Profiles

Susan Carstenn, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Environmental Science

Office: Hawaii Loa Campus, AC 215
Phone: (808) 236-5855
Email: scarstenn@hpu.edu

Courses:

ENVS 2001 Introduction to Environmental Science Lab
ENVS 3003 Applications of Environmental Science Lab
ENVS 3010 Environmental Impact Assessment
GEOG 4700 Geographic Information Systems

Education:

Ph.D. Systems Ecology, Department of Environmental Engineering Sciences, University of Florida, 2000
M.Ed., Science Education, University of Florida, 1995
BS, Education, University of Florida, 1980

Awards:

Professional Interests:

Ecological Restoration; Constructed Wetlands; Systems Ecology; Environmental Assessment

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Teaching Interests/Research:

Dr. Carstenn is interested in finding better ways interface humanity and the environment with particular emphasis on wetland and coastal ecosystem processes.

Several questions drive the direction of Dr. Carstenn’s research.

1. How do ecological processes control fluxes of carbon, particulates, and contaminants from watersheds to the nearshore coastal environment? Can constructed wetlands ameliorate human influences on these processes?

2. To what extent do biogeochemical processes in a watershed impact the diversity and health of coastal ecosystems, and vice versa? Are there biogeochemical processes that serve as indicators of ecosystem health?

3. How does the legacy of human impact influence processes at the watershed scale that affect both the sustainability and transience of the wetland ecosystems and the coastal zone? Are there landscape-scale indicators of human influence on ecosystems such that conservation and restoration efforts can be assessed?