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Niels Lindquist



Niels L. Lindquist
Phone: 252.726.6841 ext 136
Fax: 252.726.2426
156 Coker Hall
3431 Arendell St
Morehead City, NC 28557

A major focus of the Lindquist group since 2010 has been research to better understand physical and biology factors controlling the distribution, health and resilience of oyster-based habitats in North Carolina’s highly diverse estuarine environments. Much of this research is done in collaboration with other IMS research groups and often commercial fishermen. We seek to use fundamental knowledge of oyster biology and ecology to devise and implement novel strategies to help restore degraded oyster habitats, enhance oyster fisheries and create new oyster habitat that protects and increases the physical, economic and cultural resilience of coastal communities.

In the field of Oyster Ecosystem Ecology top research priorities include:

  • impacts of carbonate eroding sponges, generally called boring sponges, on oysters and oyster reefs
  • salinity regime controls on oysters and oyster predators, competitors and parasites
  • historical oyster ecology and how environmental factors controlling oyster distributions and abundance have changed over time and identifying drivers of the changes
  • oyster restoration ecology
  • commercializing new technologies for growing oysters for aquaculture, restoration and shoreline protection.

His work is supported by grants from NOAA, North Carolina Sea Grant, the N.C. Biotechnology Center and Coastal Plantations International, Inc.

Please note that although he is based at IMS, Dr. Lindquist is a member of the Department of Marine Sciences and regularly teaches a course on main campus each spring.

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