Role
Senior Principal Research Scientist in the Sustainable Coastal Ecosystem & Industries in Tropical Australia Program.
Background
I obtained by PhD in 1984 at the University of Georgia. My doctoral dissertation explored the influence of rates of detritus supply on trophic relationships within experimental benthic food webs. After a short visit to AIMS for Project MECOR (Microbial Ecology on a Coral Reef), I joined the research staff in 1985 as a postdoctoral fellow examining microbial processes in coral reef, nearshore and mangrove environments. I have since been on staff specializing in coastal biogeochemistry and ecosystem ecology.
Education
  • 1979: BSc, City College of New York
  • 1981: MA, College of William & Mary (Virginia Institute of Marine Science)
  • 1984: PhD, University of Georgia
Current Research Activities
My primary research interest is understanding the biogeochemical functioning of tropical coastal and marine ecosystems, with particular emphasis on mangrove and coral reef environments. My research interests include understanding the structure and function of soft-bottom benthic ecosystems, especially microbial carbon and nitrogen cycling.
Expert Committees and Boards
  • Coordinating Lead Author, Wetlands, IPCC Task Force on Greenhouse Gas Emissions, 2010-2013.
  • Member, Blue Carbon Scientific Steering Committee, Agency for Fisheries & Marine Affairs, Government of Indonesia, 2011-2015.
  • Member, Editorial Board, Estuarine Coastal & Shelf Science, 2001-present.
  • Associate Editor, Wetlands Ecology and Management, 1999-present.
  • Member, Editorial Board, Coral Reefs, 1994-2006.
Publications
Over 175 science and technical papers in international journals. The following are a selection of recent publications.

Alongi DM, Brinkman R, Trott LA, da Silva F, Pereira F, Wagey T (2013) Enhanced benthic response to upwelling of the Indonesian Throughflow onto the southern shelf of Timor-Leste, Timor Sea. Journal of Geophysical Research 118: 1-13, doi:10.1029/2012JG002150.

Alongi DM, Wirasantosa S, Wagey T, Trott LA (2012) Early diagenetic processes in relation to river discharge and coastal upwelling in the Aru Sea, Indonesia. Marine Chemistry 140-141: 10-23.

Alongi DM (2011) Carbon payments for mangrove conservation: ecosystem constraints and uncertainties of sequestration potential. Environmental Science & Policy 14: 462-470.

Alongi DM, Trott LA, Mohl M (2011) Strong tidal currents and labile organic matter stimulate benthic decomposition and carbonate fluxes on the souterhn Great Barrier reef shelf. Continental Shelf Research 31: 1384-1395.

Alongi DM (2010) Dissolved iron supply limits early growth of estuarine mangroves. Ecology 91: 3229-3241.

Alongi DM (2009) The Energetics of Mangrove Forests. Springer, Dordrecht, 216 pp.

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