First Name   R. L.
Last Name   Swanson
University or Association   Stony Brook University
City, State   Stony Brook , NY
Position Associate Dean, School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences; Director, Waste Reduction and Management Institute
Insitution of Highest Degree Oregon State University; Ph.D., 1971
Phone   work 631.632.8704
Expertise Sector Ocean and Coastal Management
Area of Expertise Pollution, Hypoxia, and Harmful Algal Blooms
Other Expertise Ecosystem Based Management & Restoration; Mapping & Charting; Marine Spatial Planning
Language Fluency (Other than English)
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Expertise Profile

Dr. Swanson’s broad research interests concern reducing the impact of waste generation on society. In the context of the ocean, this translates to understanding and identifying the appropriate use of the ocean as part of a comprehensive waste management strategy.  He has been interested in the consequences of urban population centers and their infrastructure and waste management practices on coastal waters. Sewage, storm water, and municipal solid waste all have pronounced impacts. He believes that hypoxia, floatable wastes, and cycling of contaminants are major causes of impaired economic and societal uses of coastal resources.

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