MARTHA A. SUTULA - Principal Scientist


EDUCATION:

Ph.D., Aquatic Ecology, Louisiana State University, 1999

M.S., Public Health, Tulane University School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine, 1994

B.S., Chemistry, Purdue University, 1987

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

Martha Sutula is head of the Biogeochemistry Department at the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project Authority, a research institute formed by the leading water quality agencies in California to ensure a solid scientific foundation for their management activities. Dr. Sutula oversees research related to eutrophication and harmful algal blooms in streams, estuaries and nearshore waters, tracking sources and fate of contaminants including stormwater and atmospheric deposition, and water quality modeling. Beyond her research activities, she focuses on linking science to management. Examples of this include her work as lead scientist to the California State Water Resources Control Board providing technical support to develop nutrient objectives for streams, lakes, and estuaries. Dr. Sutula is President of California Estuarine Research Society and serves on numerous scientific advisory panel such as the California-Oregon Ocean Acidification & Hypoxia Blue Ribbon Panel. She received her undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Purdue University, her Masters of Public Health from Tulane University, and her Ph.D. from the Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences, Louisiana State University.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

Principal Scientist, Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Costa Mesa, CA. 2010-Present
Senior Scientist, Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Costa Mesa, CA. 2001-2010
Post-doctoral Research Associate, Tulane University Institute of Earth and Ecosystem Sciences. New Orleans, LA. 1999-2001
Research Assistant, Louisiana State University Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences. Baton Rouge, LA. 1995-1999
Research Assistant, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. New Orleans, LA. 1993-1994
Project Manager, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, Risk Management Division. Washington, D.C. 1991-1993
Aquaculture Extension Agent, US Peace Corps. Bandundu, Zaire. 1987-1991

PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS:

President-Elect, California Estuarine Research Society

Science and Data Committee Member, Pacific Marine and Estuarine Fish Habitat Partnership

Science Advisory Panel, Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority National Advisory Panel on Diversions for the Mississippi River and Atchafalaya Basins

California and Oregon Blue Ribbon Science Panel on Coastal Hypoxia and Acidification

HONORS AND AWARDS:

Sigma Xi Scientific Honor Society (1999)
Gulf Estuarine Research Society Conference-Best Student Paper Award (1998)
Vice-President, Marine Environmental Researchers, Louisiana State University (1996-1997)
Chancellor's Fellowship for Doctoral Studies, Louisiana State University (1995)
Phi Beta Kappa (1986)
Chemical Industrial Society of Illinois Scholarship (1986)
Dean’s List, Purdue University (1983-1987)

PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES AND CERTIFICATIONS:

American Society of Limnology and Oceanography
Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation
Society of Wetland Scientists

American Geophysical Union

PUBLICATIONS:

McLaughlin K., M. Sutula, L. Busse, S. Anderson, J. Crooks, R. Dagit, D. Gibson, K. Johnston, L. Stratton, (2013) A Regional Survey of the Extent and Magnitude of Eutrophication in Mediterranean Estuaries of Southern California, USA, Estuaries and Coasts, In Press

Green L., P. Fong and M. Sutula. 2013. Identification of the benchmark of adverse effects by bloom forming macroalgae on macrobenthic faunal abundance, diversity and community composition. Ecological Applications, In Press

Day, J., F. Sklar, J. Cable, D, Childers, C. Coronado-Molina, S. Davis, S. Kelly, C. Madden, B. Perez, E. Reyes, D. Rudnick, and M. Sutula. 2013. The salinity transition zone between the southern Everglades and Florida Bay System functioning and implications for management. pp. 1-24. In: J. Day and A. Yanez (eds), Ecosystem-Based Management, Volume 4. Gulf of Mexico Origin, Waters, and Biota. Texas A&M University Press, College Station, TX.

Howard M., M Sutula, DA Caron, Y Chao, JD Farrara, H Frenzel, B Jones, G Robertson, K McLaughlin, A Sengupta. Anthropogenic nutrient sources rival natural sources on small scales in the coastal waters of the Southern California Bight. Accepted in Limnology and Oceanography.

Sutula M., L. Green, G. Cicchetti, N. Detenbeck, P. Fong. Thresholds of Adverse Effects of Macroalgal Abundance and Sediment Organic Matter on Benthic Habitat Quality in Estuarine Intertidal Flats. Accepted in Estuaries and Coasts

Nezlin, N.P, M. Sutula, R.P. Stumpf and A. Sengupta. Phytoplankton blooms detected by Sea-WIFS along the central and southern California coast. Journal of Geophysical Research 117:C07004.

