Gund Graduate Fellow, Rubenstein School for Environment and Natural Resources

Adrian is a PhD student in the Nutrient Cycling and Ecological Design Lab at UVM. The goal of his research is to develop performance indices for wetland restoration and landscape phosphorus management. Adrian combines water sampling, biogeochemistry, geostatistics and modeling to quantify and predict phosphorus retention in riparian wetlands of the Lake Champlain Basin. Adrian is also fascinated by biophysical economics and macroecology, disciplines that study how resource scarcity and societal adaptation impact economic development and sustainability. Adrian actively applies these concepts to evaluate management and inform ecological engineering in wetlands and floodplains.


Refereed Articles:

R.G. Hunter, J.W. Day, A.R.H Wiegman, and R.R. Lane, (2018). Municipal wastewater treatment costs with an emphasis on assimilation wetlands in the Louisiana coastal zone. Ecological Engineering.

J.S. Rutherford, J.W. Day, C.F. D’Elia, A.R.H. Wiegman, C.S. Willson, R.H. Caffey, G.P. Shaffer, R.L. Lane, D Batker, (2018). Evaluating trade-offs of a large, infrequent sediment diversion for restoration of a forested wetland in the Mississippi delta. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science.

C.A.S. Hall, F. Knickmeyer, A.R.H. Wiegman, A. Brainard, A.R. Diaz, C. Huynh, J.V. Mead, (2018). A class exercise for systems ecology: synthesis of stream energetics and testing allen’s paradox. Ecological Modeling.

J.W. Day, C.F. D’Elia, A.R.H. Wiegman, J.S. Rutherford, R.R. Lane, D. Dismukes, (2018). The Energy Pillars of Society: Perverse Interactions Among Human Resource Use, the Economy, and Environmental Degradation. Biophysical Economics and Resource Quality.

A.R.H. Wiegman, J. W. Day, C. F. D’Elia, E.D. Roy, J.S. Rutherford, G.P Kemp, J.T. Morris, R.R. Lane. (2017). The impact of sea-level rise, oil prices, and management strategy on the costs and benefits of sustaining Mississippi Delta marshes with hydraulic dredging. Science of the Total Environment. Volume 618, 15 March 2018, Pages 1547-1559.

J.W. Day, R.R. Lane, C.F. D'Elia, A.R.H. Wiegman, J.S. Rutherford, G.P. Shaffer, C.G. Brantley, G.P. Kemp, (2016). Large infrequently operated river diversions for Mississippi Delta restoration. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science Volume 183, p. 292-303.

Edited Book Chapters:

A.R.H. Wiegman, J.S. Rutherford, J.W. Day, (2018). The Costs and Sustainability of Ongoing Efforts to Restore and Protect Louisiana’s Coast. In Mississippi Delta Restoration (pp. 93-111). Springer, Cham.

J.S. Rutherford, A.R.H Wiegman, J.W. Day, R.R. Lane. (2018). Energy and Climate–Global Trends and Their Implications for Delta Restoration. In Mississippi Delta Restoration (pp. 77-92). Springer, Cham.

J.W. Day, R.R. Lane, C.F. D'Elia, A.R.H. Wiegman, J.S. Rutherford, G.P. Shaffer, C.G. Brantley, G.P. Kemp. 2018. Large infrequently operated river diversions for Mississippi delta restoration. In Mississippi Delta Restoration (pp. 113-133). Springer, Cham.

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Wetlands and aquatic ecosystems; wetland restoration; biogeochemistry; nutrient cycling; phosphorus; biophysical economics; systems ecology; ecological engineering


  • MS, Oceanography & Coastal Sciences, Louisiana State University
  • BS, Environmental Studies, SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry