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Decary Hall 223
207-602-2227 (w)

Pamela A. Morgan, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Environmental Studies; Co-Director of the Saco River Estuary Project
pmorgan@une.edu

Biography

I have taught a variety of courses at UNE, including Conservation and Preservation, Conservation Field Skills, Wetland Conservation and Ecology, Wetland Restoration: Science and Policy, Women and the Environment, Introduction to Environmental Issues and others. My approach to teaching is to help students learn by doing - We do many projects in local habitats and local communities, as well as projects right here on campus. 

Being right on the coast of Maine offers amazing opportunities to involve undergraduate students in my research of coastal wetlands, and I enjoy teaching students about the ecology of salt marshes, as well as about the challenges of protecting and restoring these important habitats.

I am currently the president of the New England Estuarine Research Society (www.neers.org), where my students often present talks and posters.

In addition, I am involved in efforts to develop and implement nature education programs for nearby public schools. My students have also been involved in this work, through classes such as the Greening the Schools seminar and through internships and service projects with local schools and land trusts.

 

Expertise

Salt marsh conservation/restoration/ecology;
Wetland conservation/restoration/ecology;
Conservation and Preservation; Environmental education


Education

Ph.D., Natural Resources, University of New Hampshire, 2000

M.S., Botany, University of Maine, 1984


Research and Scholarship

Research Interests

Salt marsh conservation and ecology; Environmental education

Current Research or Scholarship

Much of my work has focused on coastal wetlands, and in particular the small, fringing salt marshes that line rivers and bays. These marshes provide an important nursery ground for juvenile fish, contain unique plant and animal species, and contribute to the productivity and beauty of the estuary. Because of their long, narrow shape, they are especially susceptible to impacts from the developed land next to them. Part of what I do is study the ecology of fringing marshes, but more important, I work with other researchers, the public, managers and policy makers to better protect them.

My other research projects focus on environmental education, and on developing and assessing programs designed to connect children directly with the natural world.

Selected Publications

Morgan, P.A., Burdick, D.B. and Short, F.T. 2009. The functions and values of fringing salt marshes in northern New England, USA. Estuaries and Coasts 32(3): 483-495.

Morgan, P.A., Miller, J. Dalton, C. and M. Dionne. 2007. A Comprehensive Wetland Program for Fringing Salt Marshes in the York River, Maine. Prepared for: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Date of Submission: May 31, 2007. 

Morgan, P.A., L. Curci, C. Dalton and J. Miller. 2005. Assessing the Health of the Fore River and its Tributaries. Prepared for: Natural Resource Damage Trustees, Maine Department of Environmental Protection. Date of Submission: August, 2005.  

Morgan, P.A., M. Dionne, R. MacKenzie and L. Curci. 2005. Ecological Functions and Values of Fringing Salt Marshes Susceptible to Oil Spills in Casco Bay, Maine. Prepared for: Maine Oil Spill Advisory Committee. Date of Submission: February 15, 2005.  

Morgan, P.A. and F.T. Short. 2002. Using functional trajectories to model constructed salt marsh development in the Great Bay Estuary, ME/NH. Restoration Ecology. Vol 10 No. 3, pp. 461-473.  

Short, F.T., D.M. Burdick, C.A. Short, R.C. Davis and P.A. Morgan. 2000. Developing success criteria for restored eelgrass, salt marsh and mud flat habitats. Ecological Engineering,15: 239-252;

Recently Funded Grants

Maine EPSCoR Sustainability Solutions Partners Grant,Sustaining Quality of Place in the Saco River Estuary through Community Based Ecosystem Management.  $125K, Sept, 2009.

EPA Grant, A Comprehensive Wetland Program for Intertidal Marshes in the York River, $99K, May 2005.

Maine Department of Environmental Protection Grant, Assessing the Health of Fringing Salt Marshes along the Fore River and its Tributaries, $24K, May 2004.

Maine Oil Spill Advisory Committee Grant, Ecological Functions of Fringing Salt Marshes Susceptible to Oil Spills in Casco Bay, Maine, $79K,  February 2002.

Other Selected Scholarly Activities

Marsters, J.A. and P.A. Morgan. Assessment of an impacted fringing salt marsh and an experimental approach to re-vegetation of bare patches. New England Estuarine Research Society Meeting, Block Island, RI, Oct. 16-18, 2008.

Mitchell, E. and P.A. Morgan. Comparison of disturbed/undisturbed upland-salt marsh borders and the presence of invasive/native haplotypes of Phragmites australis. New England Estuarine Research Society Meeting. Portsmouth, NH, May 1-3, 2008.

Morgan, P.A., J. Miller and C. Dalton. Indicators of fringing salt marsh ecological function that are responsive to shoreline development pressures.  International Meeting of the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation. Providence, RI, Nov. 6-9, 2007.

Zwinglestein, B. and P.A. Morgan. Green crabs, fish and adjacent land use: An investigation of fringing salt marshes along the York River, Maine. New England Estuarine Research Society Meeting, Hull, MA, April 6-8, 2006.

Miller, J. and P.A. Morgan. Benthic invertebrate community response to hydrocarbon contamination in Casco Bay, Maine. New England Estuarine Research Society Meeting, Hull, MA, April 6-8, 2006.

Fredericks, V. L., Williams, K. E., and P.A. Morgan.  Monitoring the effects of a new dock on a fringing salt marsh at the University of New England.  New England Estuarine Research Society Meeting, Burlington, VT, March 7-9, 2004.

Student Opportunities: Yes