Solek, C., M. Sutula, E. Stein, C. Roberts, R. Clark, K. O'Connor and K. Ritter. Determining the health of California's coastal salt marshes using rapid assessment. Wetlands Science and Practice 29:8‐28.

Solek, C.W., E.D. Stein and M.A. Sutula. 2011. Demonstration of an integrated watershed assessment using a three-tiered assessment framework. Wetlands Ecology and Management 19:459-474.

Fetscher, A.E., M.Sutula, J. Callaway, V.T. Parker, M.Casey, J. Collins, and W. Nelson. 2010. Patterns in estuarine vegetation communities in two regions of California: Insights from a probabilistic survey. Wetlands 30:833‐846.

Brown, J., M. Sutula, E. Long, and C. Stransky. 2010. Sediment contaminant chemistry and toxicity of freshwater urban wetlands in southern California. Journal of American Water Resources Association 6:367-384.

Stein, E., A.E. Fetscher, R.P. Clark, A. Wiskind, J.L. Grenier, M. Sutula, J.N. Collins, and C. Grosso 2009. Validation of a wetland rapid assessment method: Use of EPA's Level 1-2-3 Framework for method testing and refinement. Wetlands 29:648-665.

Collins, J.N., E.D. Stein, M. Sutula, R. Clark, A.E. Fetscher, L. Grenier, C. Grosso, and A. Wiskind. 2008. California Rapid Assessment Method (CRAM) for Wetlands and Riparian Areas. www.cramwetlands.org

Collis, H., J. Cable, and M. Sutula. 2006. Evaluating sediment depositional patterns using 7Be in Upper Newport Estuary, California. pp. 369-382 in: V.P. Singh and Y.J. Xu (eds.), Coastal Hydrology and Processes. Water Resources Publications, LLC. Highlands Ranch, CO.

Sutula, M., E.D. Stein, J.N. Collins, A.E. Fetscher, and R. Clark. 2006 A practical guide for the development of a wetland assessment method: The California experience. Journal of the American Water Resources Association 42:157-175.

Sanders, B., F. Arega, and M. Sutula. 2005. Modeling the dry-weather tidal cycling of fecal indicator bacteria in surface waters of an intertidal wetland. Water Research Volume 39:3394-3408.

Sutula, M., T. Bianchi, and B. McKee. 2004. Effect of seasonal sediment storage and diagenesis in the lower Mississippi River on bio-availability of particulate phosphorus flux to Gulf of Mexico. Limnology and Oceanography 49:2223-2235.

Schiff, K. and M. Sutula. 2004. Organophosphorus pesticides in stormwater runoff from Southern California watersheds. Water Resources Management 23:1815-1821

Sutula, M., B. Perez, E. Reyes, J.W. Day Jr., and D. Childers. 2003. Spatio-temporal variability in material exchange between the Southeastern Everglades Wetlands and Florida Bay. Estuarine, Coastal, and Shelf Science 57:757-781.

Mitra, S., T. Bianchi, B. McKee, and M. Sutula. 2002. Black Carbon in the Mississippi River: Quantities and Sources. Environmental Science and Technology 11:2296-2302.

Sutula, M., J. Day, and J. Cable. 2001. Hydrological and nutrient budgets of freshwater and estuarine wetlands of Taylor Slough in Southern Everglades, Florida (USA). Biogeochemistry 56:287-310.

TECHNICAL REPORTS:

Fetscher AE, MA Sutula, LB Busse, ED Stein. Condition of California Perennial Wadeable Streams Based on Algal Indicators. 2013. Technical Report 0781. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Costa Mesa, CA.

Howard M., G Robertson, M Sutula, BH Jones, NP Nezlin, Y Chao, H Frenzel, MJ Mengel, DA Caron, B Seegers, A Sengupta, E Seubert, DW Diehl, SB Weisberg. Southern California Bight 2008 Regional Monitoring Program: VII. Water Quality. 2013. Technical Report 710. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Costa Mesa, CA.

Sutula M, H Bailey, S Poucher. Science Supporting Dissolved Oxygen Objectives in California Estuaries. 2013. Technical Report 684. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Costa Mesa, CA.

Sutula M and D. Senn. 2012. Protecting the Estuary from the Harmful Effects of Nutrient Enrichment: The Numeric Nutrient Endpoint Framework. 2012 The Pulse of the Delta: Linking Science & Management through Regional Monitoring. Contribution No. 673. Aquatic Science Center, Richmond, CA.

