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Michael Osland

Research Ecologist

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Dr. Osland is a Research Ecologist at the U.S. Geological Survey's Wetland and Aquatic Research Center (Lafayette, Louisiana). In broad terms, his research examines the response of ecosystems to changing conditions and the implications for conservation and restoration. Prior to joining the U.S. Geological Survey, Dr. Osland was a postdoctoral investigator at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Gulf Ecology Division. He earned a Ph.D. in Ecology from Duke University (2009) and a B.A. in Biology from Willamette University (2000). Dr. Osland was a Fulbright Scholar in Costa Rica and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in El Salvador.

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Enwright, N., K.T. Griffith, and M.J. Osland. In press. Barriers to and opportunities for landward migration of coastal wetlands with sea-level rise. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.

Yando, E.S., M.J. Osland, J.M. Willis, R.H. Day, K.W. Krauss, and M.W. Hester. In press. Salt marsh-mangrove ecotones: using structural gradients to investigate the effects of woody plant encroachment on plant-soil interactions and ecosystem carbon pools. Journal of Ecology.

Lovelock, C.E., Krauss, K.W., Osland, M.J., Reef, R., Ball, M.C. 2016. The physiology of mangrove trees with changing climate. Pages 149-179 in Goldstein G. and Santiago L.S. (editors). Tropical Tree Physiology. Springer, New York.

Osland, M.J., Enwright, N.M., Day, R.H., Gabler, C.A., Stagg, C.L., Grace, J.B. 2016. Beyond just sea-level rise: considering macroclimatic drivers within coastal wetland vulnerability assessments to climate change. Global Change Biology 22:1-11

Osland, M.J., Day, R.H., From, A.S., McLemore, M.L., McCoy, J., Kelleway, J. 2015. Life stage influences the resistance and resilience of black mangrove forests to winter climate extremes. Ecosphere 6:art160.

Enwright, N.M., K.T. Griffith, and M.J. Osland. 2015. Incorporating future change into current conservation planning—Evaluating tidal saline wetland migration along the U.S. Gulf of Mexico coast under alternative sea-level rise and urbanization scenarios. U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 969.

Osland, M.J., Enwright, N., Stagg, C.L. 2014. Freshwater availability and coastal wetland foundation species: ecological transitions along a rainfall gradient. Ecology 95: 2789–2802

Osland, M.J., Day, R.H., Larriviere, J.C., From, A.S. 2014. Aboveground allometric models for freeze-affected black mangroves (Avicennia germinans): equations for a climate sensitive mangrove-marsh ecotone. PLoS ONE 9(6): e99604.

Osland, M.J., Enwright, N., Day, R.H., Doyle, T.W. 2013. Winter climate change and coastal wetland foundation species: salt marshes versus mangrove forests in the southeastern U.S. Global Change Biology 19: 1482-1494.

Russell, M., Teague, A., Alvarez, F., Dantin, D., Osland, M.J., Harvey, J., Nestlerode, J., Rogers, J., Jackson, L., Pilant, D., Genthner, F., Lewis, M., Spivak, A., Harwell, M., and Neale, A. 2013. Neighborhood scale quantification of ecosystem goods and services. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development, Gulf Ecology Division, Gulf Breeze, Florida. EPA/600/R-13/295. November 2013.

Osland, M.J., Spivak, A.C., Nestlerode, J.A., Lessmann, J.M., Almario, A.E., Heitmuller, P.T., Russell, M.J., Krauss, K.W., Alvarez, F., Dantin, D.D., Harvey, J.E., From, A.S., Cormier, N., and Stagg, C.L. 2012. Ecosystem development after mangrove wetland creation: plant-soil change across a 20-year chronosequence. Ecosystems 15: 848-866.

Osland, M.J., González, E., Richardson, C.J. 2011. Restoring diversity after cattail invasion: disturbance, resilience, and seasonality in a tropical dry wetland. Ecological Applications 21: 715-728.

Osland M.J., González, E., Richardson, C.J. 2011. Coastal freshwater wetland plant community response to seasonal drought and flooding in northwestern Costa Rica. Wetlands 31: 641-652.

Osland M.J., Pahl, J.W., Richardson, C.J. 2009. Native bamboo (Arundinaria gigantea (Walter) Muhl., Poaceae) establishment and growth after the removal of an invasive non-native shrub (Ligustrum sinense Lour., Oleaceae): implications for restoration. Castanea 74: 247-258.

Osland, M.J. 2009. Managing invasive plants during wetland restoration: the role of disturbance, plant strategies, and environmental filters. Ph.D. Dissertation. Duke University.

My USGS Science Strategy Areas

Climate Variability & Change

Understanding Ecosystems & Predicting Ecosystems Change

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Michael Osland
700 Cajundome Blvd
Lafayette, LA 70506
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