Victor Rivera headshotVictor H. Rivera-Monroy

Position: Associate Professor, Department of Oceanography & Coastal Sciences

Phone: 225-578-2745

Fax: 225-578-6423


Office: 3209 Energy, Coast and Environment Building

Bachelor's Degree(s): B.S. Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana-Xochimilco, Mexico D.F., 1979

Master's Degrees(s): M.S. Louisiana State University, 1989

Ph.D.(s): Ph.D. Louisiana State University, 1995

Research Interests

Estuarine and coastal ecosystems; biogeochemistry of wetlands; landscape modeling/ecosystem models; coastal management/aquaculture; mangrove forest rehabilitation/restoration; nutrient cycling inwetlands (nitrogen, phosphorus, carbon)

Selected Publications

ResearchGate Profile

Mendez-Alonzo, R., J. Lopez-Portillo, and V.H. Rivera-Monroy. In press. Latitudinal variation in leaf and tree traits of the mangrove Avicennia germinans (Avicenniaceae) in the central region of the Gulf of Mexico Biotropica 10.1111/j.1744-7429.2008.00397.x.

Simard, M., V.H. Rivera-Monroy, J.E. Mancera-Pineda, E. Castaneda-Moya, and R.R. Twilley. 2008. A systematic method for 3D mapping of mangrove forests based on shuttle radar topography mission elevation data, ICEsat/GLAS waveforms and field data: application to Cienaga Grande de Santa Marta, Colombia. Remote Sensing of Environment 112:2131-2144.

Bouillon, S., A.V. Borges, E. Castaneda-Moya, K. Diele, T. Dittmar, N.C. Duke, E. Kristensen, S.Y. Lee, C. Marchand, J.J. Middleburg, V.H. Rivera-Monroy, T.J. Smith, III, and R.R. Twilley. 2008. Mangrove production and carbon sinks: a revision of global budget estimates. Global Biogeochemical Cycles, Vol. 22, GB2013,doi: 10.1029/2007GB003052.

Habib, E., B.F. Larson, W.K. Nuttle, V.H. Rivera-Monroy, B.R. Nelson, E.A. Meselhe, and R.R. Twilley. 2008. Effect of rainfall spatial variability and sampling on salinity prediction in an estuarine system. Journal of Hydrology 350:56-67.

Berger, U., V.H. Rivera-Monroy, F. Dahdouh-Guebas, T.W. Doyle, N. Duke, M. Fontalvo, H. Hildenbrandt, N. Keodam, U. Mehlig, C. Piou, R.R. Twilley. 2008. Advances and limitations of individual-based models to analyze and predict dynamics of mangrove forests. Aquatic Botany 89:260-274.

Poret, N. R.R. Twilley, V.H. Rivera-Monroy, and C. Coronado-Molina. 2007. Belowground decomposition of mangrove roots in Florida coastal Everglades. Estuaries and Coasts 30(3):491-496.

Rivera-Monroy, V.H., K. de Mutsert, R.R. Twilley, E. Castaneda-Moya, M.M. Romigh, and S.E. Davis, III. 2007. Patterns of nutrient exchange in a riverine mangrove forest in the Shark River estuary, Florida, USA. Hydrobiologica 17(2):169-178.

Habib, E., W.K. Nuttle, V.H. Rivera-Monroy, S. Gautam, J. Wang, E. Meselhe, and R.R. Twilley. 2007. Assessing effects of data limitations on salinity forecasting in Barataria Bay, Louisiana, with a Bayesian analysis. Journal of Coastal Research 23(3):749-763.

Castaneda-Moya, E., V.H. Rivera-Monroy, and R.R. Twilley. 2006. Mangrove zonation in the dry life zone of the Gulf of Fonseca, Honduras. Estuaries and Coasts 29(5):751-764.

Krauss, K.W., T.W. Doyle, R.R. Twilley, V.H. Rivera-Monroy, and J.K. Sullivan. 2006. Evaluating the relative effects of hydroperiod and soil fertility as growth constraints in south Florida mangroves. Hydrobiologia 569:311-324.

Recent Publications
Kominoski, J. S., Gaiser, E. E., Castaneda-Moya, E., Davis, S. E., Dessu, S. B., Julian, Paul, II, Lee, D. Y., Marazzi, L., Rivera-Monroy, V. H., Sola, A., Stingl, U., Stumpf, S., Surratt, D., Travieso, R., Troxler, T. G. (2020). Disturbance legacies increase and synchronize nutrient concentrations and bacterial productivity in coastal ecosystems. ECOLOGY.

