Gary Taghon
Gary Taghon
Marine benthic ecology

Cook Campus
School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
Dept of Marine and Coastal Sciences (DMCS)

Dr. Taghon is a Professor and the Marine Sciences Undergraduate Director at Rutgers DMCS. His research area is marine benthic ecology; he studies how the distribution and abundance of animals living on the seafloor are affected by physical, chemical, and biological oceanographic processes. This is actually a two-way street, in that benthic animals also influence sediment chemical and physical properties, such as organic matter cycling and sediment transport. Recent research has focused on the role of benthic animals in bioremediation of contaminated sediments, the role of sedimentary microbial food webs in recycling of organic matter in sediments, and response of benthic animals to marsh restoration efforts. Presently, Gary is investigating how benthic community structure in Barnegat Bay is affected by natural stressors, such as storm events, and potential anthropogenic stressors, such as excessive nutrient inputs.