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  • Dr. David Burdick is Research Associate Professor of Coastal Ecology and Restoration in the Department of Natural Resources at the University of New Hampshire, where he has taught wetlands courses over the past twenty years. His study of coastal science spans 35 years, concentrating on coastal ecosystems, assessing human impacts, and planning, implementing and assessing habitat restoration at the Jackson Estuarine Laboratory, where he serves as Interim Director. In 2012 he was awarded the Susan Snow-Cotter Visionary Award from the Gulf of Maine Council for the Marine Environment. He recently published a book with Charles Roman to translate and extend lessons learned from tidal restoration of salt marshes in the Northeast US and Canada. Outreach products include Dock Design with the Environment in Mind (to protect eelgrass), Eelgrass Site Selection Model, and two habitat restoration atlases for coastal New Hampshire. Recent projects include: shoreline rehabilitation at sites in NH and Maine, a coastal resilience initiative to plan for sea level rise in Portsmouth NH, and measuring responses of salt marshes to rising sea level, including blue carbon.
  • Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title
    2018 The importance of geomorphic context for estimating the carbon stock of salt marshesGeoderma.  330:264-275. 2018
    2018 Integrated urban water management applied to adaptation to climate changeUrban Climate.  24:247-263. 2018
    2018 Improving salt marsh digital elevation model accuracy with full-waveform lidar and nonparametric predictive modelingEstuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science.  202:193-211. 2018
    2018 Evaluating Tidal Wetland Restoration Performance Using National Estuarine Research Reserve System Reference Sites and the Restoration Performance Index (RPI)Estuaries Chesapeake Science Estuaries and Coasts.  41:36-51. 2018
    2017 Elevation change and the vulnerability of Rhode Island (USA) salt marshes to sea-level riseRegional Environmental Change.  17:389-397. 2017
    2016 Assessment of Elevation Uncertainty in Salt Marsh Environments using Discrete-Return and Full-Waveform LidarJournal of Coastal Research.  76:107-122. 2016
    2015 Fish Productivity and Trophic Transfer in Created and Naturally Occurring Salt Marsh HabitatEstuaries Chesapeake Science Estuaries and Coasts.  38:1233-1250. 2015
    2015 Rethinking the Freshwater Eel: Salt Marsh Trophic Support of the American Eel, Anguilla rostrataEstuaries Chesapeake Science Estuaries and Coasts.  38:1251-1261. 2015
    2015 Evaluation of field-measured vertical obscuration and full waveform lidar to assess salt marsh vegetation biophysical parametersRemote Sensing of Environment.  156:264-275. 2015
    2014 Ditching and Ditch-Plugging in New England Salt Marshes: Effects on Plant Communities and Self-MaintenanceEstuaries Chesapeake Science Estuaries and Coasts.  37:354-368. 2014
    2014 Phragmites australis management in the United States: 40 years of methods and outcomes.AoB PLANTS.  6:plu001. 2014
    2013 The impact of man-made earthen barriers on the physical structure of New England tidal marshes (USA)Wetlands Ecology and Management Mangroves and Salt Marshes.  21:387-398. 2013
    2013 Ditching and Ditch-Plugging in New England Salt Marshes: Effects on Hydrology, Elevation, and Soil CharacteristicsEstuaries Chesapeake Science Estuaries and Coasts.  36:610-625. 2013
    2013 Effects of man-made berms upon plant communities in New England salt marshesWetlands Ecology and Management Mangroves and Salt Marshes.  21:131-145. 2013
    2012 Belowground Biomass of Phragmites australis in Coastal MarshesNortheastern Naturalist.  19:611-626. 2012
    2011 The Effects of Road Culverts on Nekton in New England Salt Marshes: Implications for Tidal RestorationRestoration Ecology.  19:776-785. 2011
    2011 Mapping Soil Pore Water Salinity of Tidal Marsh Habitats Using Electromagnetic Induction in Great Bay Estuary, USAWetlands.  31:309-318. 2011
    2010 Can Plant Competition and Diversity Reduce the Growth and Survival of Exotic Phragmites australis Invading a Tidal Marsh?Estuaries Chesapeake Science Estuaries and Coasts.  33:1225-1236. 2010
    2009 The Functions and Values of Fringing Salt Marshes in Northern New England, USAEstuaries Chesapeake Science Estuaries and Coasts.  32:483-495. 2009
