Wetland and Aquatic Research Center

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Year Published: 2021

A protocol for modelling generalised biological responses using latent variables in structural equation models

In this paper we consider the problem of how to quantitatively characterize the degree to which a study object exhibits a generalized response. By generalized response, we mean a multivariate response where numerous individual properties change in concerted fashion due to some internal integration. In latent variable structural equation modeling (...

Akomolafe, Gbenga; Grace, James; Steiner, Magdalena

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Instrumental variable methods in structural equation models

Instrumental variable regression (RegIV) provides a means for detecting and correcting parameter bias in causal models. Widely used in economics, recently several papers have highlighted its potential utility for ecological applications. Little attention has thus far been paid to the fact that IV methods can also be implemented within structural...

Morrissey, Michael; Grace, James

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Extreme precipitation and flooding contribute to sudden vegetation dieback in a coastal salt marsh

Climate extremes are becoming more frequent with global climate change and have the potential to cause major ecological regime shifts. Along the northern Gulf of Mexico, a coastal wetland in Texas suffered sudden vegetation dieback following an extreme precipitation and flooding event associated with Hurricane Harvey in 2017. Historical salt marsh...

Stagg, Camille; Osland, Michael; Moon, Jena A.; Feher, Laura; Laurenzano, Claudia; Lane, Tiffany C.; Jones, William; Hartley, Stephen

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First documentation of long-distance travel by a Florida manatee to the Mexican Caribbean

West Indian manatees (Trichechus manatus) are separated into two allopatric subspecies: the Florida manatee (T. m. latirostris) and the Antillean manatee (T. m. manatus). In the winter of 2020–2021, an adult manatee was sighted off the coast of Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico, in areas where Antillean manatees are not typically seen. The individual...

Castelblanco-Martínez, Nataly; Álvarez-Alemán, Anmari; Torres, Raul; Teague, Amy L.; Barton, Sheri; Rood, Kari A; Ramos, Eric A; Mignucci-Giannoni, Antonio A.

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Watershed and estuarine controls both influence plant community and tree growth changes in tidal freshwater forested wetlands along two U.S. mid-Atlantic rivers

The tidal freshwater zone near the estuarine head-of-tide is potentially sensitive to both sea-level rise and associated salinity increases as well as changing watershed inputs of freshwater and nutrients. We evaluated the vegetation response of tidal freshwater forested wetlands (TFFW) to changes in nontidal river versus estuarine controls along...

Noe, Gregory B.; Bourg, Norman A; Krauss, Ken; Duberstein, Jamie A.; Hupp, Cliff R.

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Using ALOS-2 synthetic aperture radar (SAR) and interferometric SAR to detect landslides on the mountainous island of Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia

This study was undertaken by the U.S. Geological Survey to assess the detectability of landslides in the densely forested and mountainous island of Pohnpei in the Federated States of Micronesia. The study used existing field-observed land-cover changes and landslides visible on Google Earth (GE) images. A limited number of ALOS-2 PALSAR-2 L-band...

Ramsey III, Elijah W.; Rangoonwala, Amina
Ramsey, E.W., III, and Rangoonwala, A., 2021, Using ALOS-2 synthetic aperture radar (SAR) and interferometric SAR to detect landslides on the mountainous island of Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2021–1084, 28 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20211084.

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New amphibian and reptile parish records from Louisiana, USA

Dundee and Rossman (1989) published distribution maps of Louisiana herpetofaunal species in The Amphibians and Reptiles of Louisiana over 30 years ago. Since then many records have been published, mostly in Herpetological Review, documenting additions to these original maps. Though many are single species additions, several compilations of new...

Glorioso, Brad

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The Everglades vulnerability analysis—Integrating ecological models and addressing uncertainty

The Everglades vulnerability analysis (EVA) is a project led by the U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the National Park Service and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to accomplish one of the science goals of Restoration Coordination & Verification (RECOVER), a multiagency group responsible for providing scientific and technical evaluations...

D’Acunto, Laura E.; Romañach, Stephanie S.; Haider, Saira M.; Hackett, Caitlin E.; Nestler, Jennifer H.; Shinde, Dilip; Pearlstine, Leonard G.
D’Acunto, L.E., Romañach, S.S., Haider, S.M., Hackett, C.E., Nestler, J.H., Shinde, D., and Pearlstine, L.G., 2021, The Everglades vulnerability analysis—Integrating ecological models and addressing uncertainty: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2021–3033, 4 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20213033.

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Regeneration trends along climate gradients in Taxodium distichum forests of the southeastern United States

The development of relict vegetation at the edges of some ecosystems has taken place particularly in environments where the regeneration of foundational species is declining. As an important stage of regeneration in the Taxodium distichum, this study explored the relationship of cone volume and seed number across environmental gradients in...

Middleton, Beth; Lei, Ting; Villegas, Omag; Liu, Xiaohui

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Grassland live fractional cover map creation and Geographic Information System (GIS) analysis for rangeland management supporting Kenya Northern Rangelands Trust Conservancies

The handbooks and synchronized MP4 recordings provide hands-on instruction for creating and analyzing vegetation live fractional cover (LFC) maps. The methods and protocols used in the instruction materials follow those developed and recorded in Rangoonwala and Ramsey (2019). The LFC mapping and geographic information system (GIS) analyses...

Rangoonwala, Amina; Ramsey, Elijah
Rangoonwala, A., and Ramsey, E., III, 2021, Grassland live fractional cover map creation and Geographic Information System (GIS) analysis for rangeland management supporting Kenya Northern Rangelands Trust Conservancies: U.S. Geological Survey Report 2021–1001, 59 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20211001.

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Seasonal controls on sediment delivery and hydrodynamics in a vegetated tidally influenced interdistributary island

River deltas are maintained by a continuous supply of terrestrial sediments that provide critical land building material to help sustain and protect vulnerable ecological communities and serve as natural storm protection barriers. Local hydrodynamics are important in determining the degree to which fluvial sediments are removed from the water...

Styles, Richard; Snedden, Gregg; Smith, S. Jarrell; Bryant, Duncan B.; Boyd, Brandon M.; Gailani, Joseph Z.; Couvillion, Brady; Race, Edward

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Abundance of Gulf Coast Waterdogs (Necturus beyeri) along Bayou Lacombe, Saint Tammany Parish, Louisiana

Few ecological studies have been conducted on Gulf Coast Waterdogs (Necturus beyeri), and published studies have focused on relatively small stream sections of 125 m to 1.75 km. In 2015, we sampled 25 sites along a 13.4-km stretch of Bayou Lacombe (Saint Tammany Parish, Louisiana, USA) to better understand factors that may influence the...

Glorioso, Brad; Waddle, Hardin; Muse, Lindy J.; Godfrey, Sidney T