BWM: Phase 2-Expanding Blue Carbon Implementation

Project Team Leadership

OmarDr. Omar I. Abdul-Aziz is an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at Florida International University. He is the modeling investigator for the BWM project. His expertise combines mechanistic and empirical modeling in a wide spectrum of earth and environmental sciences and engineering.

SSimpson_headshotStephanie Simpson manages RAE’s Blue Carbon Program, where she works with local and national partners to increase recognition of tidal ecosystems for the role they have in climate adapatation and mitigation.



Dr. Kevin Kroeger is a scientist at the U.S. Geological Survey in Woods Hole, and an applied science investigator for the Carbon Management in Coastal Wetlands Project. He has studied coastal ecosystems for 15 years, with a specialization in influxes and biogeochemistry of nitrogen in groundwater discharge to estuaries. He conducts field research on lateral carbon fluxes in wetlands for the BWM Project. He can be reached at:

serenaDr. Serena Moseman-Valtierra is a scientist at the University of Rhode Island.  She specializes in salt marsh ecology and biogeochemistry and work to discern ways that human impacts (such as nutrient loading, sedimentation, and biological invasion) have altered nitrogen cycling in coastal wetlands. She conducts field research on plant proxies for carbon storage on the BWM project.

TonnaMarie_headshotTonna-Marie Rogers is the Project and Collaboration Lead for the BWM Project and the Coastal Training Program Coordinator at Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. She leads activities to ensure that potential end-users of the science are linked with the scientists and are in engaged in a Collaborative Learning process.


Dr. Jianwu (Jim) Tang is a scientist at the Ecosystems Center at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole, and an applied science investigator for this project. His research focus is the impact of climate change on ecosystem processes and functions, and the feedback of terrestrial ecosystems to climate change. He conducts research on the lateral fluxes of carbon storage in wetlands on the BWM Project.

TomTom Walker is a natural resource economist. He recently directed the Manomet Center for Conservation Science’s biomass energy carbon study and is currently assisting with the natural resource damage assessment for the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. He is leading an economic analysis of carbon market benefits for the BWM project.

BWM Project Team and Partners

BWM Phase 2-Project Team

BWM: Phase 2 Project Team members met at WBNERR in February 2016


The BWM Project benefits from many project partners and collaborators, including:
Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
National Estuarine Research Reserve Association (NERRA)
Cape Cod National Seashore
Friends of Herring River
Marine Biological Laboratory
U.S. Geological Survey
University of Rhode Island
West Virginia University

Project Partners & Funders

This project is supported by the National Estuarine Research Reserve System Science Collaborative, a partnership of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the University of Michigan. Projects sponsored by this program bring intended users of science into the research process so that their perspectives can inform problem definition, research implementation, and ultimately, the practical application of research results to help manage coastal environments, protect human health and property, and support coastal economies. For more information, visit

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