Wetland and Aquatic Research Center

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Year Published: 2018

Faunal and vegetation monitoring in response to harbor dredging in the Port of Miami

Seagrasses are highly productive ecosystems. A before-after-control-impact (BACI) design was used to examine effects of dredging on seagrasses and the animals that inhabit them. The control site North Biscayne Bay and the affected site Port of Miami had seagrass densities decrease during both the before, Fish and Invertebrate Assessment Network...

Daniels, Andre; Stevenson, Rachael; Smith, Erin; Robblee, Michael
Daniels, A., Stevenson, R., Smith, E., and Robblee, M., 2018, Faunal and vegetation monitoring in response to harbor dredging in the Port of Miami: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2018–1052, 38 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20181052.

Year Published: 2018

Non-native fishes of the central Indian River Lagoon

We provide a comprehensive review of the status of non-native fishes in the central Indian River Lagoon (from Cape Canaveral to Grant-Valkaria, east of I-95) through literature review and field surveys. Historical records exist for 17 taxa (15 species, one hybrid, one species complex). We found historical records for one additional species, and...

Schofield, Pamela J.; Loftus, William F.; Reaver, Kristen M.
Schofield, P.J., Loftus, W.F., and Reaver, K.M., 2018, Non-native fishes of the central Indian River Lagoon: Florida Scientist, v. 81, no. 1, p. 12-24.

Year Published: 2018

Early growth interactions between a mangrove and an herbaceous salt marsh species are not affected by elevated CO2 or drought

Increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations are likely to influence future distributions of plants and plant community structure in many regions of the world through effects on photosynthetic rates. In recent decades the encroachment of woody mangrove species into herbaceous marshes has been documented along the U.S. northern Gulf...

Howard, Rebecca J.; Stagg, Camille L.; Utomo, Herry S.
Howard, R.J., Stagg, C.L., and Utomo, H.S., 2018, Early growth interactions between a mangrove and an herbaceous salt marsh species are not affected by elevated CO2 or drought: Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, v. 207, p. 74-81, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecss.2018.03.026.

Year Published: 2018

Wetlands in a changing climate: Science, policy and management

Part 1 of this review synthesizes recent research on status and climate vulnerability of freshwater and saltwater wetlands, and their contribution to addressing climate change (carbon cycle, adaptation, resilience). Peatlands and vegetated coastal wetlands are among the most carbon rich sinks on the planet sequestering approximately as much carbon...

Moomaw, William R.; Chmura, G.L.; Davies, Gillian T.; Finlayson, Max; Middleton, Beth A.; Natali, Sue M.; Perry, James; Roulet, Nigel; Sutton-Grier, Ariana
Moomaw, W.R., Chmura, G.L., Davies, G.T., Finlayson, C.M., Middleton, B.A., Natali, S.M., Perry, J.E., Roulet, N., and Sutton-Grier, A.E., 2018, Wetlands in a changing climate: science, policy and management: Wetlands, First Online, https://doi.org/10.1007/s13157-018-1023-8.

Year Published: 2018

Movements and habitat use locations of manatees within Kings Bay Florida during the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge winter season (November 15–March 31)

Kings Bay, Florida, is one of the most important natural winter habitat locations for the federally threatened Trichechus manatus latirostris (Florida manatee). Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1983 specifically to provide protection for manatees and their critical habitat. To aid managers at the refuge and other agencies...

Slone, Daniel H.; Butler, Susan M.; Reid, James P.
Slone, D.H., Butler, S.M., and Reid, J.P., 2018, Movements and habitat use locations of manatees within Kings Bay Florida during the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge winter season (November 15–March 31): U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2018–1051, 11 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20181051.

Year Published: 2018

Herbivory and eutrophication mediate grassland plant nutrient responses across a global climatic gradient

Plant stoichiometry, the relative concentration of elements, is a key regulator of ecosystem functioning and is also being altered by human activities. In this paper we sought to understand the global drivers of plant stoichiometry and compare the relative contribution of climatic vs. anthropogenic effects. We addressed this goal by measuring...