    2009 STATUS OF THE EASTERN GRASSWORT, LILAEOPSIS CHINENSIS (APIACEAE), IN THE GREAT BAY ESTUARY, NEW HAMPSHIRE, USARhodora.  111:171-188. 2009
    2006 A regional assessment of salt marsh restoration and monitoring in the Gulf of MaineRestoration Ecology.  14:516-525. 2006
    2005 Impacts of seawalls on saltmarsh plant communities in the Great Bay Estuary, New Hampshire USAWetlands Ecology and Management Mangroves and Salt Marshes.  13:553-568. 2005
    2005 A new native plant for New Hampshire, Hibiscus Moscheutos (Malvaceae)Rhodora.  107:414-416. 2005
    2004 Effects of stressors on invasive and halophytic plants of New England salt marshes: A framework for predicting response to tidal restorationWetlands.  24:434-447. 2004
    2004 Development of a nutrient pollution indicator using the seagrass, Zostera marina, along nutrient gradients in three New England estuariesAquatic Botany.  78:197-216. 2004
    2003 Determinants of expansion for Phragmites australis, common reed, in natural and impacted coastal marshesEstuaries Chesapeake Science Estuaries and Coasts.  26:407-416. 2003
    2002 A monitoring protocol to assess tidal restoration of salt marshes on local and regional scalesRestoration Ecology.  10:556-563. 2002
    2002 Modeling habitat change in salt marshes after tidal restorationRestoration Ecology.  10:543-555. 2002
    2002 The regulation of ecosystem functions by ecotypic variation in the dominant plant: a Spartina alterniflora salt-marsh case studyJournal of Ecology.  90:1-11. 2002
    2002 Site-selection model for optimal transplantation of eelgrass Zostera marina in the northeastern USMarine Ecology - Progress Series.  227:253-267. 2002
    2001 Variation in soil salinity associated with expansion of Phragmites australis in salt marshesEnvironmental and Experimental Botany.  46:247-261. 2001
    2001 Lobster use of eelgrass habitat in the Piscataqua River on the New Hampshire/Maine border, USAEstuaries Chesapeake Science Estuaries and Coasts.  24:277-284. 2001
    2000 Developing success criteria for restored eelgrass, salt marsh and mud flat habitatsEcological Engineering.  15:239-252. 2000
    1999 The Effects of Boat Docks on Eelgrass Beds in Coastal Waters of Massachusetts.Environmental Management.  23:231-240. 1999
    1998 Quantifying the effects of green crab damage to eelgrass transplantsRestoration Ecology.  6:297-302. 1998
    1997 Ecological responses to tidal restorations of two northern New England salt marshesWetlands Ecology and Management Mangroves and Salt Marshes.  4:129-144. 1997
    1996 Quantifying eelgrass habitat loss in relation to housing development and nitrogen loading in Waquoit Bay, MassachusettsEstuaries Chesapeake Science Estuaries and Coasts.  19:730-739. 1996
    1995 MESOCOSM EXPERIMENTS QUANTIFY THE EFFECTS OF EUTROPHICATION ON EELGRASS, ZOSTERA-MARINALimnology and Oceanography.  40:740-749. 1995
    1994 CLONAL INTEGRATION IN SPARTINA PATENS ACROSS A NITROGEN AND SALINITY GRADIENTCanadian Journal of Botany Botany.  72:767-770. 1994
    1993 AN INDEX TO ASSESS AND MONITOR THE PROGRESSION OF WASTING DISEASE IN EELGRASS ZOSTERA-MARINAMarine Ecology - Progress Series.  94:83-90. 1993
    1992 A cumulative impact management plan for a forested wetland watershed in the Mississippi River FloodplainWetlands Ecology and Management Mangroves and Salt Marshes.  1:199-210. 1992
    1990 LANDSCAPE CONSERVATION IN A FORESTED WETLAND WATERSHED - CAN WE MANAGE CUMULATIVE IMPACTSBioScience.  40:588-600. 1990
    1990 RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN ANATOMICAL AND METABOLIC RESPONSES TO SOIL WATERLOGGING IN THE COASTAL GRASS SPARTINA-PATENSJournal of Experimental Botany.  41:223-228. 1990
    1989 EFFECT OF LONG-TERM FLOODING ON ROOT METABOLIC RESPONSE IN 5 FRESH-WATER MARSH PLANT-SPECIESCanadian Journal of Botany Botany.  67:3446-3452. 1989
    1989 FAUNAL CHANGES AND BOTTOMLAND HARDWOOD FOREST LOSS IN THE TENSAS WATERSHED, LOUISIANAConservation Biology.  3:282-292. 1989
    1989 LIVE STANDING CROP AND METABOLISM OF THE MARSH GRASS SPARTINA-PATENS AS RELATED TO EDAPHIC FACTORS IN A BRACKISH, MIXED MARSH COMMUNITY IN LOUISIANAEstuaries Chesapeake Science Estuaries and Coasts.  12:195-204. 1989
    1989 ROOT AERENCHYMA DEVELOPMENT IN SPARTINA PATENS IN RESPONSE TO FLOODINGAmerican Journal of Botany.  76:777-780. 1989
    1987 Waterlogging responses in dune, swale and marsh populations of Spartina patens under field conditions.Oecologia.  74:321-329. 1987

