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Linda K. Blum

Associate Professor
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of Environmental Sciences
Office location and address
Clark Hall 247
291 McCormick Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904
Education
PH.D. Cornell University 1980
Biography

I am broadly interested in understanding how coastal wetlands respond to sea level rise. Current research focuses on:

1. Plant community composition and soil genesis as salt marshes move overland into upland ecosystems as sea level rises.

2. The contribution of plant roots to marsh surface elevation change and soil organic matter content.

3. Quantification of soil component content including living roots, peat, air, water, sand, and rock and shell through the use of Computer-aided X-ray Tomography (CAT-scans).

AS-ENVS Old field soil responses to the establishment of salt marsh mallow (Kosteletzkya pentacarpos) and switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) populations
Source: William & Mary Virginia Institute of Marine Scienc
June 01, 2017 – May 31, 2019
EVSC 1020: Practical Concepts in Environmental Sciences
Credits: 1
Practical concepts and problem solving in environmental sciences through demonstrations, hands-on activities, structured discussions, and problem sets beyond those of traditional lectures or discussion groups. Emphasizes experience and critical thinking in the four core areas: geology, hydrology, atmospheric sciences, and ecology.
EVSC 4110: Estuarine Ecology
Credits: 3
An interdisciplinary course covering the physical, biogeochemical and ecological aspects of coastal estuaries. Prerequisites: EVSC 3200 with a D-
EVSC 4240: Restoration Ecology
Credits: 3
This course examines the science of restoration ecology and the practice of ecological restoration through lectures and in-class discussion. Emphasis is on application of ecological concepts, models, and methodologies to restoration of degraded and impaired ecosystems. The potential for exploiting restoration projects as large-scale ecosystem experiments and the importance of grounding restoration efforts in basic ecological theory are discussed. Prerequisite: EVSC 3200 or equivalent.
EVSC 4993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–6
Specialized topics in ecology, atmosphere, hydrology, environmental geology, or environmental systems not normally covered in formal classes under the direction of the faculty. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
EVSC 4995: Supervised Research
Credits: 1–6
Original research usually involving a field or laboratory problem in the environmental sciences under the direction of one or more faculty members. The results may form the basis of an undergraduate thesis which is required to partially fulfill the Distinguished Majors Program in environmental sciences. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
EVEC 5559: New Course in Ecology
Credits: 1–4
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new course in the subject of ecology.
EVEC 7110: Estuarine Ecology
Credits: 3
An interdisciplinary course covering the physical, biogeochemical and ecological aspects of coastal estuaries. This class is a companion course to EVSC 4110. Prerequisite: EVSC 3200
EVEC 7999: Independent Study: Ecology
Credits: 1–6
Individual or group study in developing or special areas of ecology and interrelated areas.
EVSC 8998: Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Research
Credits: 1–12
For master's research, taken under the supervision of a thesis director.
EVSC 8999: Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For master's thesis, taken under the supervision of a thesis director.
EVSC 9995: Research Problems
Credits: 1–12
Individual or group research on interdisciplinary problems in environmental sciences.
EVSC 9998: Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Doctoral Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral research, taken before a dissertation director has been selected.
EVSC 9999: Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral research, taken under the supervision of a dissertation director.