Dr. Denise Breitburg
Senior Scientist, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
Denise Breitburg heads the Marine and Estuarine Ecology Lab at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. Her lab studies the ways that individual animals, communities and ecosystems respond to the complexity of natural systems and to the ways that human activities have altered our natural environment. She is are particularly interested in how responses of individual organisms – fish, jellyfish and oysters- and variation among species shape the patterns we see over large spatial scales and in complex biological assemblages. Recent conservation research has examined effects of low oxygen, acidification and shoreline hardening on Chesapeake Bay and other coastal systems. Denise has served on the governing boards of the Association for Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography and the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation, and is currently co-chair of the UNESCO-Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Global Ocean Oxygen Network.