Summary of Qualifications
Trained as an ecosystem ecologist and biogeochemist, I have a wide range of interests focused on understanding and protecting the natural environment. I am exploring innovative conservation opportunities including the role of ecosystem service valuation and environmental markets in coastal conservation efforts and in U.S. policies and programs (see, for example, Polefka and Sutton-Grier 2016, Schaefer et al. 2015, Sutton-Grier et al. 2014). As research faculty at University of Maryland and the National Ocean Service Ecosystem Science Adviser at NOAA, I am focused on opportunities to improve coastal ecosystem and human community resilience to climate change. To hear more about this work, listen to the recent webinar I gave on global coastal and ocean stressors and what we can do about it. My research includes increasing the use of natural and hybrid infrastructure in coastal planning and decision making (Sutton-Grier et al. 2015) and this paper won the 2016 Ecological Society of America "Innovation in Sustainability Science" award.
I, also, have been examining the role of environmental stressors, including natural or technological disasters, on ecosystem services and how this impacts human health (Sandifer et al., 2017, Sandifer and Sutton-Grier 2014) and the role that nature and biodiversity exposure play in human health and well-being (Sandifer and Sutton-Grier et al. 2015). I have also examined the impacts of derelict traps on coastal ecosystems and species (Arthur and Sutton-Grier et al. 2014) and measured the impact restoration projects have on local economies (Edwards et al. 2012).
I continue to work on using coastal carbon services (the “blue carbon” stored in coastal ecosystems) to further habitat protection and restoration efforts, while also mitigating climate change. Most recently I worked on a paper that compares the climate mitigation role of different coastal ecosytsems and concludes that coastl wetlands are the best place to focus climate mitigation efforts (Howard and Sutton-Grier et al. 2017). Listen to the Restore America's Estuaries podcast about the paper results. Also, listen to my recent interview for the radio show "Ocean Currents" and my National Ocean Service podcast. My blue carbon work also has included an analysis of how carbon services can be incoporated into U.S. federal policies (see Sutton-Grier and Moore 2016, Sutton-Grier et al. 2014, Pendleton et al. 2013) and into international projects to support ecosystem conservation and community livelihoods (see Wylie et al. 2016).
In addition, I continue to have a strong interest in mentoring and how to increase the participation of underrepresented groups in science. I find balancing all of these interests immensely fun and rewarding.
Research Faculty, University of Maryland Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center, 2014-present
Environmental Scientist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Ocean Service, 2012-2014
AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Office of Habitat Conservation, 2010-2012
Adjunct Faculty, Goucher College, Towson, MD, teaching "BIO 240: Ecology and Evolution," Fall 2009
Smithsonian Fellow, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, 2008-2010
Ph.D., Ecology. Duke University, 2008.
B.S., Environmental Science. Oregon State University, 2000.
B.A., International Studies. Oregon State University, 2000.
Ecosystem ecology and restoration, ecosystem services and environmental markets, coastal science and policy, biogeochemistry, biodiversity and ecosystem function, climate change
* Denotes undergraduate or post-baccalaureate mentee
+ Denotes co-first authored publication
Sandifer, P., L. Knapp, T. Collier, A. Jones, R. Juster, C. Kelble, R. Kwok, J. Miglarese, L. Palinkas, D. Porter, G. Scott, L. Smith, W. Sullivan, and A. Sutton-Grier. 2017. A conceptual model to assess stress-associated health effects of multiple ecosystem services degraded by disaster events in the Gulf of Mexico and elsewhere. Geohealth 1: 1-20.
Howard, J., A.E. Sutton-Grier+, D. Herr, J. Kleypas, E. Landis, E. Mcleod, E. Pidgeon, S. Simpson. 2017. Clarifying the role of coastal and marine systems in climate mitigation. Frontiers in Ecology and Environment.15(1):42-50. DOI.
Polefka, S. and A.E. Sutton-Grier+. 2016. Making ecosystem services part of
business as usual in federal governance. Frontiers in Ecology and Environment. 14(4):175. DOI.
Sutton-Grier, A.E. and A. Moore. 2016. Leveraging Carbon Services of Coastal Ecosystems for Habitat Protection and Restoration. Coastal Management.44(3):259-277. DOI.
*Wylie, L., A.E. Sutton-Grier, and A. Moore. 2016. Keys to successful blue carbon projects: Lessons learned from global case studies. Marine Policy. 65:76-84. DOI.
