Dr. Maureen Downing-Kunz

Dr. Maureen Downing-Kunz
U.S. Geological Survey
California Water Science Center
6000 J Street
Placer Hall
Fields of interest
Estuarine geomorphology, estuarine sediment transport, wind-wave sediment resuspension and erosion, watershed sediment supply, tidal wetland restoration
Description of scientific projects
Intertidal mudflats and tidal wetlands are ecologically valuable habitats that are in equilibrium if sea level rise equals sediment (organic and inorganic) supply. Restoration of diked tidal wetlands is a major thrust of resource agencies, including for the San Francisco Bay and Delta. This project uses models and the wealth of data available in this estuary to determine if mudflats and existing and restored wetlands will be sustainable. We collaborate on a larger project developing scenarios of ecosystem change driven by climate change.