    Book

    Year Title
    2012 Tidal Marsh Restoration A Synthesis of Science and Management.  Ed. Burdick, David.  2012

    Chapter

    Year Title
    2017 SALT MARSHES.  261-273. 2017
    2012 A Synthesis of Research and Practice on Restoring Tides to Salt Marshes.  Ed. Burdick, David.  3-10. 2012
    2012 Recovering Salt Marsh Ecosystem Services Through Tidal Restoration.  233-251. 2012
    2012 Salt Marsh Responses to Tidal Restoration and Restoration.  Ed. Burdick, David.  373-382. 2012
    Standards for seagrass collection, identification and sample design.  79-100.

    Conference Proceeding

    Year Title
    1998 Fish utilization of restored, created, and reference salt-marsh habitat in the Gulf of MaineFISH HABITAT: ESSENTIAL FISH HABITAT AND REHABILITATION. 384-404. 1998
    1991 SEAGRASS DECLINE - PROBLEMS AND SOLUTIONSCOASTAL WETLANDS /. 439-453. 1991
    1986 WATERLOGGING RESPONSES IN DUNE, SWALE AND MARSH POPULATIONS OF SPARTINA-PATENS UNDER FIELD CONDITIONSAmerican Journal of Botany. 664-664. 1986

    Principal Investigator On

  • Monitoring a Living Shoreline for Wagon Hill Farm  awarded by Town of Durham 2019 - 2021
  • Monitoring Seaweed Abundance and Seagrass Health in 2019 in the Great Bay Estuary  awarded by NH Department of Environmental Services 2019 - 2020
  • Pilot Ditch Plug Removal to Improve Marsh Resilience  awarded by US DOI, US Fish & Wildlife Service 2015 - 2019
  • Synthesizing NERR Sentinel Site Data to Improve Coastal Wetland Management Across New England  awarded by Rhode Island, State of 2018 - 2019
  • Avian Survey (SHARP) and Habitat Mapping on Trustees’ Parcels of the Great Marsh  awarded by The Trustees of Reservations 2018 - 2019
  • Monitoring the Return of Habitat Function Following Impacts from a Temporary Causeway  awarded by McFarland Johnson 2018 - 2019
  • Investigation to Improve Salt Marsh Resilience in Philbrick's Pond  awarded by CMA Engineers Inc. 2017 - 2018
  • Multi-Habitat Restoration in Cutts Cove, Portsmouth  awarded by NH Department of Environmental Services 2016 - 2018
  • Monitoring and Design for Living Shoreline at Wagon Hill Farm  awarded by Town of Durham 2017 - 2018
  • Habitat Restoration Assessment and Planning for Impacts Associated with New Route 1 Bridge and Port Infrastructure  awarded by McFarland Johnson 2014 - 2018
  • Great Bay NERR Salmarsh Survey 2017  awarded by Great Bay Natl Estuarine Research Reserve 2017
  • Living Shorelines as an Erosion Control Approach for Wagon Hill Farm, Durham NH  awarded by Town of Durham 2016 - 2017
  • Innovative Salt March Restoration Techniques Pilot Program  awarded by US DOI, US Fish & Wildlife Service 2014 - 2016
  • Blue Carbon in Northern Marshes: Assessing Processes, Stocks and rates in Undisturbed, Drained and Restored Marshes  awarded by Commission for Environmental Cooperation 2014 - 2015
  • Task 4 for Taking Action for Resilient Natural and Built Communities in Coastal New Hampshire  awarded by NH Department of Environmental Services 2013 - 2015
  • Development of a Modeling Approach for the Herring River Restoration  awarded by Woods Hole Group Inc 2013 - 2015
  • Salt Marsh Restoration in North Mill Pond Portsmouth  awarded by Stantec Consulting Services Inc 2014 - 2015
  • Effects of Ditches on Marshes  awarded by US DOI, US Fish & Wildlife Service 2009 - 2014
  • SET Establishment in Phippsburg, Maine  awarded by Bates College 2014
  • Phase II Steedman Restoration  awarded by Museums of Old York 2013 - 2014
  • Establish Surface Elevation Tables to Support SLAMM and Assess the Vulnerability of Tidal Marshes in the Hampton Seabrook Estuary  awarded by NH Department of Environmental Services 2013
  • Excellence at New Franklin School Salt Marsh Restoration  awarded by Portsmouth, NH (City of) 2011 - 2012
  • Berm Restoration at Mill Pond Way, Portsmouth  awarded by Portsmouth, NH (City of) 2010 - 2011
  • Impacts of Berms on Plant Diversity in Norhtern New England Salt Marshes  awarded by US DOC, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) 2009 - 2011
  • Eelgrass Restoration in Nantucket Harbor  awarded by Nantucket Land Council Inc 2010 - 2011
  • Understanding the Recent Phragmites Expansion in the Great Marsh  awarded by US DOI, US Fish & Wildlife Service 2009 - 2010
