Beth is a research ecologist with the Wetland and Aquatic Research Center, U.S. Geological Survey in Lafayette, Louisiana. Her research interest is on how wetland function changes across large geographical areas. She works with managers to find solutions to conservation problems, particularly those that involve the entire river system. She is interested in the potential of freshwater remediation to remedy tidal swamps stressed by salinity intrusion. She is president of the Society of Wetland Scientists, a Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer, and a Fellow of the National Conservation Leadership Institute. She is a gardener.
By Beth A. Middleton, Paul A. Montagna, Solutions Journal
Coastal re-engineering and freshwater extraction have reduced water flow into the estuaries of the world. Because of these activities, stressed coastal vegetation is especially vulnerable to die-off during droughts, contributing to a loss of human services related to storm protection, fisheries and water quality.