Hillary Sullivan is a biogeochemist studying how human-induced activities and land use affect the structure and function of ecosystems. Sullivan is a Ph.D. Candidate at Northeastern University studying the impact of hydrology on biogeochemical cycling in salt marshes.
She works in Buzzards Bay studying the impact of hydrologic restoration with runnels on carbon cycling. She has a NOAA fellowship to study runnel impacts on nitrogen cycling locally in Waquoit Bay. She also works on developing a methane flux database with Woodwell’s Arctic program.
Sullivan previously contributed to the TIDE Project, a long-term ecosystem-wide nutrient enrichment experiment in the salt marshes of Plum Island, Massachusetts. The study aims to assess how fertilizer and resulting nitrogen loads are affecting salt marsh nutrient retention and cycling, and consequently, marsh structure.
Prior to joining the Center, Sullivan worked at the Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory and the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium. She received both her B.A. in Environmental Science: Conservation and Biology and her M.S. in Biology from Clark University.