  • Salt Marsh Restoration Adapts to Global Climate Change  awarded by US DOI, US Fish & Wildlife Service 2010
  • Baseline Survey of Habitats and Resources of the North Mill Pond  awarded by NH Department of Environmental Services 2009
  • Hodgson Brook Floodplain Restoration  awarded by New Hampshire Charitable Foundation 2006 - 2009
  • Restoration of Eelgrass and Shellfish Habitats in the Great Bay Estuary  awarded by NH Department of Environmental Services 2005 - 2009
  • Salt Marsh Restoration Performance Study  awarded by US DOC, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) 2005 - 2009
  • Ecological Responses to Local Effects of Ditching and Ditch-Plugging in New England Salt Marshes (Vincent)  awarded by US DOC, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) 2006 - 2008
  • Restoration Seminar II and Baseline Data Collection at Addison, ME  awarded by Gulf of Maine Council 2006 - 2007
  • Monitoring Assistance to New Hampshire Coastal Program  awarded by NH Department of Environmental Services 2006
  • Adaptive Management Salt Marsh Restoration  awarded by NH Office of the Governor, Office of Energy & Pla 2003 - 2006
  • Development and Monitoring of Revegation Methods: Connecting Students with Restoration Activities at Awcomin Marsh  awarded by NH Department of Environmental Services 2005 - 2006
  • Great Bay Restoration Compendium  awarded by Nature Conservancy, The (New Hampshire) 2005 - 2006
  • Restoration Seminar and Baseline Data Collection At Addison, Maine  awarded by Gulf of Maine Council 2005 - 2006
  • Salt Marsh Model to Gulf of Maine  awarded by Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve 2004 - 2005
  • Little River Phase 2 Restoration Planning  awarded by Ducks Unlimited 2004 - 2005
  • Fish Passage in Tidal Marshes - A. Eberhardt  awarded by US DOC, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) 2002 - 2004
  • Assessment of Amphibian Malformation on Wildlife Refuges  awarded by US DOI, US Fish & Wildlife Service 2001 - 2003
  • Mapping Communities in South Mill Pond  awarded by NH Office of the Governor, Office of Energy & Pla 2001 - 2003
  • Volunteer Planting Program at Rye Harbor  awarded by Conservation Law Foundation 2001 - 2003
  • Culvert Impacts & Tidal Restoration Fish Communities  awarded by US DOC, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) 2001 - 2002
  • Effects of Seawalls & Berms on Salt Marshes  awarded by US DOC, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) 2001 - 2002
  • Restoration Assessment of Awcomin Marsh  awarded by NH Office of the Governor, Office of Energy & Pla 2001 - 2002
  • An Integrated Multi-Habitat Restoration  awarded by Wal-Mart Foundation 2000 - 2001
  • Restoration of South Mill Pond Gomcome  awarded by Gulf of Maine Council 2000 - 2001
  • Sediment Elevation in Marshes  awarded by University of Maryland 2000 - 2001
  • Community Based Habitat Restoration at South Mill Pond  awarded by US DOC, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) 1999 - 2001
  • Little River Marsh Evaluation  awarded by NH Office of the Governor, Office of Energy & Pla 1999 - 2001
  • Browns River Marsh Restoration  awarded by US DOI, US Fish & Wildlife Service 1999 - 2000
  • Estuarine Responses to Dredging at Wells  awarded by Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve 1998 - 2000
  • Sediment Elevation in Marshes  awarded by University of Maryland 1998 - 1999
  • Assessment of Mud Creek, Oak Knoll  awarded by Massachusetts Audubon Society 1996 - 1998
  • Development of a Coastal Science Curriculum  awarded by Little Harbour School, Portsmouth NH 1996 - 1998
  • Rebuilding the North Mill Pond Ecosystem  awarded by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 1996 - 1998
  • Drakes River Marsh Restoration  awarded by Hampton, NH (Town of) 1996 - 1997
  • Techniques to Restore Tidal Exchange in Salt Marshes  awarded by US DOC, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) 1994 - 1996
  • Assessment of Clark Island  awarded by US DOD, Navy 1993 - 1994
  • Varietal Wetland Plants for Salt Marsh Restoration  awarded by University of Delaware 1992 - 1994
  • Investigator On

