Susan Carstenn PH.D.

College of Natural and Computational Sciences - Department of Natural Science

Associate Professor of Environmental Science



  • 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

Courses Taught:

  • ENVS 2001 Introduction to Environmental Science Lab
  • ENVS 3003 Applications of Environmental Science Lab
  • ENVS 3010 Environmental Impact Assessment
  • GEOG 4700 Geographic Information Systems
  • NSCI 6112 Graduate Seminar I
  • NSCI 6900 Master's Research

Professional Interests:

Ecological Restoration; Constructed Wetlands; Systems Ecology; Environmental Assessment

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?


Susan Carstenn

Associate Professor

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