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Mission

The Wetland Ecosystem Team (WET) is a unit of research faculty, staff and students at the School of Aquatic & Fishery Sciences at the University of Washington who conduct basic and applied research on coastal wetland ecology. Our mission is to advance scientific knowledge of shallow-water and estuarine coastal wetland ecosystems to better understand natural and anthropogenic sources of their variability and change. We provide the research infrastructure to support graduate students in order for them to contribute to this mission and to advance and collaboratively disseminate this knowledge.

WET research is inherently interdisciplinary, befitting the complex physical (e.g., hydrology, geomorphology), chemical (geochemistry) and biological (microbial, meiofauna and macrofauna ecology) interactions that influence the ecosystem goods and services we derive from estuarine and coastal wetlands. Much of our research is focused on fish (especially anadromous species, such as juvenile Pacific salmon, genus Oncorhynchus) and wildlife associations with wetlands. Thus, by definition, we are primarily field ecologists and most of our studies involve in situ investigations and experiments with organisms and communities in their natural environment, such as marshes, swamps, beaches, mudflats and seagrass meadows. However, in recognizing that coastal wetlands are dynamic ecosystems and influenced by diverse abiotic and biotic processes at a variety of scales, we advocate team research involving colleagues who bring a variety of physiochemical and other environmental sciences to complement our ecological perspectives.

 

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