Richard Zimmerman (Homepage)Professor
Department of Ocean Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
Old Dominion University
4600 Elkhorn Ave.
Norfolk VA 23529
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Research interests: Ecological physiology of marine autotrophs, radiative transfer and remote sensing of optically shallow waters, ecosystem productivity and numerical modeling
I am interested in light propagation and photosynthesis of submerged plant canopies. My work with the LTER involves the use of radiative transfer theory to model the absorption and scattering of light by the giant kelp. Accurate knowledge of absorption permits the calculation of important plant- and ecosystem-level properties such as rates of primary production, nutrient utilization and the amount of light available to understory algae. Knowledge of light scattering is being used to explore techniques for remote sensing quantification of the abundance and distribution of marine vegetation across a range of spatial scales.