Brett Branco

Our lab studies drivers and impacts of water quality in freshwater and marine systems that are highly impacted by urbanization. Our study sites range from shallow urban lakes in New York City parks to the ecologically significant Jamaica Bay estuary. To understand the interactions between biological, physical and chemical processes we employ a variety of methods ranging from field observations to laboratory studies to modeling. Topics of interest include factors reinforcing dominance of different primary producers in phosphorus rich shallow lakes; impacts of nitrogen loading and physical characteristics on water quality and ecosystem structure in Jamaica Bay; and sources and fate of microplastics in marine waters.