Kristin Huizenga Ph.D.

  • Postdoctoral Researcher
Kristin Huizenga
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Dr. Kristin Huizenga works on the Continuous Oxygen Monitoring in Buzzards Bay (COMBB) project in collaboration with Buzzards Bay Coalition. She studies water quality in the Massachusetts estuary with a combination of state-of-the-art sensors and decades of data collected by dedicated volunteers.

Dr. Huizenga views water quality as one of the most practical measurements to look at when trying to improve both the health of an ecosystem and the lives of people who rely on waterways for life and recreation. With the data collected by hundreds of committed volunteers, Dr. Huizenga can assess how Buzzards Bay changes with different climate and nutrient inputs, help guide legislators and residents in their efforts to improve water quality, and generate insights into Buzzards Bay’s future and what steps can be taken to protect it.

Dr. Huizenga’s studies in ecology are driven by her goal to help people live in a sustainable way with the natural world. From the surface, water can look unchanging, but what occurs at a chemical level within our waterways has a massive impact on life in a coastal community. As a New England resident, it is important to her that people have healthy and safe experiences with the waters and local species that make people fall in love with the region, and that those resources are protected.

Dr. Huizenga’s expertise spans water quality, ecology, oceanography, and lobsters. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography, where she worked on the Narragansett Bay Fixed Site Monitoring Network. The network has been monitoring water quality in Rhode Island for decades, and has been instrumental in helping pass legislation for nutrient reduction in Rhode Island.

Selected Publications

A tale of two spring blooms in a northeast estuary of the USA: how storms impact nutrients, multiple trophic levels and hypoxia

Oviatt, C., H. Stoffel, K. Huizenga, L. Reed, D. Codiga, & L. Fields (2022). Hydrobiologia.


What nutrient sources support anomalous growth and the recent sargassum mass stranding on Caribbean beaches? A review

Oviatt, C., K. Huizenga, C.S. Rogers, & W.J. Miller (2019). Marine Pollution Bulletin.