Gail L. Chmura

Gail L. Chmura

Professor, Department of Geography, McGill University (Montréal, QC)

June 24, 2021

Gail Chmura has conducted research on tidal wetlands along both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, and over a wide range of latitudes, from Hudson Bay to the Bay of Bengal. As a Fulbright Scholar, she conducted research at the Netherlands Institute for Sea Research. Through a U.S. National Research Council Fellowship, she conducted research at the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory, Atlantic Ecology Division. Additionally, as a National Sea Grant Fellow, Dr. Chmura served as legislative aide to the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Fisheries and Wildlife Conservation and the Environment.

Dr. Chmura was a lead author of the Coastal Wetlands chapter of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 2013 publication Guidelines on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories: Wetlands. She has published over 90 articles and book chapters covering topics such as tidal marsh response to sea level change, impacts of climate change and human perturbations on coastal ecosystems, and ecosystem services of natural and recovering salt marshes. Her  present research is largely focused on blue carbon with projects on assessment of soil carbon stocks and rates as well as greenhouse gases fluxes in salt marshes.

She has a PhD in Marine Sciences from Louisiana State University, a Master of Science in Plant and Soil Science from the University of Rhode Island, and a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Biology from the University of Massachusetts.


Role: Panel Member
Report: Canada’s Carbon Sink Potential