hero image
Christine Angelini - University of Florida. Gainesville, FL, US

Christine Angelini

Associate Professor/Director | University of Florida

Gainesville, FL, UNITED STATES

Christine Angelini is the founder and director of the Center for Coastal Solutions and is an expert in coastal ecosystems and restoration.


Christine Angelini is an associate professor in environmental engineering sciences and is the founder and director of the Center for Coastal Solutions. She is an ecologist with expertise in wetland, reef and dune systems, specifically coastal resilience and restoration. Her research focuses on advancing mechanistic understanding of how species interactions moderate ecosystem resilience to climate change and influence contaminant integration into food webs.

Areas of Expertise (6)

Water Quality

Nature-based Solutions

Coastal Engineering

Coastal Ecology

Coastal Resilience

Ecosystem Restoration

Media Appearances (3)

Dynamic doppelganger: Developing Florida’s Digital Twin

The Chronicle of Higher Education  print


The University of Florida is leading a project that will leverage artificial intelligence and digital twin technologies to enhance everyday life for Jacksonville residents. By building a virtual model of a section of the city, UF researchers will be able to test future land use and climate scenarios and visualize infrastructure investments. This information can help decision makers see the potential real-life impacts on the lives of residents, helping city planners adapt to changing conditions. And the Jacksonville pilot may be just the beginning.

view more

Dunes aren’t just big piles of sand. Here’s why Earth needs them.

The Washington Post  print


The famed coastal dunes that inspired the shifting sand landscape of the desert planet Arrakis in Frank Herbert’s science fiction novel “Dune” are also under siege — from climate change and human development.

view more

California sea otters nearly went extinct. Now they're rescuing their coastal habitat

NPR  online


The California sea otter, once hunted to the edge of extinction, has staged a thrilling comeback in the last century. Now, a team of scientists has discovered that the otters' success story has led to something just as remarkable: the restoration of their declining coastal marsh habitat.

view more


Articles (4)

Nitrogen-enriched discharges from a highly managed watershed intensify red tide (Karenia brevis) blooms in southwest Florida

Science of the Total Environment

Medina, M., et al


Karenia brevis blooms on Florida's Gulf Coast severely affect regional ecosystems, coastal economies, and public health, and formulating effective management and policy strategies to address these blooms requires an advanced understanding of the processes driving them. Recent research suggests that natural processes explain offshore bloom initiation and shoreward transport, while anthropogenic nutrient inputs may intensify blooms upon arrival along the coast.

view more

Initial estuarine response to inorganic nutrient inputs from a legacy mining facility adjacent to Tampa Bay, Florida

Marine Pollution Bulletin

Beck, M., et al


Legacy mining facilities pose significant risks to aquatic resources. From March 30th to April 9th, 2021, 814 million liters of phosphate mining wastewater and marine dredge water from the Piney Point facility were released into lower Tampa Bay (Florida, USA). This resulted in an estimated addition of 186 metric tons of total nitrogen, exceeding typical annual external nitrogen load estimates to lower Tampa Bay in a matter of days.

view more

Responses of a tidal freshwater marsh plant community to chronic and pulsed saline intrustion

Journal of Ecology

Li, F., Angelini, C., et al


Climate change causes both chronic and pulsed environmental changes to ecosystems. In estuaries, tidal freshwater marshes experience both extended and episodic periods of elevated salinities due to sea level rise, reduced river discharge during drought and storm surge, but most research has focused on extended (press) perturbations. Over a 4-year period, we added diluted seawater to replicated plots in a tidal freshwater marsh in Georgia, USA to raise porewater salinities from freshwater to oligohaline.

view more

Governance and the Mangrove Commons: Advancing the cross-scale, nested framework for the global conservation and wise use of mangroves

Journal of Environmental Management

Walker, J.E., et al


Mangroves provide critical ecosystems services, contributing an estimated 42 billion US dollars to global fisheries, storing 25.5 million tons of carbon per year, and providing flood protection to over 15 million people annually. Yet, they are increasingly threatened by factors ranging from local resource exploitation to global climate change, with an estimated 35% of mangrove forests lost in the past two decades.

view more





Christine Angelini loading image