David Burdick, Ph.D.

David Burdick, Ph.D.

Research Associate Professor


We are wrapping up several projects associated with marsh health and monitoring funded through CICEET including studies of changes in marsh elevation and responses to dredging (subcontracts) and one study that developed a biodegradable baffle to protect created marshes. Ray Grizzle, Larry Ward and I will soon complete the last funded portion of a community-based restoration project in a degraded urban basin: South Mill Pond. Ray Konisky and I are also finishing up work on a process-level marsh restoration model that predicts the types of habitat resulting from tidal restoration to allow resource managers to explore different restoration options for marshes impacted by tidal restrictions. Two new projects to examine responses to salt marsh restoration, Awcomin Marsh and Browns River Marsh were begun and these data will tie into the G-PAC marsh-monitoring program at the Wells NERR in Maine. In addition, we have begun a volunteer planting program to facilitate revegetation of restored sites where most of the vegetation has been destroyed. Two new student-driven efforts were funded by the NERR System: one to examine the impacts of seawalls on plant communities and another to examine impacts of culverts to fish populations.


  • 1988 Ph.D. (Marine Sciences), Louisiana State University
  • 1977 B.S. (Chemistry), cum laude, Hobart College

Teaching Responsibilities

  • NR 504: Freshwater Resources
  • NR 711/811: Wetland Resource Management
  • NR 719/819: Wetlands Restoration and Mitigation

Selected Publications

Burdick, D.M. and I.A. Mendelssohn. 1987. Waterlogging responses in dune, swale and marsh populations of Spartina patens under field conditions. Oecologia 74:321-329.

Burdick, D.M. 1989. Root aerenchyma development in Spartina patens in response to flooding. American Journal of Botany 76:777-780.

Burdick, D.M., D. Cushman, R. Hamilton, and J.G. Gosselink. 1989. Faunal changes due to bottomland hardwood forest loss in the Tensas watershed, Louisiana. Conservation Biology 3:282-292.

Gosselink, J.G., G.P. Shaffer, L.C. Lee, D.M. Burdick, et al. 1990. Landscape conservation in a forested watershed: Can we manage cumulative impacts? Bioscience 40:588-600.

Burdick, D.M. and I.A. Mendelssohn. 1990. Relationship between anatomic and metabolic responses to soil waterlogging in the coastal grass Spartina patens. Journal of Experimental Botany 41:223-228.

Burdick, D.M., F.T. Short, and J. Wolf. 1993. An index to assess and monitor the progression of wasting disease in eelgrass Zostera marina. Marine Ecology Progress Series 94:83-90.

Hester, M.W., K.L. McKee, D.M. Burdick, M.S. Koch, K.S. Flynn, S. Patterson, and I.A. Mendelssohn. 1994. Clonal integration in Spartina patens across a nitrogen and salinity gradient. Canadian Journal of Botany 72:767-770.

Short, F.T., D.M. Burdick, and J.E. Kaldy, III. 1995. Mesocosm experiments quantify the effects of coastal eutrophication on eelgrass, Zostera marina L. Limnology and Oceanography 40:740-749.

Burdick, D.M., M. Dionne, R.M. Boumans and F.T. Short. 1997. Ecological responses to tidal restorations of two northern New England salt marshes. Wetland Ecology and Management 4:129-144.

Dionne, M., F.T. Short and D.M. Burdick. 1999. Fish utilization of restored, created, and reference salt-marsh habitat in the Gulf of Maine. American Fisheries Society Symposium 22:384-404.

Burdick, D.M., and F.T. Short. 1999. The effects of boat docks on eelgrass beds in coastal waters of Massachusetts. Environmental Management 23:231-240.

Short, F.T., D.M. Burdick, C.A. Short, R.C. Davis and P. Morgan. 2000. Developing success criteria for restored eelgrass, salt marsh and mud flat habitats. Ecological Engineering 15:239-252.

Burdick, D.M., R.Buschbaum and E. Holt. 2001. Variation in soil salinity associated with expansion of Phragmites australis in salt marshes. Environmental and Experimental Botany 46: 247-261.

Boumans, R.M.J., D.M. Burdick, and M. Dionne. 2002. Modeling habitat change in salt marshes following tidal restoration. Restoration Ecology 10: 543-555.

Short, F.T., R.C. Davis, B.S. Kopp, C.A. Short and D.M. Burdick. 2002. Site selection model for optimal restoration of eelgrass, Zostera marina in the northeastern US. Marine Ecology Progress Series 227: 253-267

Neckles, H.A., M. Dionne, D.M. Burdick, C.T. Roman, R. Buchsbaum, and E. Hutchins. 2002. A monitoring protocol to assess tidal restoration of salt marshes on local and regional scales. Restoration Ecology 10:556-563.

Burdick, D.M., and R.A. Konisky. 2003. Determinants of expansion for Phragmites australis, common reed, in natural and impacted coastal marshes. Estuaries 26:407-416.

Selected Service Activities

  • Executive Committee, Masters Program in Environmental Education
  • Steering Committee, Salt Marsh Restoration Group, Global Program of Action Committee
  • Treasurer, New England Estuarine Research Society
  • Technical Advisory Board, Great Bay Coast Watch
  • Panel member, CAL FED - Estuarine Restoration Program
  • Advisory Committee, Education and Outreach Program, Restore America's Estuaries
David Burdick
James Hall, Room 266
Durham, NH 03824