Sengupta A., M. Sutula, K. McLaughlin, M. Howard, L. Tiefenthaler, T. VonBitner, A. Anselm. Riverine Nutrient Loads, Fluxes, and Sources to the Southern California Bight (USA). 2013. S.B. Weisberg and K. Miller (eds.), Southern California Coastal Water Research Project 2013 Annual Report. Costa Mesa, CA

Sutula, M., L. Green, G. Cicchetti, N. Detenbeck, P. Fong. 2012. Thresholds of adverse effects of macroalgal abundance and sediment organic matter on benthic habitat quality in estuarine intertidal Flats. S.B. Weisberg and K. Miller (eds.), Southern California Coastal Water Research Project Annual Report. Costa Mesa, CA.

Green, L., M. Sutula, and P. Fong. 2012. How much is too much? Identifying benchmarks of adverse effects of macroalgae on the macrobenthic community in estuarine intertidal flats. S.B. Weisberg and K. Miller (eds.), Southern California Coastal Water Research Project Annual Report. Costa Mesa, CA.

McLaughlin, K, M. Sutula, L. Busse, S. Anderson, J. Crooks, R. Dagit, D. Gibson, K. Johnston, and L. Stratton. 2012. A regional survey of extent and magnitude of eutrophication in Southern California Estuaries. S.B. Weisberg and K. Miller (eds.), Southern California Coastal Water Research Project Annual Report. Costa Mesa, CA.

Sengupta, A., M. Sutula, K. McLaughlin, M. Howard, L. Tiefenthaler, T. VonBitner, and A. Anselm. 2012. Riverine nutrient loads and fluxes to the Southern California Bight (USA). S.B. Weisberg and K. Miller (eds.), Southern California Coastal Water Research Project Annual Report. Costa Mesa, CA.

Howard, M., M. Sutula, D. Caron, Y. Chao,. Farrara, H. Frenzel, B. Jones, G. Robertson, K. McLaughlin, and A. Sengupta. 2012. Comparison of natural and anthropogenic nutrient sources in the Southern California Bight. S.B. Weisberg and K. Miller (eds.), Southern California Coastal Water Research Project Annual Report. Costa Mesa, CA.

McLaughlin, K., M. Sutula, L. Busse, S. Anderson, J. Crooks, R. Dagit, D. Gibson, K. Johnston, N. Nezlin, and L. Stratton. 2012. Southern California Bight 2008 Regional Monitoring Program: Estuarine eutrophication assessment. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Costa Mesa, CA.

Sutula, M. and D. Senn. 2012. Protecting the estuary from the harmful effects of nutrient enrichment: The numeric nutrient endpoint framework. pp. 28-39 in: The pulse of the delta: Linking science & management through Regional Monitoring. Contribution No. 673. Aquatic Science Center. Richmond, CA.

Lyon, G. and M. Sutula. 2011. Effluent discharges to the Southern California Bight from large municipal wastewater treatment facilities from 2005 to 2009. pp. 223-237 in: K.C. Schiff and K. Miller (eds.), Southern California Coastal Water Research Project Annual Report. Costa Mesa, CA.

Sutula, M. 2011. Review of indicators for development of nutrient numeric endpoints in California estuaries. Technical Report 646. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Costa Mesa, CA.

McKee, L., M. Sutula, A Gilbreath, J. Beagle, D. Gluchowski and J. Hunt. 2011. Numeric nutrient endpoint development for San Francisco Bay Estuary: Literature review and data gaps analysis. Technical Report 644. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Costa Mesa, CA.

Bernstein, B., K. Merkel, B. Chesney and M. Sutula. 2011. Recommendations for a Southern California Regional Eelgrass Monitoring Program. Technical Report 632. Prepared for the National Marine Fisheries Service. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Costa Mesa, CA.

McLaughlin, K., M. Sutula, J. Cable, P. Fong. 2010. Eutrophication and nutrient cycling in Famosa Slough: A summary of baseline data for monitoring order R9-2006-0076. Technical Report 629. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Costa Mesa, CA.

Solek,C., E.D. Stein, and M.A. Sutula. 2009. Demonstration of an integrated watershed assessment using a three-tiered assessment framework. pp. 109-126 in: K.C. Schiff and K. Miller (eds.), Southern California Coastal Water Research Project 2009 Annual Report. Costa Mesa, CA.

Sutula, M., K. Kamer, and J. Cable. 2009. The importance of benthic nutrient flux in supporting eutrophication in an intermittently tidal coastal lagoon. pp. 75-95 in: K.C. Schiff and K. Miller (eds.), Southern California Coastal Water Research Project 2009 Annual Report. Costa Mesa, CA.

