Erik Yando PhD


Postdoctoral Research Fellow
I am leading the Coastal and Marine Work Package for the Natural Capital Assessment Project. The goals of this portion of the project are to map, assess, and identify key knowledge gaps in Singapore’s coastal and marine ecosystems and quantify the value of the ecosystem services they provide. These ecosystems include mangroves, seagrasses, corals, beaches, and seawalls. In combination with the terrestrial, urban, and environmental economics work packages this project will provide one of the first natural capital assessments of an urban tropical environment.
I hold a PhD in Environmental and Evolutionary Biology and a MS in Biology from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where my work focused on the salt marsh-mangrove ecotone addressing dispersal, establishment, and implications of mangrove expansion into salt marsh habitats in the northern Gulf of Mexico. I also received a BA in Biological Sciences and Botany where I studied nitrogen cycling bacteria and plants in salt marshes. Broadly, I am interested in coastal ecology, ecotones, plant-soil interactions, quantification of ecosystem services, patch-scale dynamics, and global climate change.
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Yando, E.S., Osland, M.J., and M.W. Hester. 2018. Microspatial ecotone dynamics at a shifting range limit: plant-soil variation across salt marsh-mangrove interfaces. Oecologia. 187(1): 319-331
Yando, E.S., Osland, M.J., Willis, J.M., Day, R.H., Krauss, K.W. and M.W. Hester. 2016. Salt marsh- mangrove ecotones: using structural gradients to investigate the effects of woody plant encroachment on plant-soil interactions and ecosystem carbon pools. Journal of Ecology. 104(4): 1020-1031
X. Peng, E. Yando, E. Hildebrand, C. Dwyer, A. Kearney, A. Waciega, I. Valiela, and A.E. Bernhard. 2013. Differential responses of ammonia-oxidizing archaea and bacteria to long-term fertilization in a New England salt marsh. Frontiers in Microbiology. 3(445): 1-11