Castaneda-Moya, E., Rivera-Monroy, V. H., Chambers, R. M., Zhao, X., Lamb-Wotton, L., Gorsky, A., Gaiser, E. E., Troxler, T. G., Kominoski, J. S., Hiatt, M. (2020). Hurricanes fertilize mangrove forests in the Gulf of Mexico (Florida Everglades, USA). PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 117(9), 4831-4841.

Hillmann, E. R., Rivera-Monroy, V. H., Nyman, A., La Peyre, M. K. (2020). Estuarine submerged aquatic vegetation habitat provides organic carbon storage across a shifting landscape. Science of the Total Environment, 717(Article Number: 137217).

Upreti, K., Maiti, K., Rivera-Monroy, V. H. (2019). Microbial mediated sedimentary phosphorus mobilization in emerging and eroding wetlands of coastal Louisiana. SCIENCE OF THE TOTAL ENVIRONMENT, 651, 122-133.

Ruiz-Ramirez, J. D., Euan-Avila, J. I., Rivera-Monroy, V. H. (2019). Vulnerability of Coastal Resort Cities to Mean Sea Level Rise in the Mexican Caribbean. COASTAL MANAGEMENT, 47(1), 23-43.

Rivera-Monroy, V. H., Elliton, C., Narra, S., Meselhe, E., Zhao, X., White, E., Sasser, C. E., Visser, J. M., Meng, X., Wang, H., Xue, Z., Jaramillo, F. (2019). Wetland Biomass and Productivity in Coastal Louisiana: Base Line Data (1976-2015) and Knowledge Gaps for the Development of Spatially Explicit Models for Ecosystem Restoration and Rehabilitation Initiatives. WATER, 11(10).

Rohli, R. V., Ates, S. A., Rivera-Monroy, V. H., Polito, M. J., Midway, S. R., Castañeda-Moya, E., Gold, A. J., Uchida, E., Mangora, M. M., Makoto, S. (2019). Interannual Hydroclimatic Variability in Coastal Tanzania. International Journal of Climatology, 2019, 1-15. DOI: 10.1002/joc.6103

Rivera-Monroy, V. H., Danielson, T. M., Castañeda-Moya, E., Marx, B. D., Travieso, R., Zhao, X., Gaiser, E. E., Farfan, L. M. (2019). Long-term demography and stem productivity of Everglades mangrove forests (Florida, USA): Resistance to hurricane disturbance. Forest Ecology and Management, 440, 79-91.

Ochoa-Gómez, J. G., Lluch-Cota, S. E., Rivera-Monroy, V. H., Lluch-Cotaa, D. B., Troyo-Diéguez, E., Oechel, W., Serviere-Zaragoza, E. (2019). Mangrove wetland productivity and carbon stocks in an arid zone of the Gulf of California (La Paz Bay, Mexico.

Simard, M., Fatoyinbo,, L., Charlotte, S., Rivera-Monroy, V. H., Castaneda-Moya, E., Thomas, N., Van der Stocken,, T. (2019). Mangrove canopy height globally related to precipitation, temperature and cyclone frequency. Nature Geosience, 651, 22-133.

Osland, M., Feher, L. C., Lopez-Portillo, J., Day, R., Suman, D. O., Guzman Menendez, J. M., Rivera-Monroy, V. H. (2018). Mangrove forests in a rapidly changing world: Global change impacts and conservation opportunities along the Gulf of Mexico coast. ESTUARINE COASTAL AND SHELF SCIENCE, 214, 120-140.

Jaramillo, F., Brown, I., Castellazzi, P., Espinosa, L., Guittard, A., Hong, S.-H., Rivera-Monroy, V. H., Wdowinski, S. (2018). Assessment of hydrologic connectivity in an ungauged wetland with InSAR observations. ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH LETTERS, 13(2).

Ochoa-Gomez, J. G., Serviere-Zaragoza, E., Lluch-Cota, D. B., Rivera-Monroy, V. H., Oechel, W., Troyo-Dieguez, E., Lluch-Cota, S. E. (2018). Structural Complexity and Biomass of Arid Zone Mangroves in the Southwestern Gulf of California: Key Factors That Influence Fish Assemblages. JOURNAL OF COASTAL RESEARCH, 34(4), 979-986.

