Cassie Gurbisz

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St. Mary's College of Maryland
47645 College Drive
St. Mary's City, Maryland 20686
Phone: 240-895-4473

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Research Disciplines: Research Interests:

Seagrass and submersed aquatic vegetation, restoration, nutrient cycling, feedback processes

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Dr. Cassie Gurbisz is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Her research aims to understand what drives changes in the structure and functioning of coastal foundation species over space and time and how those changes relate to broader ecosystem processes. Most of her work focuses on submersed aquatic vegetation (SAV), although she has also worked on salt marsh and oyster reef projects. In addition to conducting research, Gurbisz also teaches at the undergraduate level and mentors undergraduate researchers. Her courses include Chesapeake Bay Science and Management, Environmental Field Research Methods, and several general courses in environmental studies.

Gurbisz earned a Ph.D. in Marine, Estuarine, and Environmental Science from the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Horn Point Lab and a B.S. in Environmental Science and Studio Art from Dickinson College. Before coming to St. Mary’s, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center. She also has prior work experience in marine and environmental education.



  • 2016 – Ph.D. Marine, Estuarine, and Environmental Science, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
  • 2005 – B.S. Environmental Science and Studio Art, Dickinson College

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