Funk, J.L, Larson, J.E., Ames, G.M., Butterfield, B.J., Cavender-Bares, J., Firn, J., Laughlin, D.C., Sutton-Grier, A.E., Williams, L. and J. Wright. 2016. Revisiting the Holy Grail: using plant functional traits to understand ecological processes. Biological Reviews. DOI.
Sutton-Grier, A.E., K. Wowk, and H. Bamford. 2015. Future of our coasts: The Potential for Natural and Hybrid Infrastructure to Enhance the Resilience of Our Coastal Communities, Economies and Ecosystems. Environmental Science and Policy. 51:137-148. DOI.
Schaefer, M., E. Goldman, A. Bartuska, A.E. Sutton-Grier, and J. Lubchenco. 2015. Nature as capital: Advancing and incorporating ecosystem services in United States federal policies and programs. Proceedings of the National Academcy of Sciences. 112 (24):7383-7389. (also see the full issue on Nature as Capital)
Sandifer, P.A., A.E. Sutton-Grier+, and B.P. Ward. 2015. Exploring connections among nature, biodiversity, ecosystem services, and human health and well-being: Opportunities to enhance health and biodiversity conservation. Ecosystem Services. 12:1-15.
Arthur, C., A.E. Sutton-Grier+, P. Murphy, and H,. Bamford. 2014. Out of sight but not out of mind: Harmful effects of derelict traps in selected U.S. coastal waters. Marine Pollution Bulletin.
Sandifer, P. and A.E. Sutton-Grier. 2014. Connecting stressors, ocean ecosystem services, and human health. Natural Resources Forum. DOI
Sutton-Grier, A.E., A.K. Moore, P.C. Wiley, and P.E.T. Edwards. 2014. Incorporating ecosystem carbon into U.S. federal policies: A "win-win" for climate and coastal habitat conservation. National Wetlands Newsletter. 36(1):14-17.
Sutton-Grier, A.E., A.K. Moore, P.C. Wiley, and P.E.T. Edwards. 2014. Incorporating ecosystem services into the implementation of existing U.S. natural resource management regulations: The case for carbon sequestration and storage. Marine Policy. 43:246-253. DOI
Sutton-Grier, A.E. Contributed to: Assessing Ecological Integrity Across Jurisdictional Boundaries. Report Available Online. Defenders of Wildlife and Oregon State University.
Pendleton, L.H., A.E. Sutton-Grier+, D.R. Gordon, B.C. Murray, B.E. Victor, R.B. Griffis, J.A.V. Lechuga, and C. Giri. 2013. Considering “Coastal Carbon” in Existing U.S. Federal Statutes and Policies. Coastal Management. 41:439-456. DOI
Sutton-Grier, A.E., J. Wright, and C. Richardson. 2012. Different plant traits affect two pathways of riparian nitrogen removal in a restored freshwater wetland. Plant and Soil. 365:41-57. DOI
Edwards, P., A.E. Sutton-Grier, and G. Coyle*. 2012. Investing in Nature: Restoring Coastal Habitat Blue Infrastructure and Green Job Creation. Marine Policy. 38:65-71. DOI
Keller, J., A.E. Sutton-Grier, A. Bullock*, and J.P. Megonigal. 2012. Anaerobic metabolism in tidal freshwater wetlands: I. Plant removal effects on iron reduction and methanogenesis. Estuaries and Coasts. 36(3):457-470. DOI
Emerson, D., W. Bellows, J. Keller, C. Moyer, A.E. Sutton-Grier, and J.P. Megonigal. 2012. Anaerobic metabolism in tidal freshwater wetlands: II. Effects of plant removal on Archaeal microbial communities. Estuaries and Coasts. 36(3):471-481. DOI
*Bullock, A., A. E. Sutton-Grier, and J.P. Megonigal. 2012. Anaerobic metabolism in tidal freshwater wetlands: III. Temperature regulation of iron cycling. Estuaries and Coasts. 36(3):482-490. DOI
Wright, J. P., and A. E. Sutton-Grier. 2012. Does the leaf economic spectrum hold within local species pools across varying environmental conditions? Functional Ecology 26:1390-1398. DOI
Sutton-Grier, A.E., J. Keller, R. Koch*, C. Gilmour, and J.P. Megonigal. 2011. Electron donors and acceptors influence anaerobic soil organic matter mineralization in tidal marshes. Soil Biology and Biochemistry. 43: 1576-1583. DOI
Sutton-Grier, A.E. and J.P. Megonigal. 2011. Plant species traits regulate methane production in freshwater wetland soils. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 43:412-420. DOI
Sutton-Grier, A.E., J. Wright, B. McGill*, and C. Richardson. 2011. Environmental conditions influence the plant functional diversity effect on denitrification potential. PLoS ONE 6(2): e16584. DOI
Unghire, J.M.*, A.E. Sutton-Grier, N. Flanagan, and C. Richardson. 2011. Spatial Impacts of Stream and Wetland Restoration on Riparian Soil Properties in the North Carolina Piedmont. Restoration Ecology 19(6):738-746. DOI