McLaughlin, K. and M. Sutula. 2009. Developing nutrient numeric endpoints and TMDL tools for California estuaries: An implementation plan. 2009. Technical Report 540. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Costa Mesa, CA.

Sutula, M., J.N. Collins, R. Clark, C. Roberts, E. Stein, C. Grosso, A. Wiskind, C. Solek, M. May, K. O'Connor, E. Fetscher, J.L. Grenier, S. Pearce, A. Robinson, C. Clark, K. Rey, S. Morrissette, A. Eicher, R. Pasquinelli, and K. Ritter. 2008. California's Wetland Demonstration Program Pilot - A final project report to the California Resources Agency. Technical Report 572. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Costa Mesa, CA.

Sutula, M., J.N. Collins, A. Wiskind, C. Roberts, C. Solek, S. Pearce, R. Clark, A.E. Fetscher, C. Grosso, K. O'Connor, A. Robinson, C. Clark, K. Rey, S. Morrissette, A. Eicher, R. Pasquinelli, M. May, and K. Ritter. 2008. Status of perennial estuarine wetlands in the state of California: Final report to the Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program and State Water Resources Control Board. Technical Report 571. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Costa Mesa, CA.

Sutula, M., J. Brown, E. Fetscher, M. Mattson, S. Madon, G. Santolo, E. Byron , and C. Stransky. 2008. Habitat value and treatment effectiveness of freshwater urban wetlands. Technical Report 559. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Costa Mesa, CA.

Stein, E.D., M. Sutula, R. Clark, A. Wiskind, and J. Collins. 2007 Improving monitoring and assessment of wetland and riparian areas in California through implementation of a Level 1, 2, 3 framework. Technical Report 555. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Costa Mesa, CA.

Sutula, M., C. Creager, and G. Wortham. 2007. Technical approach to develop nutrient numeric endpoints for California estuaries. Technical Report 516. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Costa Mesa, CA.

Stein, E.D., S. Dark, T. Longcore, N. Hall, M. Beland, R. Grossinger, J. Casanova, and M. Sutula. 2007. Historical ecology and landscape change of the San Gabriel River and floodplain. Technical Report 499. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Costa Mesa, CA.

Dark, S., D.L. Bram, M. Quinones, L.D. Duong, J. Patananan, J. Dooley, M. Antos, F. Bashir, J. Mejia, M. Sutula, and E. Blok. 2006. Wetland and riparian mapping within the rivers and mountains conservancy territory: A landscape profile. Technical Report 519. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Costa Mesa, CA.

Collins, J.N., M. Sutula, E. Stein, M. Odaya, E. Zhang, and K. Larned. 2006 Comparison of methods to map California riparian areas. Technical Report 502. Final report prepared for the California Riparian Habitat Joint Venture. Contribution Number 522. San Francisco Estuary Institute. San Francisco, CA.

Sutula, M., K. Kamer, J. Cable, H. Colis, W. Berelson, and J. Mendez. 2006. Sediments as an internal source of nutrients to Upper Newport Bay, California. Technical Report 482. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Westminster, CA.

Sutula, M., E.D. Stein, and E. Inlander. 2006. Evaluation of a method to cost-effectively map riparian areas in southern California coastal watersheds. Technical Report 480. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Westminster, CA.

Sutula, M., S.M. Bay, G. Santolo, and R. Zembal. 2005. Organochlorine and trace metal contaminants in the food web of the light-footed clapper rail, Upper Newport Bay, California. Technical Report 467. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Westminster, CA.

Sutula, M., K. Kamer, and J. Cable. 2004. Sediments as a non-point source of nutrients to Malibu Lagoon, California (USA). Technical Report 441. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Westminster, CA.

Collins, J., E. Stein, and M. Sutula. 2003. California Rapid Assessment Method for Wetlands, Version 2.0. Prepared for US EPA Region 9. San Franscisco, CA.

Sutula M. and E. Stein. 2003. Habitat Value of Natural and Constructed Wetlands Used to Treat Urban Runoff: A Literature Review. Technical Report 388. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Westminster, CA.

Sutula M., R. Ambrose, J. Callaway, W. Ferren, M. Horn, M. Josselyn, S. Madon, K. Macdonald, K. Schwarz, E. Stein, and S. Weisberg. 2002. Improving regional planning of wetland ecosystem restoration and management: WRP Science Panel Recommendations. Prepared for the Southern California Wetland Recovery Project Governing Board. Santa Barbara, CA.

Sutula M. and J.W. Day Jr. 1994. Exploring the Use of Wetlands for Wastewater Treatment: A Guide for Municipalities and Businesses. Prepared for Louisiana State University. Baton Rouge, LA.