Lori A. Sutter

Ph.D. Candidate

Email: [[lsutter]]
Phone: (804) 684-7477
Office: Andrews Hall, 105
Department: Biological Sciences
Advisor: [[jperry,James E. Perry, III]]

Master of Environmental Management (Wetland Ecology) 1992 / Duke University, School of the Environment, Durham, NC
Bachelor of Science (Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences) 1990 / Texas A&M University, College Station, TX (GPA 4.0 of 4.0)
Associate of Arts (Zoology) 1987 / Kilgore College, Kilgore, TX (GPA 4.0 of 4.0)
United States Coast Guard, US Coast Guard Academy, New London, CT
Research Interests

I am broadly interested in the effects of climate change and other stressors on wetland plant ecology.

Research Experience

Ph.D. dissertation research, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Gloucester Point, VA

  • Effects of sea level rise on tidal marsh ecology, 2009-present
  • Co-advisors: James E. Perry, III &  Randy Chambers
  • Committee members:  J. Emmett Duffy, Carl Hobbs and Scott Neubauer

Comparison of faunal use in healthy salt marshes versus dieback areas, VIMS Eastern Shore Laboratory, Wachapreague, VA

  • NOAA Hollings Scholar Program, 2012
  • Co-PIs: Richard Brill, James E. Perry, III and Mark Luckenbach

Effects of salinity intrusion on tidal freshwater carbon exchange, Brookgreen Gardens, SC

  • 2011
  • PI: Scott Neubauer

Lab Group Research, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Gloucester Point, VA

  • Assessment of woody vegetation for replacement of ecological function in created forested wetlandsof the piedmont province of Virginia, 2009-2012
  • PI: James E. Perry, III

Strategic Planning Group, North Carolina Division of Coastal Management, Raleigh, NC

  • Adapting the Hydrogeomorphic Method using Landscape Geospatial Modeling, 1992-1998
  • Co-PIs: James Wuenscher, Mark Brinson & Lori Sutter

M.S. Thesis Research,  Duke University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

  • Effects of Nutrient Loadings and Hydroperiod Alterations on Control of Cattail Expansion, Community Structure and Nutrient Retention in the Water Conservation Areas of South Florida, 1990-1992
  • PI: Curtis Richardson


Sutter. L.A., J.E. Perry, III and R.M. Chambers. In prep. The Effect of Varying Salinity Treatments on Three Dominant Perennials in a Transitioning Marsh. 
Sutter. L.A., Perry, J.E., III and R.C. Gardner. In review. Science and Policy of Wetlands. Stanford Journal of Law, Science and Policy
Sutter, L.A. and J.E. Perry, III. Tidal Marshes of the York River, Chesapeake Bay. In press. G. Carleton Ray and Jerry McCormick-Ray. Marine Conservation: Science and Policy, 2nd edition. Wiley-Blackwell, Hoboken, New Jersey.

Recent Awards
Science To Achieve Results fellowship (2011-2014), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ($142,000)

Student Mini-Grant (2011), Virginia Institute of Marine Science ($500)
Student Research Grant (2011), Virginia Institute of Marine Science ($1750)
Coastal Wetlands Scholarship Award (2011), Garden Club of America ($5000)
Field Research Grant (2010), Explorer’s Club of Greater Washington ($2500)
VIMS Fellowship and Holland award (2009-2012), Virginia Institute of Marine Science (Three years of tuition and stipend + ~$4000)


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