Department of Geosciences at UMass Amherst

An aerial view of the New England coastline near Scituate

Coastal Habitats Can Weather Sea-Level Rise If There is Enough Sediment

Salt marshes: critical habitats threatened by rapid sea-level rise, may in fact thrive despite higher water levels. The key factor that determines whether salt marshes collapse or flourish involves not water, but sediment.

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Student Spotlight: Helen Sajo

She aspires to become a professor one day to teach geography. She hopes to inspire her students to share her passion for the field!

"I chose geography as my secondary major after taking a general education class about climate change my freshman year. It inspired me to look at the world in a more geographical point of view and combined with primary major of economics this proved to be really beneficial.”

Helen Sajo, sitting on a wooden bench inside a verdant greenhouse.

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