Dr. Paul Montagna is the Endowed Chair for Ecosystem Studies and Modeling at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. He is a marine ecologist whose research focuses on coastal management, benthic processes, ecoinformatics, ecosystem modeling, environmental flows, and integrating natural science and socioeconomics. His research is related broadly to the question of: “what flow regime is necessary to maintain ecological health of estuaries?”
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.