Date of Award


Document Type

Terminal Project

Degree Name

Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA)


Landscape Architecture


Coasts are a unique part of the oceans that provide a habitat for many animal species. Meanwhile, seaside communities become more and more popular in United States. Each year, more than 1.2 million people move to coast. To balance development of seaside communities and preserve wildlife habitat become critical. We have to study how to preserve wildlife habitats from natural hazard and human activities. Three bodies of knowledge are studied in the literature: ecological diversity, coastal wildlife habitat creation/restoration, storm-water management. Then, these areas are researched through case studies focusing on infrastructure design, plants adaption, and storm-water stream. The findings address the Vegetation establishment and habitat linkage as two key elements to consider when doing wildlife habitat restoration in seaside communities. Vegetation can provide habitat for wildlife and filter storm-water. Linkage of wildlife habitats can help forming stable ecosystem and improve the connectivity of the network. Finally, a design application provides an example implementation based on the research.