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Year Published: 2017

An Expert Elicitation Process To Project the Frequency and Magnitude of Florida Manatee Mortality Events Caused by Red Tide (Karenia brevis)

Red tides (blooms of the harmful alga Karenia brevis) are one of the major sources of mortality for the Florida manatee (Trichechus manatus latirostris), especially in southwest Florida. It has been hypothesized that the frequency and severity of red tides may increase in the future because of global climate change and other factors. To improve...

Martin, Julien; Runge, Michael C.; Flewelling, Leanne J.; Deutsch, Charles J.; Landsberg, Jan H.
Martin, Julien, Runge, M.C., Flewelling, L.J., Deutsch, C.J., and Landsberg, J.H., 2017, An expert elicitation process to project the frequency and magnitude of Florida manatee mortality events caused by red tide (Karenia brevis): U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2017–1132, 17 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20171132.

Year Published: 2017

A spatial approach to combatting wildlife crime

Poaching can have devastating impacts on animal and plant numbers, and in many countries has reached crisis levels, with illegal hunters employing increasingly sophisticated techniques. Here, we show how geographic profiling – a mathematical technique originally developed in criminology and recently applied to animal foraging and epidemiology –...

Faulkner, Sally C.; Stevens, Michael C.A.; Romanach, Stephanie; Lindsey, Peter A.; LeComber, Steven C.
Faulkner, S.C., Stevens, M.C.A., Romañach, S.S., Lindsey, P.A. and Le Comber, S.C., 2017, A spatial approach to combatting wildlife crime: Conservation Biology, Accepted Articles, https://doi.org/10.1111/cobi.13027.

Year Published: 2017

Modeling the compensatory response of an invasive tree to specialist insect herbivory

The severity of the effects of herbivory on plant fitness can be moderated by the ability of plants to compensate for biomass loss. Compensation is an important component of the ecological fitness in many plants, and has been shown to reduce the effects of pests on agricultural plant yields. It can also reduce the effectiveness of biocontrol...

Zhang, Bo; Liu, Xin; DeAngelis, Don; Zhai, Lu; Rayamajhi, Min B.; Ju, Shu
Zhang, B., Liu, X., DeAngelis, D.L., Zhai, L., Rayamajhi, M.B., and Ju, S., 2017, Modeling the compensatory response of an invasive tree to specialist insect herbivory: Biological Control, In Press, Accepted Manuscript, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocontrol.2017.11.002.

Year Published: 2017

eDNAoccupancy: An R package for multi-scale occupancy modeling of environmental DNA data

In this article we describe eDNAoccupancy, an R package for fitting Bayesian, multi-scale occupancy models. These models are appropriate for occupancy surveys that include three, nested levels of sampling: primary sample units within a study area, secondary sample units collected from each primary unit, and replicates of each secondary sample unit...

Dorazio, Robert; Erickson, Richard A.
Dorazio, R.M., and Erickson, R.A., 2017, eDNAoccupancy: an R package for multi-scale occupancy modeling of environmental DNA data: Molecular Ecology Resources, Accepted Author Manuscript, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1755-0998.12735.

Year Published: 2017

Mangrove ecosystems under climate change

This chapter assesses the response of mangrove ecosystems to possible outcomes of climate change, with regard to the following categories: (i) distribution, diversity, and community composition, (ii) physiology of flora and fauna, (iii) water budget, (iv) productivity and remineralization, (v) carbon storage in biomass and sediments, and (vi) the...

Jennerjahn, T.C.; Gilman, E.; Krauss, Ken W.; Lacerda, L.D.; Nordhaus, I.; Wolanski, E.
Jennerjahn, T.C., Gilman, E., Krauss, K.W., Lacerda, L.D., Nordhaus, I., and Wolanski, E., 2017, Mangrove ecosystems under climate change, in Rivera-Monroy, V.H., Lee, S.Y., Kristensen, E., and Twilley, R.R., eds., Mangrove Ecosystems: A Global Biogeographic Perspective, Springer, Chap. 7, p. 211-244, https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-62206-4_7.

Year Published: 2017

Osmoregulation and muscle water control in vitro facing salinity stress of the Amazon fish Oscar Astronotus ocellatus (Cichlidae)

Specimens of Oscar Astronotus ocellatus from a fish farm were abruptly submitted to salt stress of 14 ppt and 20 ppt, for 3 and 8 h to determine their plasma osmolality. Muscle wet body mass change in vitro was analyzed from control freshwater animals. Fish in 14 ppt presented no osmolality distress even after 8 h. In...

Gutierre, Silvia M. M.; Schulte, Jessica M.; Schofield, Pam; Prodocimo, Viviane
Gutierre, S.M.M., Schulte, J.M., Schofield, P.J., and Prodocimo, V., 2017, Osmoregulation and muscle water control in vitro facing salinity stress of the Amazon fish Oscar Astronotus ocellatus (Cichlidae): Marine and Freshwater Behaviour and Physiology, Published Online, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10236244.2017.1387480.