Brantley, S.L., J.P. Megonigal, F.N. Scatena, Z. Balogh-Brunstad, R.T. Barnes, M.A. Bruns, P. van Cappellen, K. Dontsova, H. Harntnett, T. Hartshorn, A. Heimsath, E. Herndon, L. Jin, C. K. Keller, J.R. Leake, W.H. McDowell, F.C. Meinzer, T.J. Mozdzer, S.Petsch, J. Pett-Ridge, K.S. Pregitzer, P. Raymond, C.S. Riebe, K. Shumaker, A. Sutton-Grier, R. Walter, and K. Yoo. 2011. Twelve Testable Hypotheses on the Geobiology of Weathering. Geobiology 9(2):140-165. DOI
Sutton-Grier, A.E., M. Kenney, and C.J. Richardson. 2010. Examining the relationship between ecosystem structure and function using structural equation modeling: A case study examining denitrification potential in restored wetlands. Ecological Modelling. 221:761-768. DOI
McGill, B.M.*, A.E. Sutton-Grier, and J. P. Wright. 2010. Plant trait diversity buffers variability in denitrification potential over changes in season and soil conditions. PLoS One 5(7): e11618. DOI
Smith, Z. and A.E. Sutton-Grier. 2010. Making the Most of Your Postdoc. The Chronicle of Higher Education. Published online July 16, 2010.
Sutton-Grier, A.E., M. Ho, and C.J. Richardson. 2009. Organic amendments improve soil conditions and denitrification in a restored riparian wetland. Wetlands. 29:343-352. DOI
Kenney, M.A., A.E. Sutton-Grier, R. Smith, and S. Gresens. 2009. Benthic macroinvertebrates as indicators of water quality: the intersection of science and policy. Terrestrial Arthopod Review. 2(2):99-128. DOI
Freidenburg, T.L., B.A. Menge, P.M. Halpin, M. Webster, and A.E. Sutton-Grier. (2007). Cross-scale variation in top-down and bottom-up control of algal abundance. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology(2). 347:8-29. DOI
Sutton-Grier, A.E. & M.A. Kenney. (2005). Recruiters and Academia: A Class Act. Nature. 436:886.
- National Academy of Sciences Gulf of Mexico Exploratory Research Grant "Modeling stress-associated health effects of multiple impacted ecosystem services in the Gulf of Mexico" (2015-2016)
- Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) North American Blue Carbon Grant (2015-2017)
- NASA ROSES grant: “Linking satellite and soil data to validate coastal wetland “blue carbon” inventories: Upscaled support for developing MRV and REDD+ protocols” (2014-2017)
- Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) North American Blue Carbon Grant. (2013-2015)
- National Academicies Keck Futures Initiatives (NAKFI) Ecosystem Services Symposium Travel Grant. (2011)
- Women Evolving Biological Sciences (WEBS) Symposium travel grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) ADVANCE program. (2010)
- National Postdoctoral Association “National Summit on Gender and the Postdoctorate.” Travel grant from the NSF ADVANCE program. (2010)
- National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant. 2005.
- National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. 2003-2006.
- Society of Wetland Scientists Student Research Grant. 2005.
- FORWARD to the Professorship (Focus on Reaching Women for Academics, Research, and Development). Funding from the NSF ADVANCE leadership award. 2007.
- Sigma Xi Annual Conference Travel Grant. 2006.
- Conference Travel Grant. Funding from the Duke University Graduate School and the Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences. 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007.
- Oreon State University Research Innovation, Scholarship, Creativity Undergraduate Incentive Program Award. 1999.
- Ecological Society of America Innovation in Sustainability Science Award, 2016, for the paper "Future of Our Coasts" on Coastal Resilience
- Ecological Society of America Early Career Fellow, 2015-2019
- National Ocean Service (NOAA) Assistant Administrator Special Group Award, 2014
- American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Policy Fellow, 2010-2012
- ESA Academic Excellence Award for Young Women in Ecology, Honorable Mention, 2010
- Duke University Young Trustee Finalist, 2009
- Smithsonian Fellow, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, 2008-2010
- American Association of University Women American Fellowship, 2007-2008
- 10th International Symposium on Wetland Biogeochemistry "Exceptional Oral Presentation," 2007
- OSU Waldo Cummings Outstanding Senior Award, 2000
- OSU College of Science Outstanding Woman in Science Scholarship, 1999
- SESYNC Scientific Review Commitee, 2016-present.
