Alice Besterman Ph.D.

  • Postdoctoral Researcher
Alice Besterman

Dr. Alice Besterman is a coastal scientist interested in how global change (e.g. sea level rise) alters interactions between geomorphology and hydrology, and ecosystem processes. She is focused on primary production and trophic interactions, and pays particular attention to species and habitats of conservation interest.

Dr. Besterman completed a B.S. in Environmental Studies in 2013 at Virginia Commonwealth University. While there, she studied the effects of climate change on neotropical migrant songbirds. She received her Ph.D. in Environmental Science with a focus in Ecology from the University of Virginia in December 2019. Her dissertation focused on the distribution and effects of a non-native macroalga on intertidal mudflats in Virginia Coast Reserve LTER.

Dr. Besterman is motivated by her fascination with the natural world and ecological processes, and by the urgent need for science that addresses the global changes threatening coastal ecosystems. She aims to deliver scientific knowledge that advances fundamental ecological theory, while also being useful to managers and policy makers.

In her free time, Dr. Besterman is an avid birder. She fell in love with birding while studying the Prothonotary Warbler as an undergraduate.

Selected Publications

Impact of exotic macroalga on shorebirds varies with foraging specialization and spatial scale

Besterman, A.F., S.M. Karpanty, M.L. Pace. 2020. PloS one 15(4). doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0231337


Predicting benthic macroalgal abundance in shallow coastal lagoons from geomorphology and hydrologic flow patterns. Limnology and Oceanography

Besterman, A.F., K.J. McGlathery, M.A. Reidenbach, P.L. Wiberg, M.L. Pace. 2020. Limnology and Oceanography. doi:10.1002/lno.11592