Authors in bold are students and post-docs advised by Piehler – publications are from the last 5 years. Please email piehler(at) for reprints.  More publication information is available here.

Onorevole, K, S Thompson and M Piehler.  Living shorelines enhance nitrogen removal capacity over time.  Ecological Engineering, in press.

Dodd LF, JC Caracappa, SR Fegley, JH. Grabowski and MF Piehler. 2018 Threat of predation does not affect Crassostrea virginica filtration. Estuaries and Coasts, 41 (1), 293-298.

Crosswell, JR, IC Anderson, JW. Stanhope, B Van Dam, MJ Brush, SH Ensign, MF Piehler, B McKee, M Bost, and HW Paerl. 2017. Carbon budget of a shallow, lagoonal estuary: transformations and source-sink dynamics along the river-estuary-ocean continuum. Limnology and Oceanography 62 (S1) 29-45.

Arfken, A, B Song, J Bowman and M Piehler. 2017. Denitrification potential of the eastern oyster microbiome using a 16S rRNA gene based metabolic inference approach. PLoS One, 12 (9), e0185071

Velinsky, DJ, B Paudel, T Quirk, M Piehler, A Smyth. 2017. Salt marsh denitrification provides a significant nitrogen sink in Barnegat Bay, New Jersey. Journal of Coastal Research 78:70-78

Fodrie, J, A. Rodriguez, R Gittman, J Grabowski, N Lindquist, C Peterson, M Piehler, J Ridge. 2017.  Oyster reefs as carbon sources and sinks.  Proceedings of the Royal Society B 284: 20170891.

Gold, AC, SP Thompson and MF Piehler. 2017. Water quality before and after watershed-scale implementation of stormwater wet ponds in the coastal plain.  Ecological Engineering, 105:240-251.

Gold AC, Thompson SP, Piehler MF. 2017.  Coastal stormwater wet pond sediment nitrogen dynamics. Science of The Total Environment 609:672-81.

Kimbro, DL, JH Grabowski, AR Hughes, MF Piehler, and JW White. 2017. Nonconsumptive effects of a predator weaken then rebound over time.  Ecology 98: 656-667.

Hughes, AR, TC Hanley, JE Byers, JH Grabowski, JC Malek, MF Piehler, DL Kimbro. 2017.  Genetic by environmental variation but no local adaptation in juvenile oysters (Crassostrea virginica) in the Southeastern U.S.  Ecology and Evolution 7: 697–709.

Gehman, A. JH Grabowski, AR Hughes, DL Kimbro, MF. Piehler, and JE Byers. 2017. Predators, environment and host characteristics influence the probability of infection by an invasive castrating parasite, Oecologia 183: 139–149.

Ensign, SH, CA Currin, MF Piehler, C Tobias. 2017.  A method for using shoreline morphology to predict suspended sediment concentration in tidal creeks. Geomorphology 276: 280-288.

Leech, DM, SH Ensign, and MF Piehler.  2016.  Spatio-temporal patterns in the export of dissolved organic carbon and chromophoric dissolved organic matter from a coastal, blackwater river. Aquatic Sciences 78: 823–836.

Smyth, AR, NR Geraldi, SP Thompson, and MF Piehler.  2016. Biological activity exceeds biogenic structure in influencing sediment nitrogen cycling in experimental oyster reefs. Marine Ecology Progress Series 560:173-183.

Gittman, RK, CH. Peterson, C Currin, FJ Fodrie, MF Piehler, and JF Bruno. 2016.   Living shorelines can enhance the nursery role of threatened estuarine habitats. Ecological Applications 26 (1), 249-263.

Dodd, LF, JH Grabowski, M.F. Piehler, I Westfield, JB Ries. 2015.  Ocean acidification impairs crab foraging behavior. Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

Baggett, LP, SP Powers, R Brumbaugh, L Coen, B DeAngelis, J Greene, B Hancock, S Morlock, B Allen, Denise B, D Bushek, J Grabowski, R Grizzle, T Grosholz, M La Peyre, M Luckenbach, K McGraw, M Piehler, S Westby, P zu Ermgassen. 2015. Setting guidelines for monitoring and evaluating the performance of oyster habitat restoration projects. Restoration Ecology 23: 737-745.

Smyth, AR, MF Piehler, and JH Grabowski. 2015.  Habitat context influences nitrogen removal by restored oyster reefs.  Journal of Applied Ecology 52 (3): 716-725.

