Michael Nassry is an Ecological Engineer with Riparia in the Department of Geography at Penn State’s University Park campus. His teaching and research focus with Riparia centers on wetland hydrology and the impacts of climate change and land management choices on wetland systems and the ecosystems services they provide. Prior to joining Riparia, Nassry earned a B.S. and M.S. from Penn State’s Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, worked as a consultant conducting ecological and human health based risk assessments, and researched meltwater supported streams in southeast Alaska while earning a Ph.D. from Virginia Tech.
Now back in beautiful Happy Valley, he’s part of a research team that focuses on science to inform policy and practice in wetland ecology, landscape hydrology, and watershed management. His current research projects include:
Integrating wetland ecological condition assessment methods and the Riparia Reference Wetland Database into the Penn State Center for Nutrient Solutions, riparian buffers with the USDA Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP), and the Natural Resource Inventory (NRI) functional assessment of isolated depression wetlands on the coastal plain.
Assessing wetland vulnerability to climate change in the Mid-Atlantic region, including developing a vulnerability assessment framework and expanding case studies for both inland freshwater wetlands and coastal wetlands subject to sea level rise.
Characterizing the hydrology and carbon storage potential of glacier and snowfield meltwater supported wetland systems and exploring the impact of climate change on the ecosystem services these wetlands provide in the Peruvian Andes and Southeast Alaska.
Developing content for immersive wetland applications that can provide virtual, augmented, or mixed reality (xR) experiences centered on wetland resources and geared toward wetland science education and better informing land management decisions.