Ambrose Lab

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 (310) 825-6144
The Ambrose lab studies the interactions between humans and natural ecosystems. Much of the research focuses on how humans impact natural ecosystems and how these impacts can be managed to reduce their effect. Our research encompasses many habitat types, including subtidal rocky reefs and coral reefs, rocky intertidal habitats, coastal wetlands, and coastal streams. A major research thrust has been the evaluation of ways to restore degraded habitats, especially wetlands. Current research projects include assessing likely effects of climate change on coastal wetlands, novel techniques to help sustain wetlands in the face of sea level rise (e.g., sediment addition to salt marshes), and the scientific and policy issues related to carbon sequestration in restored coastal wetlands as a way to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. In addition to studying the effects of urbanization on natural ecosystems, the lab is studying how changes in the urban landscape can reduce the impact of cities on the surrounding ecosystems and enhance the ecosystem services they provide. A current major research effort is directed towards understanding how we can improve the way we manage stormwater, changing stormwater from a waste to be disposed of quickly into a resource that can enhance local water supplies, provide important ecosystem services, and increase the ecological value of our urban landscapes.