Year Published: 2017

A new framework for analysing automated acoustic species-detection data: occupancy estimation and optimization of recordings post-processing

The development and use of automated species-detection technologies, such as acoustic recorders, for monitoring wildlife are rapidly expanding. Automated classification algorithms provide a cost- and time-effective means to process information-rich data, but often at the cost of additional detection errors. Appropriate methods are necessary to...

Chambert, Thierry; Waddle, J. Hardin; Miller, David A.W.; Walls, Susan; Nichols, James D.
Chambert, T., Waddle, J.H., Miller, D.A.W., Walls, S.C., and Nichols, J.D., 2017, A new framework for analyzing automated acoustic species-detection data: occupancy estimation and optimization of recordings post-processing: Methods in Ecology and Evolution, Accepted Articles, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/2041-210X.12910.

Year Published: 2017

Revision of the jawfish genus Lonchopisthus with description of a new Atlantic species (Teleostei: Opistognathidae)

Synonymies, diagnoses, descriptions, illustrations, an identification key, and meristic frequency tables are provided for all species of Lonchopisthus. Most of the skeletal anatomy of L. higmani is also illustrated. A new jawfish, Lonchopisthus ancistrus n. sp., is described from the Gulf of Mexico and off Honduras based on 21 specimens 41–89 mm...

Smith-Vaniz, William F.; Walsh, Stephen J.
Smith-Vaniz, W.F., and Walsh, S.J., 2017, Revision of the jawfish genus Lonchopisthus with description of a new Atlantic species (Teleostei: Opistognathidae): Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation, v. 28, p. 52-89, http://dx.doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1001056.

Year Published: 2017

Linear and nonlinear effects of temperature and precipitation on ecosystem properties in tidal saline wetlands

Climate greatly influences the structure and functioning of tidal saline wetland ecosystems. However, there is a need to better quantify the effects of climatic drivers on ecosystem properties, particularly near climate-sensitive ecological transition zones. Here, we used climate- and literature-derived ecological data from tidal saline wetlands...

Feher, Laura C.; Osland, Michael J.; Griffith, Kereen T.; Grace, James B.; Howard, Rebecca J.; Stagg, Camille L.; Enwright, Nicholas M.; Krauss, Ken W.; Gabler, Christopher A.; Day, Richard H.; Rogers, Kerrylee
Feher, L.C., Osland, M.J., Griffith, K.T., Grace, J.B., Howard, R.J., Stagg, C.L., Enwright, N.M., Krauss, K.W., Gabler, C.A., Day, R.H., and Rogers, K., 2017, Linear and nonlinear effects of temperature and precipitation on ecosystem properties in tidal saline wetlands: Ecosphere, v. 8, no. 10, art. e01956, https://doi.org/10.1002/ecs2.1956.

Year Published: 2017

Food-web dynamics and isotopic niches in deep-sea communities residing in a submarine canyon and on the adjacent open slopes

Examination of food webs and trophic niches provide insights into organisms' functional ecology, yet few studies have examined trophodynamics within submarine canyons, where the interaction of canyon morphology and oceanography influences habitat provision and food deposition. Using stable isotope analysis and Bayesian ellipses, we documented deep...

Demopoulos, Amanda; McClain-Counts, Jennifer; Ross, Steve W.; Brooke, Sandra; Mienis, Furu
Demopoulos, A.W.J., McClain-Counts, J.P., Ross, S.W., Brooke, S., and Mienis, F., 2017, Food-web dynamics and isotopic niches in deep-sea communities residing in a submarine canyon and on the adjacent open slopes: Marine Ecology Progress Series, v. 578, p. 19-33, https://doi.org/10.3354/meps12231.

Year Published: 2017

Alligator mississippiensis (American Alligator): Novel non-native prey

American Alligators are opportunistic predators and their food habits have been well studied (Elsey et al. 1992. Proc. Annu. Conf. Southeast. Assoc. Fish Wildl. Agencies 46:57–66, and references therein and below). Composition of A. mississippiensis diet often varies due to regional limitation in prey availability (Neill 1971. The Last of the...

Elsey, Ruth M.; Ledet, Eric; Carter, Jacoby
Elsey, R.M., Ledet, E., and Carter, J., 2017, Alligator mississippiensis (American Alligator): Novel non-native prey: Herpetological Review, v. 48, no. 3, p. 627-628.

Year Published: 2017

Genetic composition and connectivity of the Antillean manatee (Trichechus manatus manatus) in Panama

Genetic diversity and haplotype composition of the West Indian manatee (Trichechus manatus) population from the San San Pond Sak wetland in Bocas del Toro, Panama was studied using a segment of mitochondrial DNA (D’loop). No genetic information has been published to date for Panamanian populations. Due to the secretive behavior and small...

Díaz-Ferguson, Edgardo; Hunter, Margaret; Guzmán, Héctor M.
Diaz-Ferguson, E., Hunter, M., and Guzman, H.M., 2017, Genetic composition and connectivity of the Antillean manatee (Trichechus manatus manatus) in Panama: Aquatic Mammals, v. 43, no. 4, p 378-386, https://doi.org/10.1578/AM.43.4.2017.378.