Publications & Links


Novak A.B., Plaisted H.K., Hughes Z.J., Mittermayr A., Molden E. (2023) Eelgrass (Zostera marina L.) populations are threatened by high sea-surface temperatures and impaired waters on Nantucket Island, USA.  Marine Pollution Bulletin. 197: 11568.

Houttuijn Bloemendaal L.J., FitzGerald D.M., Hughes Z.J., Novak A.B. (2023) Reevaluating the wave power-salt marsh retreat relationship.  Scientific Reports 13 (1), 2884

Lei J., Schaefer R., Colarusso P., Novak A.B., Simpson J.C., Masqué P., Nepf H.  (2023) Spatial heterogeneity in sediment and carbon accretion rates within a seagrass meadow correlated with the hydrodynamic intensity. Science of The Total Environment. 854: 158685, ISSN 0048-9697.

Plaisted H.K., Shields E.C., Novak A.B., Peck C.P., Schenck F., Carr J., Duffy P.A., Evans N.T., Fox S.E., Heck S.M., Hudson R., Mattera T., Moore K.A., Neikirk B., Parrish D.B., Peterson B.J., Short F.T., Tinoco A.I. (2022) Influence of Rising Water Temperature on the Temperate Seagrass Species Eelgrass (Zostera marina L.) in the Northeast USA.
Frontiers Marine Science. 9:920699. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2022.920699.

Gerstenbacher C.M., Finzi A.C., Rotjan R.D., Novak, A.B. (2022) A review of microplastic impacts on seagrasses, epiphytes, and associated sediment communities. Environmental Pollution, 119108.

Cronin-Golomb O., Harringmeyer J.P., Weiser M.W., Zhu X., Ghosh N., Novak A.B., Forbrich I., Fichot C.G. (2022) Modeling benthic solar exposure (UV and visible) in dynamic coastal systems to better inform seagrass habitat suitability. Science of The Total Environment. 812:151481.

Houttuijn Bloemendaal L.J., FitzGerald D.M., Hughes Z.J., Novak A.B., Phippen P. (2021) What controls marsh edge erosion? Geomorphology. 386:107745.

Moore G.E., Burdick D.M., Routhier M.R., Novak A.B., Payne A.R. (2021) Effects of a large-scale, natural sediment deposition event on plant cover in a Massachusetts salt marsh. PLoS One. 16(1) e0245564.

FitzGerald D.M., Hein C., Connell J.E., Hughes Z.J., Georgiou I.Y., Novak A.B. (2021) Largest marsh in New England near a precipice.  Geomorphology. 379 (25): 107625

FitzGerald D.M., Ryerson O., Hughes Z.J., Black S., Georgiou I.Y., Hein C., Novak A.B.  (2020) Long-term Variability in Inorganic Sediment Contributions to the Great Marsh, MassachusettsJournal of Coastal Research. 95 (SI): 490–494. doi:

FitzGerald D.M., Hughes Z.J., Georgiou I.Y., Black S., Novak A.B. (2020) Enhanced, climate‐driven sedimentation on salt marshesGeophysical Research Letters. 47, e2019GL086737.

Novak A.B., Pelletier M.C., Colarusso P., Simpson J., Gutierrez M.N., Aria-Ortiz A., Charpentier M., Masque P., Vella P. (2020) Factors influencing carbon stocks and accumulation rates in eelgrass meadows across New England.  Estuaries and Coasts.

Plaisted H.K., Novak A.B., Weigel S., Klein A.S., Short F.T. (2019) Eelgrass genetic diversity influences resilience to stress associated with eutrophication.  Estuaries and Coasts. 43,1425–1438.

Bendoni M., Georgiou I.Y., Novak, A.B.  (2019) Marsh Edge Erosion. In Fitzgerald, D.M. & Hughes, Z.J. (eds) Salt Marshes. Marshes: Function, Dynamics, and Stresses. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Novak A.B., Hays C., Plaisted H.K., Hughes A.R. (2017) Limited effects of source population identity and number on seagrass transplant performance. PeerJ 5:e2972 

Short F.T., Short C.A., Novak A.B. (2016) Seagrasses. In: Finlayson, C.M., Crawford, P. & Milton, R.. Encyclopedia of Wetlands (IV). Wetlands of the World. NY: Springer.

Novak A.B., Short F.T. (2014) Submerged Aquatic Vegetation: Seagrasses. In: Wang, Y.Q. (ed) Encyclopedia of Natural Resources. NY: Taylor and Francis.

Novak A.B., Short F.T. (2012) Permanent and transient leaf reddening in the seagrass Thalassia testudinum. Bulletin of Marine Science -Miami- 88(2):305-315. DOI:10.5343/bms.2011.1107

Novak A.B., Short F.T. (2011) Leaf reddening in the seagrass Thalassia testudinum in relation to anthocyanins, seagrass physiology and morphology, and plant protection. Marine Biology 158(6):1403-1416. DOI:10.1007/s00227-011-1658-y

Novak A.B., F.T. Short. (2011)  The importance of UV-B light in the induction of leaf reddening and maintenance of photosynthesis in Thalassia testudinum. Experimental Marine Biology 409: 136-142.

Novak A.B., Short F.T. (2010) Leaf reddening in seagrasses. Botanica Marina 53, 93-97. DOI: 10.1515/BOT.2010.011DOI:10.1515/BOT.2010.011

Novak A.B., Hines H., Kwan D., Parr L., Tun M.T., Win H., Short F.T. (2009). Revised ranges of seagrass species in the Myeik Archipelago, Myanmar. Aquatic Botany 91(3):250-252. DOI: 10.1016/j.aquabot.2009.07.002

Novak, A.B. (2004) Effects of Suburban Sprawl on Rhode Island’s Forests: A Landsat View from 1972-1999.   Northeastern Naturalist 01. DOI: 10.1656/1092-6194(2004)011[0067:EOSSOR]2.0.CO;2

Additional Links

Boston University Coastal Lab- Bucoastallab

Great Marsh Partnership Research-  GreatMarshPartnership

Global Seagrass Monitoring Network- Seagrass Net (2010)

Women Working for Oceans- W2O

New England Aquarium- live blue Ambassadors

National Wildlife Federation- The Great Marsh: Nature’s Flood Insurance By Doug Stewart (2015)

Exploring our ecological world through art- Nedret Andre’s Blog By Nedret Andre

Initiatives to develop a consumer market for the invasive green crab- Green Crab R&D Project led by Roger Warner