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Patrick Biber

Dr. Patrick Biber

Associate Professor

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  • PHD - University of Miami (2002)


COA 502/402 , Coastal Processes II (3 cr), fall, GP

COA 536/436, Coastal and Marine Botany (3 cr) – spring, GP (even years only)


COA 602 , Coastal Processes II (3 cr), with Dr. Rakocinski – fall, GCRL

COA 608, Coastal Water Quality (3 cr), with Dr. Dillon - fall, GCRL

COA 636, Coastal and Marine Botany (3 cr) – spring, even years

COA 690/790, Marine Botany Techniques (3 cr) – spring, odd years

COA 692/792, Advanced Coastal and Marine Botany (3 cr) – fall, on demand

  • Assessing Vegetation, Nutrient Content and Soil Dynamics Along a Coastal Elevation Gradient in a Mississippi Estuary, Estuaries and Coasts, 2021,
  • Historical Change Of Seagrasses In The Mississippi And Chandeleur Sounds, Advances in Environment Research, 2020
  • Socio-ecological Mobility: A Research Strategy for a New Coastline, COASTAL MANAGEMENT, 2019, 10.1080/08920753.2019.1669103
  • Rhizosphere Microbial Communities of Spartina alterniflora and Juncus roemerianus From Restored and Natural Tidal Marshes on Deer Island, Mississippi, FRONTIERS IN MICROBIOLOGY, 2018, 10.3389/fmicb.2018.03049
    The goal for created or restored marsh sites through the BU program is to restore the ecological function and ecosystem services lost because of erosion and subsidence of natural marshes, which is heavily dominated by J. roemerianus. In order to determine the trajectory of the various ongoing and planned BU sites, it is important to have both better monitoring protocols as well as a more thorough science-based understanding that will help to monitor and evaluate the ecological status of these constructed sites over time.
    As a result of on-going shoreline development and recreational use along Mississippi’s coastal wetlands, valuable marshland is being impacted as attempts are made to access open water from land. Numerous man-made piers that extend across tidal marshes from small residential properties, although designed for minimum stress on marsh habitats, may still have a considerable cumulative effect on overall salt marsh productivity by blocking light from reaching marsh grass beneath them. Shading caused by physical aspects of piers, including width, height above the grass, degree of separation between boards, and orientation with respect to angle of the sun, may contribute to diminishing the productivity of affected marsh grass.
  • Society Ecological Restoration
  • English (Native or Bilingual)
  • German (Native or Bilingual)

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Areas of Expertise

marine ecology, coastal botany, water quality, remote sensing, aquaponics, stats