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Amanda Spivak

Associate Professor

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Marine Science Rm. 164
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I'm new here! The Spivak lab moved to UGA's Department of Marine Science from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in January 2019.

I am looking for a postdoc, graduate student, and undergraduate students to join the lab! If you are a prospective postdoc or grad student contact me directly. If you are an undergraduate researcher, please complete this application and send it to me.

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Curriculum Vitae:

Ph.D.: Marine Science. 2008. College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA.

A.B.: Biology, Environmental Science concentration, with honors. Minor in English. Magna Cum Laude. 2001. Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA.

Nelson, J.A., D.S. Johnson, L.A. Deegan, A.C. Spivak, and N.R. Sommer. 2018. Feedbacks between nutrient enrichment and geomorphology alter bottom-up control on food webs. Ecosystems. 10.1007/s10021-018-0265-x

Spivak, A.C., K. Gosselin, and S.P. Sylva. 2018. Shallow ponds are biogeochemically distinct habitats in salt marsh ecosystems. Limnology and Oceanography. 63: 1622-1642 10.1002/lno.10797

Spivak, A.C., K. Gosselin, E. Howard, G. Mariotti, I. Forbrich, R. Stanley, and S.P. Sylva. 2017. Shallow ponds are heterogeneous habitats within salt marsh ecosystems. JGR Biogeosciences. 10.1002/2017JG003780

Krauss, K.K., N. Cormier, M.J. Osland, M.L. Kirwan, C.L. Stagg, J.A. Nestlerode, M.J. Russell, A.S. From, A.C. Spivak, D.D. Dantin, J.E. Harvey, and A.E. Almario. 2017. Created mangrove wetlands store belowground carbon and surface elevation change enables them to adjust to sea-level rise. Scientific Reports 7(1030): 1-11. 10.1038/s41598-017-01224-2

Spivak, A.C. and J. Ossolinski. 2016. Limited effects of nutrient enrichment on bacterial carbon sources in salt marsh tidal creek sediments. Marine Ecology Progress Series 544: 107-130.

Spivak, A.C. and J. Reeve. 2015. Rapid cycling of recently fixed carbon in a Spartina alterniflora system: A stable isotope tracer experiment. Biogeochemistry 125: 97-114. 10.1007/s10533-015-0115-2

Spivak, A.C. 2015. Benthic biogeochemical responses to changing estuary trophic state and nutrient availability: A paired field and mesocosm experiment approach. Limnology and Oceanography. 60(1): 3-21.

Research Interests:

My research group focuses on coastal ecosystem ecology. I seek to develop an integrated understanding of ecological and biogeochemical processes in order to refine the role of estuaries and wetlands in the global carbon cycle and predict the likelihood of recovery from human disturbances. My group uses innovative geochemical tracer approaches, including stable isotopes and lipid biomarkers, in combination with mesocosm and landscape-scale experiments to quantify carbon pathways, transformations, and fate.

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