Deborah J. Shafer

    Research Marine Biologist


    • Ph. D., University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL, 2007, Marine Science
    • M.S., North Central Louisiana University, Monroe, LA, 1996. Biology.
    • B.A., California State University, Fullerton, CA, 1979, Biology

    Research Interests

    • Seagrass and coastal wetlands restoration and creation
    • Impacts of dredging and overwater structures on seagrass resources
    • Beneficial uses of dredged materials for coastal habitat creation
    • Development of functional assessment protocols for coastal ecosystems

    Research Projects

    • Assessing impacts of dredging activities to seagrass resources in Panama City Harbor, FL
    • Large-scale seagrass restoration demonstrations in Chesapeake Bay, MD
    • Design and construction recommendations to reduce impacts of overwater structures to seagrass resources
    • Development of hydrogeomorphic functional assessment protocols for assessing functions of tidal fringe wetlands along the TX, MS and AL Gulf coasts
    • Submerged Aquatic Vegetation Restoration Research Program

    Professional Memberships

    • Estuarine Research Federation


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