- SESYNC Workshop on how to improve teaching of socioenvironmental synthesis. Created a summary of the Jigsaw method for teaching about SE synthesis.
- Teaching Workshop: "Look whose talking: Using discussion as an effective learning tool." Teaching workshop presented at the Ecological Society of America Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland. 2015. Co-Organizers: J. Momsen and E. Rauschert. We developed this workshop into a publication for the ESA Bulletin entitled, "Using Discussion to Promote Learning in Undergraduate Biology."
- Symposia Co-Organizer. "Blue Carbon: Tools and Demonstration Activities (Parts I and II)." Society of Wetland Scientists conference, Providence, Rhode Island. 2015. Co-Organizers: S. Crooks and P. Megonigal.
- Planning Steering Committee Member and Organizer of a Special Session entitled, "North American Carbon Policy: how carbon science can support current and proposed policy approaches" on Wed. January 28th, for the North American Carbon Program (NACP) Meeting, Washington, D.C. 2015.
- Symposium Organizer. "The Promise of Blue Carbon – Climate Mitigation Services as a Potential Driver for Coastal Marine Habitat Restoration and Conservation." A Community on Ecosystem Services (ACES), Washington, D.C. 2014. Co-Organizer: S. Emmett-Mattox.
- Symposium Organizer. "Coastal Blue Carbon: Policy Drivers and Coastal Blue Carbon: State of Science, Methodologies and Tools." Restore America’s Estuaries Summit, Washington, D.C. 2014. Co-Organizer: A. Moore.
- Symposium Organizer. "Coastal Blue Carbon: State of the Science, Tools, and Methodologies." Restore America’s Estuaries Summit, Washington, D.C. 2014. Co-Organizer: A. Moore.
- Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies Short Course Participant, University of Maryland Socioenvironmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), Annapolis, MD. July 2014. "When it Rains it Pours: A Socioenvironmental Approach to Understanding Coastal Flooding."
- Teaching Workshop: "You're reading what?!? Using journal articles as teaching tools to enhance student learning." Teaching Workshop presented at the Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting in Sacramento, California. 2014. Co-Organizer: E. Rauschert.
- Teaching Workshop: "Got data? Visualizing and Manipulating Ecological Data Sets to Support Undergraduate Learning." Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 2013. Co-Organizers: J. Dauer, E. Rauschert, and J. Momsen.
- Symposium Organizer. Blue Carbon, Green Opportunities:Innovative Solutions to Protect Coastal Ecosystems. American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual meeting, Vancouver, B.C. 2012. Co-Organizers: Steve Emmett-Mattox and Steve Crooks. (see Science Magazine coverage of the symposium and then also fun is the Bon Appetit Cooking Magazine coverage of the example one of our presenters, Boone Kauffman, gave about the carbon footprint of a shrimp cocktail!)
- Symposium Organizer. Four joint symposia on the Science, Economics, Policy, and Management of Blue Carbon. Annual meeting of the Society of Wetland Scientists/Intecol joint meeting. Orlando, 2012. Co-Organizer: Pat Megonigal.
- Symposium Organizer. The evolving role of environmental scientists in informing sustainable ecosystem policy and management. Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, Portland, 2012. Co-Organizer: Melissa Kenney.
- Teaching Workshop: "Formative Assessment: Just Do It! Rapid Response to Undergraduate Feedback." Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon. 2012. Co-Organizers: J. Dauer, E. Rauschert, and J. Momsen.
- NSF-Sponsored Faculty Institutes for Reforming Science Teaching (FIRST IV) Postdoctoral Scholar in Biology Teaching and Learning (2009-2011)
- Teaching Workshop: "101 Ways to Effectively Use Journal Articles as Teaching Tools.” Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, Austin, Texas, 2011. Co-Organizers: J.L. Momsen, J. Dauer, and E. Rauscher.
