Anna’s research program focuses on the formation, persistence and degradation of coastal ecosystems. She uses a variety of approaches to understand these complex socio-environmental systems, including geospatial data analysis and collection of empirical field data. Linking ecological, geomorphic and demographic data, her interdisciplinary research seeks to understand coastal ecosystems within a macroscale ecology framework.
Her current research topics include: understanding legacy effects of humans on coastal marsh geomorphology and biogeochemistry, historical development of coastal towns and communities, the effects of disturbance on coastal marshes, and coastal vulnerability to sea level rise. She is interested in working with stakeholders and managers to create tools and produce knowledge to better manage and understand coastal watersheds and ecosystems.