Stephanie Prufer

I am a senior graduating in May 2018 in Biology and in Environmental Science & Policy at Duke University. My research project has focused on how secondary foundation species can mitigate stress, improve ecosystem function and generate biodiversity in salt marshes. I am currently analyzing the facultative relationship between Geukensia demissa and Spartina alterniflora across a stress gradient in a North Carolina salt marsh by adding mussels in various elevations to plots of marsh cordgrass. More generally, I am interested in how understanding relationships between species in ecology can inform restoration efforts and policy-making.