Robertson, M., Midway, S., West, L., Tillya, H., Rivera-Monroy, V. H. (2018). Fishery characteristics in two districts of coastal Tanzania. OCEAN & COASTAL MANAGEMENT, 254-268.

Danielson, T. M., Rivera-Monroy, V. H., Castaneda-Moya, E., Briceno, H., Travieso, R., Marx, B. D., Gaiser, E., Farfan, L. M. (2017). Assessment of Everglades mangrove forest resilience: Implications for above-ground net primary productivity and carbon dynamics. FOREST ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT, 404, 115-125.

Breithaupt, J. L., Smoak, J. M., Rivera-Monroy, V. H., Castaneda-Moya, E., Moyer, R. P., Simard, M., Sanders, C. J. (2017). Partitioning the relative contributions of organic matter and mineral sediment to accretion rates in carbonate platform mangrove soils. MARINE GEOLOGY, 390, 170-180.

Wang, H., Steyer, G. D., Couvillion, B. R., Beck, H. J., Rybczyk, J. M., Rivera-Monroy, V. H., Krauss, K. W., Visser, J. M. (2017). Predicting landscape effects of Mississippi River diversions on soil organic carbon sequestration. ECOSPHERE, 8(11).

Rovai, A. S., Twilley, R. R., Castañeda-Moya, E., Rivera-Monroy, V. H., Williams, A. A., Simard, M., Cifuentes-Jara, M., Lewis, R. R., Crooks, S., Horta, P. A., Schaeffer-Novelli, Y., Cintron, G., Pozo-Cajas, M., Pagliosa, P. R. (2016). Scaling mangrove aboveground biomass from site-level to continental scale. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 25(3), 286-298.

Jerath, M., Bhat, M., Rivera-Monroy, V. H., Castaneda-Moya, E., Simard, M., Twilley, R. R. (2016). The role of economic, policy, and ecological factors in estimating the value of carbon stocks in Everglades mangrove forests, South Florida, USA. ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & POLICY, 66, 160-169.

Gaiser, E., Castaneda-Moya, E., Collado-Vides, L., Fourqurean, J., Heithaus, M., Jaffe, R., Lagomasino, D., Price, R., Rivera-Monroy, V. H., Chowdhury, R. R. (2015). New perspectives on an iconic landscape from comparative international long-term ecological research. Ecosphere, 6(10), 1-18.

Yao, Q., Liu, K.-B., Platt, W. J., Rivera-Monroy, V. H. (2015). Palynological reconstruction of environmental changes in coastal wetlands of the Florida Everglades since the mid-Holocene. QUATERNARY RESEARCH, 83(3), 449-458.

Wang, H., Steyer, G. D., Couvillion, B. R., Rybczyk, J. M., Beck, H. J., Sleavin, W. J., Meselhe, E. A., Allison, M. A., Boustany, R. G., Fischenich, C. J., Rivera-Monroy, V. H. (2014). Forecasting landscape effects of Mississippi River diversions on elevation and accretion in Louisiana deltaic wetlands under future environmental uncertainty scenarios. Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science, 138, 57-68.

Stalker, J. C., Price, R. M., Rivera-Monroy, V. H., Herrera-Silveira, J., Morales, S., Benitez, J. A., Alonzo-Parra, D. (2014). Hydrologic Dynamics of a Subtropical Estuary Using Geochemical Tracers, Celestun, Yucatan, Mexico. Estuaries and Coasts, 37, 1376-1387.

Varona-Cordero, F., Gutierrez-Mendieta, F. J., Rivera-Monroy, V. H. (2014). In Situ Response of Phytoplankton to Nutrient Additions in a Tropical Coastal Lagoon, (La Mancha, Veracruz, Mexico). Estuaries and Coasts, 37, 1353-1375.

Suarez-Abelenda, M., Ferreira, T. O., Campus-Arbestain, M., Rivera-Monroy, V. H., Macias, F., Nobrega, G. N., Otero, X. L. (2014). The effect of nutrient-rich effluents from shrimp farming on mangrove soil carbon storage and geochemistry under semi-arid climate conditions in northern Brazil. Geoderma, 213, 551-559.

Farfan, L. M., D'Sa, E. J., Liu, K.-B., Rivera-Monroy, V. H. (2014). Tropical Cyclone Impacts on Coastal Regions: the Case of the Yucatan and the Baja California Peninsulas, Mexico. Estuaries and Coasts, 37, 1388-1402.