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Merryl Alber
Professor, Director, UGA Marine Institute on Sapelo Island

Mailing Address:
Dr. Merryl Alber
Department of Marine Sciences
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602-3636

Office Phone: (706) 542-5966
Lab Phone: (706) 542-1467
FAX Number: (706) 542-5888
Georgia Coastal Research Council Web Site:

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Ph.D. 1992, Boston University, Boston

B.S. 1981, Duke University, Durham, NC

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Research Emphasis:

Marine ecology of nearshore environments; estuarine food webs; impacts of freshwater withdrawal on coastal systems; models of estuarine flushing times; biological characteristics and fate of suspended sediments in estuaries; human impacts in the coastal zone; interactions between science and policy

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 Selected Publications:

Hladik, C., J. Schalles and M. Alber 2013 Salt marsh elevation and habitat mapping using hyperspectral and LIDAR data. Remote Sensing of Environment (DOI 10/1016/j.rse.2013.08.003)

McFarlin, C. R. and  M. Alber 2013. Foliar DMSO:DMSP ratio and metal content as indicators of stress in Spartina alterniflora. Marine Ecology Progress series 474: 1-13 (DOI 10.3354/meps10184). 

M. Alber and J.E. Sheldon 2011. Water quality status of Georgia estuaries and coastal waters using recommended indicators. Proc. of the 2011 Georgia Water Resources Conference.

White, SN, and M. Alber 2009  Shifts in distribution of  Spartina alterniflora and S. cynosuriodes resulting from drought in the Altamaha River Estuary.  Wetlands  29: 215-224

Alber, M, EM Swenson, SC Adamowicz and IA Mendelssohn 2008  Salt marsh dieback: An overview of recent events in the US. Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science 80: 1-11

Schaefer, S.C. and M. Alber  2007  Temperature controls a latitudinal gradient in the proportion of watershed nitrogen exported to coastal ecosystems.  Biogeochemistry 85: 333-346. 

Sheldon, J.E. and M. Alber 2006  The calculation of estuarine turnover times using fraction of freshwater and tidal prism models: a critical evaluation.  Estuaries and Coasts.  29: 146-159.

Higinbotham, C.B., M. Alber, and A.G. Chalmers  2004. Analysis of Tidal Marsh Vegetation Patterns in Two Georgia Estuaries Using Aerial Photography and GIS.   Estuaries.  27: 670-683.

Alber, M.  2002.  A Conceptual Model of Estuarine Inflow Management. Estuaries. 25: 1246-1261.


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