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For over twelve years, I served as a support scientist and an Ecologist for the U.S. Geological Survey, Wetland and Aquatic Research Center in Lafayette, Louisiana, USA and the U.S.D.A. Forest Service, Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry, in Hilo, Hawai’i, USA.  I have conducted research in a variety of coastal ecosystems of the Southeast United States, Asia and many islands in the Pacific. 

Research interests

I have studied wetland structure, productivity, disturbance, nutrient cycling, invasive species impacts, foodweb dynamics, surface elevation change, wetland vulnerability, greenhouse gas efflux and water use efficiency in tidal forests and marshes.  My research focus is to better understand coastal sedimentation, soil surface elevation change and restoration processes in saltmarsh and mangrove ecosystems.

Education/Academic qualification

Wetland Ecology, Master of Science, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Biology, Bachelor of Science, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

External positions

Ecologist, US Geological Survey

1 Jan 200915 Apr 2017

Ecologist, USDA Forest Service

15 Jan 200215 Dec 2007

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mangrove Earth & Environmental Sciences
wetland Earth & Environmental Sciences
marsh Earth & Environmental Sciences
marshes Agriculture & Biology
wetlands Agriculture & Biology
Wetlands Chemical Compounds
sea level Agriculture & Biology
mangrove forests Agriculture & Biology

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Research Outputs 2006 2018

  • 336 Citations
  • 11 h-Index
  • 19 Article

Ghost forests of Marco Island: mangrove mortality driven by belowground soil structural shifts during tidal hydrologic alteration

Krauss, K. W., Demopoulos, A. W. J., Cormier, N., From, A. S., McClain-Counts, J. P. & Lewis III, R. R., 15 Nov 2018, In : Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science. 212, p. 51-62 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

The role of the upper tidal estuary in wetland blue carbon storage and flux

Krauss, K. W., Noe, G. B., Duberstein, J. A., Conner, W. H., Stagg, C. L., Cormier, N., Jones, M. C., Bernhardt, C. E., Lockaby, B. G., From, A. S., Doyle, T. W., Day, R. H., Ensign, S. H., Pierfelice, K. N., Hupp, C. R., Chow, A. T. & Whitbeck, J. L., May 2018, In : Global Biogeochemical Cycles. 32, 5, p. 817-839 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Assessing coastal wetland vulnerability to sea-level rise along the northern Gulf of Mexico coast: gaps and opportunities for developing a coordinated regional sampling network

Osland, M. J., Griffith, K. T., Larriviere, J. C., Feher, L. C., Cahoon, D. R., Enwright, N. M., Oster, D. A., Tirpak, J. M., Woodrey, M. S., Collini, R. C., Baustian, J. J., Breithaupt, J. L., Cherry, J. A., Conrad, J. R., Cormier, N., Coronado-Molina, C. A., Donoghue, J. F., Graham, S. A., Harper, J. W., Hester, M. W. & 17 othersHoward, R. J., Krauss, K. W., Kroes, D. E., Lane, R. R., McKee, K. L., Mendelssohn, I. A., Middleton, B. A., Moon, J. A., Piazza, S. C., Rankin, N. M., Sklar, F. H., Steyer, G. D., Swanson, K. M., Swarzenski, C. M., Vervaeke, W. C., Willis, J. M. & Wilson, K. V., 13 Sep 2017, In : PLoS ONE. 12, 9, p. 1-23 23 p., e0183431.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Gulf of Mexico
Sea level
Oceans and Seas
sea level

Causal mechanisms of soil organic matter decomposition: deconstructing salinity and flooding impacts in coastal wetlands

Stagg, C. L., Schoolmaster, D. R., Krauss, K. W., Cormier, N. & Conner, W. H., Aug 2017, In : Ecology. 98, 8, p. 2003-2018 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

coastal wetland
soil organic matter

Created mangrove wetlands store belowground carbon and surface elevation change enables them to adjust to sea-level rise

Krauss, K. W., Cormier, N., Osland, M. J., Kirwan, M. L., Stagg, C. L., Nestlerode, J. A., Russell, M. J., From, A. S., Spivak, A. C., Dantin, D. D., Harvey, J. E. & Almario, A. E., 21 Apr 2017, In : Scientific Reports. 7, 1, p. 1-11 11 p., 1030.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
ecosystem service
sea level rise