Wetlands Ecology Lab


John Rybczyk

    Associate Professor

    Graduate Program Chairman

    Department of Environmental Science

    Huxley College

    Western Washington University

    Bellingham, WA  98225



It is interesting to contemplate a tangled bank, clothed with many plants of many kinds, with birds singing on the bushes, with various insects flitting about, and with worms crawling through the damp earth, and to reflect that these elaborately constructed forms, so different from each other, and dependent upon each other in so complex a manner, have all been produced by laws acting around us.

              Chuck D. 1859

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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.