- Teaching Workshop: "Scientific Teaching and Active Learning in Undergraduate Science.” National Postdoctoral Association Annual Meeting, Bethesda, Maryland, 2011. Co-Organizers: D. Ebert-May and A. Roark
- Teaching workshop: "In Full Bloom: Using Bloom’s Taxonomy to Align Class Learning Objectives and Assessments in Introductory Biology." Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 2010. Co-Organizers: J.L. Momsen, J. Dauer, and E. Rauscher
- Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS) Chair of the Global Change Section, 2011-present
- Adjunct Faculty, Goucher College, Towson, MD, teaching "BIO 240: Ecology and Evolution," Fall 2009
- Reviewer (example journals include): Ecological Applications, Biogeochemistry, Journal of the North American Benthological Society, Soil Science Society of America, Restoration Ecology, Aquatic Botany
- Symposium Organizer. "Biodiversity and Restoration in a Changing World." Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, San Jose, 2007. Co-Organizers: Justin Wright and Roberto Lindig-Cisneros
- Duke University Representative at the National Conference on Graduate Student Leadership, 2007
- Duke University Graduate and Professional Women's Network (2002-2008), Advisory Board (2006-2008)
- PBS Dragonfly TV "SciGirls" Mentor, 2006
- Wetland Educator for the North Carolina Museum of Life and Science, 2005-2007
- N.C. State "Expanding Your Horizons" Math and Science Conference for 8th Girls, 2004, 2005, 2007
- Duke University Consortium on Teaching and Learning (2005-2008)
Research and Career Featured In
- Derouin, S. Study finds that Coastal Wetlands Excel at Storing Carbon. EOS 98. March 16, 2017.
- Restore America's Estuaries webinar. Blue Carbon-what's included, what isn't, and why. Feb 8, 2017.
- ESA Blog. Coastal wetlands help fight climate change. Feb 1, 2017.
- Wright, M. University of Maryland. Coastal wetlands excel at storing carbon. Feb 1, 2017.
- The Huffington Post. IUCN, Planet at the Crossroads. Mangroves and marshes key in the climate change battle. Feb 2, 2017.
- The Hans India. Wetland ecosystems imbibe excess CO2 and mitigate climate effects. Feb 4, 2017.
- Summit County Citizens Voice. Coastal Wetlands Seen as key piece of global carbon cycle. 2017.
- Sustainable Adaptable Gradients in Coastal Environments (SAGE) webinar. 2016. "Global Change Impacts on Coastal and Ocean Ecosystem Services and Human Health and What We Can Do About It."
- Bird, W. 2016. "African wetlands project: A win for the climate and the people?" Yale Environment 360 magazine.
- Ocean Currents radio show interview with Jennifer Stock. October 3, 2016. "Blue Carbon: Why restoring coastal wetlands can help combat climate change."
- del Bello, L. 2016. "Mangrove loss threatens Kenyan coastal communities and the climate." Climate Change News. 09/22/2016.
- Popkin, G. 2015. “Breaking the Waves.” Science Magazine. 350 (6262): 756-759.
- Mannix, H. 2015. “Briefing Debrief: ‘Shoring Up’ Scientists Share Their Perspectives On Visiting The Hill.” COMPASS Blog post.
- Schuler, T. 2015. “The case for living coastlines.” Landscape Architecture magazine, August 2015 edition.
- Wright, M. 2015. "Assigning Value to Nature at the Federal Level." College of Math and Natural Sciences News, University of Maryland.
- Biohabitats. 2015. "Socioeconomic benefits of coastal habitat restoration." Leaf Litter Newsletter.
- Carlson, D. 2015. "All (green) hands needed on deck-getting ready for sea level rise." West Coast Environmental Law.
- NOAA Press Release, 2015. "NOAA study finds marshes, reefs, beaches can enhance coastal resilience."
- Kinver, M. 2015. "Collaboration needed on nature and wellbeing links." BBC News.
- Auble, K. 2014. "Sutton-Grier receives NOS Award and NASA funding." University of Maryland ESSIC News.
- National Ocean Service Podcast. 2014. Coastal Blue Carbon.
- Gass, H. 2013. “Developing Rules to stop erosion of U.S. wetlands.” ClimateWire.
- Grossman, E. 2012. “More jobs than coal, oil, and gas: Investing in the environment promotes economic growth.” The Pump Handle Science Blog.
- Baker, B. 2011. “Having a Life in Science.” BioScience 61: 429-433.
- Johns-Hopkins University Global Water Magazine, October 2010. “Four Lessons from Restoration Research.”
- Public Broadcasting (PBS) Dragonfly TV "Wetlands of North Carolina" Kids' science show, Spring 2007
- Duke Magazine "Plant Manager," July-August 2006
- News and Observer, Raleigh, NC. "Duke scholars work to restore wetlands-on campus" Aug. 22, 2005
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