John Rybczyk



I’m an applied ecologist and use an integrated field and modeling approach to study the effects of climate change, in general, and rising sea-levels specifically, on coastal systems. I’m especially interested in modeling the non-linear feedbacks that allow coastal wetlands to maintain a dynamic equilibrium with sea-level. I use those models to predict the resiliency of estuarine systems to rising water levels and to guide the course of restoration and mitigation efforts.  This work has led to our recent efforts to quantify rates of carbon sequestration and calculate carbon budgets for coastal wetlands in the Pacific Northwest. 


PhD Oceanography, Louisiana State University; MS Ecosystem Biology, Eastern Michigan University; BS Wildlife Biology, Michigan State University

Teaching Schedule


ESCI 440/540: TR 1:00-2:20; R 2:30-5:50