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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