Elka Porter Ph.D.


Chesapeake Biological Laboratory

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My research deals with the effect of water flow and organisms on sediment-water interactions (or benthic-pelagic coupling processes) and subsequent effects on water quality. In some of my experiments, I use shear turbulence resuspension mesocosms (STURM), special tanks that I designed set up at the Patuxent Environmental & Aquatic Research Laboratory in St. Leonard, Maryland, for summer research. Due to climate change, the frequency and magnitude of storms is predicted to increase and I can mimic storms and tidal resuspension in my experiments.

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