Megan Vahsen

Graduate Student

I am a second year PhD student with an interest in eco-evolutionary dynamics in the context of global change. In particular, I study how rapid Schoenoplectus americanus evolution influences the accretion and elevation of salt marshes in the Chesapeake Bay. Our research group, including scientists from the University of Notre Dame, University of Tennessee, and the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center combines field measurements, greenhouse experiments, genetic analysis, and Bayesian modeling to better understand the magnitude and impact of S. americanus evolution on the past, present, and future structure and function of this valuable ecosystem.