Institute at Brown for Environment and SocietyIBES

Emily Joyce

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Emily is interested in the relationship between atmospheric deposition and nitrogen biogeochemistry in urban, coastal environments. The goal of her research is to identify atmospheric deposition impacts on Narragansett Bay by characterizing the isotopic composition of local nitrogen sources. Narragansett Bay extends a gradient of sources (including: the city of Providence, industrial plants, golf courses, wastewater treatment plants, and a major airport); as a result, the bay is impacted immensely by urban deposition, resulting in poor water quality. Emily seeks to: 1) quantify how much nitrogen is entering the bay through atmospheric deposition and in what form, and 2) use isotopic signatures to trace sources to understand the biogeochemical impacts on local ecosystems.

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