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The Deal Island Marsh & Community Project 

CRP Supporting Research:


As part of the Collaborative Research Projects, members of the Deal Island Marsh and Community Project stakeholder network conducted complementary research to guide the CRP activities. These included an ethnographic study on stakeholder perceptions of resilience and vulnerability, economic evaluations of socio-ecological services, and research on marsh restoration. Read more about these research efforts below and through the left-hand menu options. 

  • An Ethnography of Resilience to Climate Change (Katherine Johnson, University of Maryland PhD Dissertation)

Using anthropological methods, this research identified the range of stakeholder views on vulnerabilities and resiliencies of the Deal Island Peninsula. This research helped identify common ground among the diverse stakeholders involved in the project, and opportunities and challenges for collaboration. A link to the dissertation is available on the left menu. Also see project publications for additional publications about this research. ​

  • Economics Evaluation of Socio-ecological Services (Dr. Lisa Wainger, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science): 

This research was conducted to identify how different stakeholders value and prioritize socio-ecological services. This research also sought to advance methods to measure socio-ecological services in decision-making and economic valuations. Study findings have been published. Visit the link on left to access the article.   

  • Understanding the Benefits of Restoring Ditch-Drained Marshes for Marsh Resilience (Dr. Brian Needelman, UMD)

This research examined various indicators of marsh health, including elevation change, mosquitoes and nekton, soils, hydrodynamics, and methane emissions as part of broader interests in restoring ditch-drained marshes in the Deal Island Peninsula area. Explore the links on the left menu to learn more about the research findings. 

Project stakeholders participate in a field trip to area marshes.

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