Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Reseach Reserve
To track estuarine health at Elkhorn Slough, Kerstin oversees the Reserve's long-term monitoring programs. She also conducts short-term estuarine conservation research. The goal of her research is to characterize and prioritize among anthropogenic threats to estuarine ecosystems, and to develop and test restoration strategies that decrease these threats (for more detail see http://bio.research.ucsc.edu/people/wasson/People/Kerstin/wasson_current.htm). Current projects focus on plant invasions at the salt marsh-upland ecotone and native oyster restoration. Kerstin also encourages and facilitates research by students and other researchers at Elkhorn Slough, directing attention to key conservation priorities. She synthesizes the results of relevant studies at Elkhorn Slough and other estuarine ecosystems and uses them to inform coastal management. Kerstin received her doctorate from UC Santa Cruz in 1996 and taught at University of Washington and Humboldt State University before coming to work at the Reserve in 2000, but she has been getting stuck in the Slough's mudflats, in search of invertebrates, since 1990.