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Erin Peck

NE CASC Postdoctoral Fellow
ORISE Fellow
UMass Amherst

Research Interests

I am interested in elucidating the impacts of episodic sediment delivery events, sea level rise, and human land-use change on salt marsh morphodynamics and sediment biogeochemistry. In particular, my research focuses on quantifying rates of vertical accretion and lateral change over decades to centuries in intertidal areas using short-lived radioisotopes and geospatial techniques. I am additionally interested in improving blue carbon burial measurements and assessing the ecogeomorphic effectiveness of salt marsh restoration projects.  


USGS Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center


PhD: Ocean, Earth, & Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University, 2021
Graduate Certificate in College & University Teaching: Oregon State University, 2019
MS: Ocean, Earth, & Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University, 2017
BA: Environmental Science & Geology, Franklin & Marshall College, 2014


Postdoctoral Researcher, Plant & Soil Sciences, University of Delaware, 2021-2022
Research & Teaching Assistant, College of Earth, Ocean, & Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University, 2014-2021
Research Assistant/Subcontractor, Institute for Applied Ecology, Corvallis, 2015-2016
Research Assistant, South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, 2014-2015


Peck, E.K., T.P. Guilderson, M.H. Walczak, & R.A. Wheatcroft. (2022). Recovery rate of a salt marsh from the 1700 CE Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake, Netarts Bay, Oregon. Geophysical Research Letters.
Buser-Young, J.Z., E.K. Peck, P. Chase, L. Lapham, & F. Colwell. (2022). Biogeochemical dynamics of a changing high-latitude wetland. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences.
Peck, E.K. & R.A. Wheatcroft. (2022). Spatiotemporal variation in Oregon salt marsh expansion and contraction. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science.
Ewton, E., S. Klasek, E.K. Peck, & F. Colwell. (2021). Microbial community characteristics largely unaffected by X-ray computed tomography of sediment cores. Environmental Science & Technology Letters.
Peck, E.K., R.A. Wheatcroft, & L.S. Brophy. (2020). Controls on sediment accretion and blue carbon burial in salt marshes: Insights from the Oregon coast, USA. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences.