Anderson, Chris

Chris Anderson, Associate Professor

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| Google Scholar Profile | Wetland and Riparian Ecology LabCenter for Environmental Studies at the Urban-Rural Interface (CESURI)
BS, Forestry and Wildlife from Virginia Tech, 1993, MS in Botany from University of South Florida, 2001, and PhD in Natural Resources from Ohio State University, 2005.
Associate Director of the Center for Environmental Studies at the Urban-Rural Interface (CESURI).
Specialization: Wetland Ecology
Teaching Responsibilities: Wetland and Riparian Ecology
Research Interests: Wetland and floodplain ecology, urban ecology, land use effects and wetland and stream functions, coastal wetland management.
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Alix, D. and C.J. Anderson. 2013Amphibians: The effects of land use change on amphibian community composition and larval development in coastal Alabama.In: B.G. Lockaby (ed), Auburn Speaks: On Water, Auburn University, Auburn, AL.
Alix, D.M., C. Guyer, and C.J. Anderson. 2014Expansion of the introduced range of Eleutherodactylus planirostris in Baldwin County, Alabama. Southeastern Naturalist 13(4):N59-N62.
Alix, D.M., C.J. Anderson, C. Guyer, and J.B. Grand. 2014Evaluating the effects of land use on headwater wetland amphibian assemblages in coastal Alabama.Wetlands 34:917-926.
Anderson, C.J. 2013Degradation and composition of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) following oil exposure in experimental salt marshes.Water, Air, and Soil Pollution DOI: 10.1007/s11270-013-1608-z.
Anderson, C.J. and B.G. Lockaby.2011Seasonal patterns of river connectivity and saltwater intrusion in tidal freshwater forested wetlands.River Research and Applications DOI: 10.1002/rra.1489.
Anderson, C.J. and B.G. Lockaby.2011Foliar nutrient dynamics in tidal and non-tidal freshwater forested wetlands.Aquatic Botany 95: 153-160.
Anderson, C.J. and B.G. Lockaby.2011Research gaps related to forest management and stream sediment in the United States.Environmental Management 47:303-313.
Anderson, C.J. and B.G. Lockaby.2011Forested wetland communities as indicators of tidal influence on the Apalachicola River, Florida, USA. Wetlands 31:895–906.
Anderson, C.J. and B.G. Lockaby.2011Forestry Best Management Practices in the Southeast U.S.: Uses and effectiveness.Southern Journal of Applied Forestry: 35(4):170-177.
Anderson, C.J. and T.A. Hess.2012The effects of oil exposure and weathering on black-needle rush (Juncus roemerianus) marshes along the Gulf of Mexico.Marine Pollution Bulletin 64 2749-2755.
Anderson, C.J. and W.J. Mitsch.2008Tree basal growth response to flood conditions in a bottomland hardwood forest along a regulated river.Journal of the American Water Resources Association 44(6):1512-1520.
Anderson, C.J., B.G. Lockaby, and N. Click. 2013Changes in wetland forest structure, basal growth, and composition across a tidal gradient.American Midland Naturalist 170:1-13.
Barksdale, W.F. † and C.J. Anderson. 2015The influence of land use on forest structure, species composition, and soil conditions in headwater-slope wetlands of coastal Alabama, USA. International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem Services & Management 11(1): 61-70.
Barksdale, W.F. and C.J. Anderson2013Headwater wetlands: A study of land use and land change.In: B.G. Lockaby (ed), Auburn Speaks: On Water, Auburn University, Auburn, AL.
Barksdale, W.F. and C.J. Anderson. 2014The influence of land use on forest structure, species composition, and soil conditions in headwater-slope wetlands of coastal Alabama, USA.International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem Services & Management DOI:10.1080/21513732.2013.876449.
Barksdale, W.F., C.J. Anderson and L. Kalin. 2014The influence of watershed run-off on the hydrology, forest floor litter and soil carbon of headwater wetlands. Ecohydrology 7(2):803-814.
Barksdale, W.F., C.J. Anderson, and L. Kalin. 2013The influence of watershed run-off on the hydrology, forest floor litter and soil carbon of headwater wetlands.Eco hydrology DOI: 10.1002/eco.1404.
Brodbeck, A.B., J.S. LeCompte, A.L. Meder, M.C. Ricker, M. Wedge†, H. Schurman††, C.J. Anderson. 2015Evaluating a campus nitrogen budget for Auburn University, Alabama, USA.Urban Ecosystems 18(4):1187-1211.
Cox, C. ††, W. Morse, C. Anderson and L. Marzen. 2015Using public participation geographic information systems to identify places of watershed service provisioning.Journal of the American Water Resources Association 51(3):704-718.
Cox, C. M., W.C. Morse, C. J. Anderson, and L. J. Marzen2013Using Public Participation Geographic Information Systems to Identify Watershed Services.Paper presented at the 27th Alabama Water Resources Conference. Orange Beach, Alabama. September 4-6.
Cox, C., Morse, W.C., Anderson, C., Marzen, L.2015Using public participation geographic information systems to identify places of watershed services provisioning.Journal of the American Water Resources Association. 51(3): 704-718.
Cox, C., W. Morse, C. Anderson and L. Marzen.2014Using public participation geographic information systems to identify places of watershed service provisioning.Journal of the American Water Resources Association DOI:10.1111/jawr.12269.
Cox, C., W. Morse, L. Marzen and C. Anderson.2014Applying public participation geographic information systems to wildlife management.Human Dimensions of Wildlife 19:200-214.
McKay, S.K., B.A. Pruitt, C.J. Anderson, J. Curran, A.A. Ochoa, M.C. Freeman, B. Rashleigh, and D. Trawick.2011Constructing a conceptual model linking drivers and ecosystem services in piedmont streams.In: Proceedings of the 2011 Georgia Water Resources Conference, April 11-13, 2011, University of Georgia.
Mitsch, W.J., B. Bernal, A.M. Nahlik, L. Zhang, C.J. Anderson, S.E. Jörgensen, U. Mander, and H. Brix.2012 Wetlands, carbon, and climate change. Landscape Ecology DOI: 10.1007/s10980-012-9758-8.
Mitsch, W.J., L. Zhang, K.C. Stefanik, A.M. Nahlik, C.J. Anderson, B. Bernal, and K. Song.2012Creating wetlands: A 15-year study of primary succession, water quality changes, and self design. BioScience 62(3):237-250.
Mitsch, W.J., S.M. Nedrich, S. Harter, C. Anderson, A. H. Nahlik, and B. Bernal2014Sedimentation in created freshwater riverine wetlands: 15 years of succession and contrast of methods.Ecological Engineering DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoleng.2014.09.116.
Murray, D.L., M.G. andercj, and T.D. Steury. 2010Temporal shifts in density dependence among North American breeding duck populations (1955-2005).Ecology 91:517-581.
Nagy, R.C., B.G. Lockaby, L. Kalin, and C. Anderson.2012Effects of urbanization on stream hydrology and water quality: the Florida Gulf Coast.Hydrological Processes 26:2019-2030.
Nagy, R.C., B.G. Lockaby, L. Kalin, and C.J. Anderson. 2011Urbanization of a coastal region and related effects on water resources.Hydrological Processes DOI: 10.1002/hyp.8336
Niraula, R., L. Kalin, P. Srivastava, and C.J. Anderson. 2013Identifying Critical Source Areas of Nonpoint Source Pollution with SWAT and GWLFEcological Modelling 268:123-133.
Rezaeianzadeh, M. ††, L. Kalin, and C.J. Anderson. 2015Wetland water-level prediction using ANN in conjunction with base-flow recession analysis.Journal of Hydrologic Engineering DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)HE.1943-5584.0001276.
Rezaeianzadeh†, M., L. Kalin*, C. Anderson 2015Wetland Water Level Prediction using ANN in Conjunction with Baseflow Recession AnalysisJournal of Hydrologic Engineering. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)HE.1943-5584.0001276.
Schwalm, C. R., C. A. Williams, K. Schaefer, R. andercj, M. A. Arain, I. Baker, A. Barr, T. A. Black, G. S. Chen, J. M. Chen, P. Ciais, K. J. Davis, A. Desai, M. Dietze, D. Dragoni, M. L. Fischer, L. B. Flanagan, R. Grant, L. Gu, D. Hollinger, R. C. Isaurralde, C. Kucharik, P. Lafleu, B. E. Law, L. Li, Z. Li, S. Liu, E. Lokupitiya, Y. Luo, S. Ma, H. Margolis, R. Matamala, H. McCaughey, R. K. Monson, W. C. Oechel, C. Peng, B. Poulter, D. T. Price, D. M. Riciutto, W. Riley, A. K. Sahoo, M. Sprintsin, J. Sun, H. Q. tianhan, C. Tonitto, H. Verbeeck, and S. B. Verma. 2010A model-data intercomparison of CO2 exchange across North America: Results from the North American Carbon Project site synthesis.Journal of Geophysical Research – Biogeosciences, 115: G00H05, doi: 10.1029/2009JG001229.
Sefick, S.A., L. Kalin, E. Kosnicki, B.P. Schneid†, M.S. Jarrell, C.J. Anderson, M.H. Paller, and J.W. Feminella. 2015Empirical estimation of stream discharge using channel geometry in low-gradient, sand- bed streams of the southeastern plains. Journal of the American Water Resources Association 51(4):1060-1071.
Turner, I.P. ††, E.F. Brantley, J.N. Shaw, C.J. Anderson, and B.S. Helms. 2015Floristic composition of Alabama piedmont floodplains across a gradient of stream channel incision.The American Midland Naturalist 174(2): 238-253.
Wedge, M. †, C.J. Anderson, and D. DeVries. 2015Evaluating the effects of urban land-use on the condition of resident salt marsh fish.Estuaries and Coasts 38(6):2355-2365.
Wedge, M.E. and C.J. Anderson. 2013Examining the influence of shoreline development on salt marsh habitat.In: B.G. Lockaby (ed), Auburn Speaks: On Water, Auburn University, Auburn, AL.

