plant Science 5:186. DOI: 10.3389/fpls.2014.00186.
  • Emery, H.E. & Fulweiler, R.W. (2014) The Impact of Phragmites australis on Salt Marsh Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Global Warming Potential. Aquatic Botany (116): 83-92. DOI: 10.1016/j.aquabot.2014.01.010

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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