My primary interests are in coastal resource management issues including: the evaluation of wetland mitigation/compensation projects, the cumulative impact of construction activity on estuarine resources and water quality, the classification and evaluation of tidal and non-tidal wetlands and the beneficial uses of dredged material.
Current research projects involve the restoration of tidal marshes invaded by Phragmites australis, construction of a tidal wetland designed to treat stormwater runoff, and the identification and evaluation of potential wetland restoration sites on the Elizabeth River.
Havens, K. J., W. I. Priest and H. Berquist. The investigation of Phragmites australis within Virginia's constructed wetlands sites. Environmental Management. (In press)
Priest, W. I., C. W. Frye, J. Nestlerode and R. J. Byrne. 1996. Beneficial uses of dredged material from the Waterway on the Coast of Virginia (WCV). Special Report No. 330 in Applied Marine Science and Ocean Engineering. Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Gloucester Point, VA 23062. 60 pp.
Priest, W. I. and K. J. Hopkins. 1996. Historic losses of wetland habitat in the Elizabeth River. Final Contract Report, Virginia Coastal Resources Management Program, Department of Environmental Quality, Richmond, VA. 8pp.