Dr. Joel E. Kostka

Professor
Georgia Institute of Technology

Dr. Joel E. Kostka is Professor and Associate Chair for Research in the Schools of Biological Sciences and Earth & Atmospheric Sciences at Georgia Institute of Technology. B.S. in Biology with High Honors (1985), Western Illinois University; M.S. in Marine Biology (1988), College of Charleston; Ph.D. in Marine Science (1993), University of Delaware. He was an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Wisconsin (1994-1995) and a visiting scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology in Bremen, Germany (1995-1996). His research group specializes in characterizing the role of microorganisms in benefitting ecosystems and society, especially in the context of climate change and bioremediation. Dr. Kostka has published 126 refereed journal publications and achieved an h-index of 60 with >11,862 citations. He served as editor of the journal of Applied and Environmental Microbiology (2011-2017). Currently, Dr. Kostka serves as a Distinguished Lecturer for the American Society for Microbiology as well as Chair of the Gordon Research Conference in Applied and Environmental Microbiology. He is a member of the American Academy of Microbiology. The Kostka lab has investigated saltmarsh ecosystem function for over 25 years. Kostka’s research has revealed the dynamic interplay between the growth/physiology of macrophyte plants, macrofauna, and microbially-mediated processes that regulate biogeochemical cycles of carbon, and nutrients in salt marsh soils. He has served as a PI on coastal ecosystem restoration projects funded by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) since 2011, and he is now directing two projects, funded by NFWF/ NOAA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, on the restoration and resilience of coastal ecosystems in response to environmental change (drought, warming, sea level rise).

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