David Burdick

Interim Director
Phone: (603) 862-5129
Office: Natural Resources & the Environment, James Hall Rm 266, Durham, NH 03824
David Burdick

Dr. David Burdick is Research Associate Professor of Coastal Ecology and Restoration in the Department of Natural Resources at the University of New Hampshire, where he has taught wetlands courses over the past twenty years. His study of coastal science spans 35 years, concentrating on coastal ecosystems, assessing human impacts, and planning, implementing and assessing habitat restoration at the Jackson Estuarine Laboratory, where he serves as Interim Director. In 2012 he was awarded the Susan Snow-Cotter Visionary Award from the Gulf of Maine Council for the Marine Environment. He recently published a book with Charles Roman to translate and extend lessons learned from tidal restoration of salt marshes in the Northeast US and Canada. Outreach products include Dock Design with the Environment in Mind (to protect eelgrass), Eelgrass Site Selection Model, and two habitat restoration atlases for coastal New Hampshire. Recent projects include: shoreline rehabilitation at sites in NH and Maine, a coastal resilience initiative to plan for sea level rise in Portsmouth NH, and measuring responses of salt marshes to rising sea level, including blue carbon.


  • Ph.D., Marine Sciences, Louisiana State University
  • B.S., Chemistry, Hobart and William Smith College

Research Interests

  • Coastal Processes
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Restoration/Remediation
  • Estuarine Sciences

Courses Taught

  • NR 504: Freshwater Resources
  • NR 711: Wetland Ecology and Management
  • NR 917: TIDES Internship

Selected Publications

van Ardenne, L. B., Jolicouer, S., Bérubé, D., Burdick, D., & Chmura, G. L. (2018). The importance of geomorphic context for estimating the carbon stock of salt marshes. Geoderma, 330, 264-275. doi:10.1016/j.geoderma.2018.06.003

Kirshen, P., Aytur, S., Hecht, J., Walker, A., Burdick, D., Jones, S., . . . Mather, L. (2018). Integrated urban water management applied to adaptation to climate change. Urban Climate, 24, 247-263. doi:10.1016/j.uclim.2018.03.005

Rogers, J. N., Parrish, C. E., Ward, L. G., & Burdick, D. M. (2018). Improving salt marsh digital elevation model accuracy with full-waveform lidar and nonparametric predictive modeling. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 202, 193-211. doi:10.1016/j.ecss.2017.11.034

Raposa, K. B., Lerberg, S., Cornu, C., Fear, J., Garfield, N., Peter, C., . . . Dionne, M. (2018). Evaluating Tidal Wetland Restoration Performance Using National Estuarine Research Reserve System Reference Sites and the Restoration Performance Index (RPI). Estuaries and Coasts, 41(1), 36-51. doi:10.1007/s12237-017-0220-7

Raposa, K. B., Cole Ekberg, M. L., Burdick, D. M., Ernst, N. T., & Adamowicz, S. C. (2017). Elevation change and the vulnerability of Rhode Island (USA) salt marshes to sea-level rise. Regional Environmental Change, 17(2), 389-397. doi:10.1007/s10113-016-1020-5

Neckles, H. A., Dionne, M., Burdick, D. M., Roman, C. T., Buchsbaum, R., & Hutchins, E. (2002). A Monitoring Protocol to Assess Tidal Restoration of Salt Marshes on Local and Regional Scales. Restoration Ecology, 10(3), 556-563. doi:10.1046/j.1526-100x.2002.02033.x

Seliskar, D. M., Gallagher, J. L., Burdick, D. M., & Mutz, L. A. (2002). The regulation of ecosystem functions by ecotypic variation in the dominant plant: a Spartina alterniflora salt-marsh case study. Journal of Ecology, 90(1), 1-11. doi:10.1046/j.0022-0477.2001.00632.x

Short, F. T., & Burdick, D. M. (1996). Quantifying Eelgrass Habitat Loss in Relation to Housing Development and Nitrogen Loading in Waquoit Bay, Massachusetts. Estuaries, 19(3), 730. doi:10.2307/1352532

Burdick, D. M., Dionne, M., Boumans, R. M., & Short, F. T. (1996). Ecological responses to tidal restorations of two northern New England salt marshes. Wetlands Ecology and Management, 4(2), 129-144. doi:10.1007/bf01876233

Short, F. T., Burdick, D. M., & Kaldy, J. E. (1995). Mesocosm experiments quantify the effects of eutrophication on eelgrass, Zostera marina. Limnology and Oceanography, 40(4), 740-749. doi:10.4319/lo.1995.40.4.0740

Most Cited Publications