Dr. Markus Huettel
Ph.,D., University of Kiel, 1988
Phone: (850) 645-1394
Ecology of coastal and shelf environments with emphasis on processes in the sediments and at the sediment-water interface.
Research in the Huettel lab group focuses on the ecology of coastal and shelf environments with emphasis on processes in the sediments and at the sediment-water interface. In the past years, we have investigated sediment-water exchange processes in the Northern Gulf of Mexico and the consequences of these fluxes for the biological, chemical and physical processes in the seafloor and the overlying water column.
We are interested in shelf environments because they are responsible for approximately one-third of the total oceanic primary production emphasizing their role in the oceanic and global cycles of matter. Input from land and atmosphere leads to peak concentrations of organic carbon, nutrient and contaminants in the coastal zone. Dilution and dispersal of these substances in the shallow nearshore environment is relatively slow resulting in high primary production rates and dense fish populations, but also pollutant build-up and decreased oxygen concentrations at the sea floor.