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Alice Besterman

Past Fellow
Postdoctoral Researcher
Woodwell Climate Research Center

Research Interests

Alice Besterman is a coastal scientist interested in how global change (e.g. sea level rise) alters interactions between geomorphology and hydrology, and ecosystem processes. Her research focuses on primary production, trophic interactions, and food webs while paying particularly close attention to species and habitats of conservation interest. It is motivated by a fascination with the natural world and ecological processes as well as the urgent need for science that addresses the global changes threatening coastal ecosystems. Ultimately, she seeks to deliver scientific knowledge that simultaneously advances fundamental ecological theory and has practical applications for managers and policy makers.

Selected Publications:

  • Besterman, A.F., K.J. McGlathery, M.A. Reidenbach, P.L. Wiberg, M.L. Pace. In press. Predicting benthic macroalgal abundance in shallow coastal bays from geomorphology and hydrologic flow patterns. Limnology and Oceanography. DOI: 10.1002/lno.11592
  • Besterman, A.F., S. Karpanty, M.L. Pace. 2020. Impact of exotic macroalga on shorebirds varies with foraging specialization and spatial scale. PLoS ONE. 15(4): e0231337.


Postdoctoral Researcher, Buzzards Bay Coalition, MA, January 2020 to present
Postdoctoral Researcher, Woodwell Climate Research Center, MA, January 2020 to present
Contracted Researcher, Climate Focus, Washington D.C., 2019
NSF Graduate Research Fellow, University of Virginia, 2015-18
Hydrologic Technician Intern, U.S. Geological Survey, Wetland and Biogeochemistry Lab, Reston, VA