  • PREP Monitoring Collaborative  awarded by Miscellaneous Business & Industry 2016 - 2020
  • Increasing Resilience and Reducing Risk Through Nature-Based Coastal Infrastructure  awarded by NH Department of Environmental Services 2018 - 2020
  • FY18 Comprehensive Monitoring CPA with NHDES  awarded by NH Department of Environmental Services 2018 - 2019
  • 2014-2017 NH Sea Grant Omnibus  awarded by US DOC, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) 2014 - 2019
  • Post Restoration Monitoring and Evaluation of the Sesuit Creek Project, Dennis, Massachusetts  awarded by Association to Preserve Cape Cod 2016 - 2017
  • Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership for UNH Eelgrass and Algae Monitoring in 2015  awarded by NH Department of Environmental Services 2015 - 2016
  • Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership Year 15 Workplan to Implement the Management Plan for the Region's Estuaries in 2011  awarded by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 2010 - 2016
  • Acquisition of Aerial Imagery for Habitat Mapping  awarded by NH Department of Environmental Services 2013 - 2016
  • Hampton-Seabrook Dunes  awarded by NH Department of Environmental Services 2015 - 2016
  • Investigation of Salinity Patterns and Marsh Bank Erosion in Tidal Marsh Communities of the North Shore of Massachusetts  awarded by Salem Sound Coastwatch 2014 - 2015
  • 2010-11 Great Bay SWMP & Marsh Biomonitoring  awarded by US DOC, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) 2010 - 2012
  • 2006-08 Sea Grant Program  awarded by US DOC, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) 2006 - 2012
  • NH Estuaries Project Year 11  awarded by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 2006 - 2010
  • Habitat Restoration Projects for New Hampshire's Tidal Waters  awarded by NH Department of Environmental Services 2006 - 2008
  • Teaching Activities

  • Freshwater Resources Taught course 2017
  • Freshwater Resources Taught course 2017
  • Freshwater Resources Taught course 2017
  • Freshwater Resources Taught course 2017
  • Freshwater Resources Taught course 2017
  • Wetland Ecology and Management Taught course 2016
  • Wetland Ecology and Management Taught course 2016
  • Freshwater Resources Taught course 2016
  • Freshwater Resources Taught course 2016
  • Freshwater Resources Taught course 2016
  • Freshwater Resources Taught course 2016
  • Freshwater Resources Taught course 2016
  • Wetland Ecology and Management Taught course 2015
  • Wetland Ecology and Management Taught course 2015
  • Freshwater Resources Taught course 2015
  • Freshwater Resources Taught course 2015
  • Freshwater Resources Taught course 2015
  • Freshwater Resources Taught course 2015
  • Freshwater Resources Taught course 2015
  • TIDES Internship Taught course 2015
  • Wetland Ecology and Management Taught course 2014
  • Wetland Ecology and Management Taught course 2014
  • Freshwater Resources Taught course 2014
  • Freshwater Resources Taught course 2014
  • Freshwater Resources Taught course 2014
  • Freshwater Resources Taught course 2014
  • Freshwater Resources Taught course 2014
  • Education And Training

  • B.S. Chemistry, Hobart and William Smith College
  • Ph.D. Marine Sciences, Louisiana State University
  • Full Name

  • David Burdick