Byers, JE, JH.Grabowski, MF Piehler, AR Hughes, HW. Weiskel, JC Malek, DL Kimbro.  2015. Geographic variation in intertidal oyster reef properties and the influence of tidal prism.   Limnology and Oceanography 60:1051–1063.

Gittman, RK, FJ Fodrie, AM Popowich, DA Keller, JF Bruno, CA. Currin, CH Peterson and MF Piehler. 2015.  Engineering away our natural defenses: An analysis of shoreline hardening in the United States. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 13:301-307.

O’Meara,TA, SP Thompson, MF Piehler. 2015.  Effects of shoreline hardening on nitrogen processing in estuarine marshes of the U.S. mid-Atlantic coast.  Wetlands Ecology and Management 23:385–394.

Brodeur, MC, MF Piehler, and FJ Fodrie. 2015.  Consumers mitigate effects of heat stress and nutrient enrichment on eelgrass (Zostera marina L.) at its southern range limit. Marine Ecology Progress Series 525 53-64.

Kellogg, LM AR Smyth, MW Luckenbach, RH Carmichael, BL Brown, JC Cornwell, MF Piehler, MS. Owens, DJ Dalrymple and CB Higgins.  2014. Use of oysters to mitigate eutrophication in coastal waters.  Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science 151: 156-168.

Kimbro, DL, JE Byers, JH Grabowski, AR Hughes, and MF Piehler. 2014 The biogeography of trophic cascades on U.S. oyster reefs.  Ecological Letters 17:845–854.

Ensign, SH, DM Leech and MF Piehler. 2014.  Effects of nutrients and zooplankton on an estuary’s phytoplankton: Inferences from a synthesis of 30 years of data. Ecosphere, 5:art89.

Von Korff, BH, MF Piehler and SH Ensign. 2014 Comparison of denitrification between river channels and their adjoining tidal freshwater wetlands.  Wetlands, 34: 1047-1060.

Geraldi, NR, AR Smyth, MF Piehler, and CH Peterson. 2014. Artificial substrates enhance non-native macroalga and N2 production.  Biological Invasions, 16: 1819-1831.

Anderson, IC MJ Brush, MF Piehler, CA Currin, JW Stanhope, AR Smyth, JD Maxey and ML Whitehead. 2014.  Impacts of climate related drivers on the benthic nutrient filter in a shallow photic estuary. Estuaries and Coasts, 37:46-62.

Byers, JE, TL Rogers, JH Grabowski, AR Hughes, MF Piehler and DL Kimbro.  2014. Host and parasite recruitment correlated at a regional scale.  Oecologia 174:731–738

Hughes, AR, AFP Moore and MF Piehler. 2014. Independent and interactive effects of two associated facilitators on their habitat-providing host plant, Spartina alterniflora. Oikos, 123:488-499

Smyth, AR, NR. Geraldi, MF. Piehler. 2013.  Oyster Mediated Benthic-Pelagic Coupling Modifies Nitrogen Pools and Processes.  Marine Ecology Progress Series 493:23-30.

Gonzalez, DJ, AR Smyth, MF Piehler, KJ McGlathery. 2013. Mats of the non-native macroalga, Gracilaria vermiculophylla, alter denitrification rates and nutrient fluxes on intertidal mudflats. Limnology and Oceanography 58(6):2101-2108.

Ensign, SH, MW Doyle and MF Piehler. 2013. The effect of tide on the hydrology and morphology of a freshwater river. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 38(6):655-660.

Elsey-Quirk,T A. Smyth, M. Piehler, J. Mead, and D. Velinsky. 2013. The exchange of nitrogen through an urban tidal freshwater wetland in Philadelphia, PA USA. Journal of Environmental Quality 42: 584-595.

Ensign, S, K Siporin, M Piehler, M Doyle, and L Leonard. 2013.  Hydrologic versus biogeochemical controls of denitrification in tidal freshwater wetlands. Estuaries and Coasts 36: 519-532.

Higgins, C.B., C.R. Tobias, M.F. Piehler, A.R. Smyth, R. Dame, K. Stephenson, B.B. Brown. 2013.  Impact of aquacultured oyster biodeposition on sediment N2 production in Chesapeake Bay.  Marine Ecology Progress Series 473:7-27.

Smyth, A.R., S. P. Thompson, K.N. Siporin, W. S. Gardner, M.J. McCarthy, M. F. Piehler. 2013. Assessing nitrogen dynamics throughout the estuarine landscape. Estuaries and Coasts 36:44-55.