Current projects:

Land use change effects on low-order creeks in the Alabama Coastal Plain

Much of the land along the Gulf of Mexico coast continues to change due to agriculture and urbanization. We are examining the influence of land use change on the water quality, hydrology, and benthic habitat of coastal creeks.

Funding and collaborating partners: Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station, AU Water Resources Center, AU Center for Forest Sustainability, AU Dept. of Biological Sciences.

The effect of shoreline development on salt marsh habitat

Shoreline development can alter drainage, increase pollution and fragment habitats. As urban growth continues in coastal areas, it is unclear how much the functional condition of salt marshes may change . Currently, we are examining how salt marshes and supported nekton species may be influenced by shoreline development.

Funding and collaborating partners: USDA-McIntire Stennis program.

Prospects for wetland impact and recovery from oil spills

There are immediate and long term concerns regarding oil spills effects on coastal ecosystems including salt marshes. Through a combination of field studies and mesocosm experiments, we are examining how oil weathering and exposure may influence current and future wetland environments after spills.

Funding and collaborating partners: Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative- Alabama Marine Environmental Science Consortium/Dauphn Island Sea Lab, and AU Department of Civil Engineering.

Effects of land conversion on coastal headwater wetlands

Along the northern Gulf of Mexico coast, headwater wetlands represent areas of significant exchange between aquatic and terrestrial environments. Our research is examining how surrounding land use influences important wetland functions such as the maintenance of water quality, amphibian habitat, hydrology and carbon cycling.

Funding and collaborating partners: Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium, Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station, Week’s Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, and AU Center for Forest Sustainability

Urban Ecology – FORY 4930/7930

The world has become increasingly urban with roughly half the population living in urban areas. In many areas, urban land use has severely altered other ecosystems connected on the landscape. It is also understood that urban areas themselves have distinct ecological processes and attributes. Inherent to urbanization is the influence exerted by human beings. The field of urban ecology has become increasingly interdisciplinary with researchers considering the interaction between humans and the environment. This course will introduce students to this emerging field through a combination of lectures, guest speakers, readings from the literature, and course projects.

Urban topics covered include:
•Human dimensions to urban ecology
•Land patterns and processes
•Soils and biogeochemistry
•Hydrology and watersheds
•Aquatic ecosystems
•Populations and community ecology
•Atmospheric processes

Wetland Ecology – FORY 5250 / 6250

Wetlands are important components to the landscape because of their ability to store flood waters, improve water quality, and provide valuable wildlife habitat. Because of their value, wetlands have become protected around the country by Federal, state, and sometimes local laws. Wetlands are often managed extensively to enhance their value to society. This course will provide an overview of wetland ecology, explore why wetlands are valuable and how they are managed. Some of the specific topics related to wetlands will include:
•The physical, chemical, and biological environment of wetlands
•Wetland ecosystems
•Wetland laws and regulations
•Treatment wetlands
•Wildlife management
•Wetlands and climate change

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