Research Assistant Professor of Earth & Environment

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Alyssa Novak is a coastal ecologist that uses a combination of theoretical and empirical approaches to understanding the characteristics of marine ecosystems that enhance their resilience to stressors. She has worked extensively in seagrass systems developing models to identify eelgrass restoration sites; assessing the role of donor populations in promoting the establishment and resilience of eelgrass at restoration sites; and investigating the adaptive significance of leaf-reddening as a stress response in seagrasses. Recently, she expanded her work to salt marsh systems and is investigating marsh-edge subsidence and its relationship to the invasive European green crab.