Anderson, T. Michael; Griffith, Daniel M.; Grace, James B.; Lind, Eric M.; Adler, Peter B.; Biederman, Lori A.; Blumenthal, Dana M.; Daleo, Pedro; Firn, Jennifer; Hagenah, Nicole; Harpole, W. Stanley; MacDougall, Andrew S.; McCulley, Rebecca L.; Prober, Suzanne M.; Risch, Anita C.; Sankaran, Mahesh; Schütz, Martin; Seabloom, Eric W.; Stevens, Carly J.; Sullivan, Lauren; Wragg, Peter; Borer, Elizabeth T.
Anderson, T.M., Griffith, D.M., Grace, J.B., Lind, E.M., Adler, P.B., Biederman, L.A., Blumenthal, D.M., Daleo, P., Firn, J., Hagenah, N., Harpole, W.S., MacDougall, A.S., McCulley, R.L., Prober, S.M., Risch, A.C., Sankaran, M., Schutz, M., Seabloom, E.W., Stevens, C.J., Sullivan, L.L., Wragg, P.D., and Borer, E.T., 2018, Herbivory and eutrophication mediate grassland plant nutrient responses across a global climatic gradient: Ecology, Early View, https://doi.org/10.1002/ecy.2175.

Year Published: 2018

Sperm quality biomarkers complement reproductive and endocrine parameters in investigating environmental contaminants in common carp (Cyprinus carpio) from the Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Lake Mead National Recreational Area (LMNRA) serves as critical habitat for several federally listed species and supplies water for municipal, domestic, and agricultural use in the Southwestern U.S. Contaminant sources and concentrations vary among the sub-basins within LMNRA. To investigate whether exposure to environmental contaminants is...

Jenkins, Jill A.; Rosen, Michael R.; Dale, Rassa O.; Echols, Kathy R.; Torres, Leticia; Wieser, Carla M.; Kersten, Constance A.; Goodbred, Steven L.
Jenkins, J.A., Rosen, M.R., Draugelis-Dale, R.O., Echols, K.R., Torres, Leticia, Wieser, C.M., Kersten, C.A., and Goodbred, S.L., 2018, Sperm quality biomarkers complement reproductive and endocrine parameters in investigating environmental contaminants in common carp (Cyprinus carpio) from the Lake Mead National Recreation Area: Environmental Research, v. 163, p. 149-164, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envres.2018.01.041.

Year Published: 2018

Microspatial ecotone dynamics at a shifting range limit: plant–soil variation across salt marsh–mangrove interfaces

Ecotone dynamics and shifting range limits can be used to advance our understanding of the ecological implications of future range expansions in response to climate change. In the northern Gulf of Mexico, the salt marsh–mangrove ecotone is an area where range limits and ecotone dynamics can be studied in tandem as recent decreases in winter...

Yando, Erik S.; Osland, Michael J.; Hester, Mark H.
Yando, E.S., Osland, M.J., and Hester, M.W., 2018, Microspatial ecotone dynamics at a shifting range limit: plant–soil variation across salt marsh–mangrove interfaces: Oecologia, First Online, 13 p., https://doi.org/10.1007/s00442-018-4098-2.

Year Published: 2018

Coping with constraints: Achieving effective conservation with limited resources

Conservation resources have become increasingly limited and, along with social, cultural and political complexities, this shortfall frequently challenges effectiveness in conservation. Because conservation can be costly, efforts are often only initiated after a species has declined below a critical threshold and/or when statutory protection is...

Walls, Susan
Walls, S.C., 2018, Coping with constraints: achieving effective conservation with limited resources: Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, v. 6, art. 24, 8 p., https://doi.org/10.3389/fevo.2018.00024.

Year Published: 2018

Pilot testing and protocol development of giant applesnail suppression at Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge, Louisiana—July–October 2017

This report provides an overview of the pilot study and description of the techniques developed for a future mitigation study of Pomacea maculata (giant applesnail) at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge, Louisiana (MNWR). Egg mass suppression is a potential strategy for the mitigation of the invasive giant...

Carter, Jacoby; Merino, Sergio
Carter, Jacoby, and Merino, Sergio, 2018, Pilot testing and protocol development of giant applesnail suppression at Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge, Louisiana—July–October 2017: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2018-1041, 17 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20181041.

Year Published: 2018

Context-dependent interactions and the regulation of species richness in freshwater fish

Species richness is regulated by a complex network of scale-dependent processes. This complexity can obscure the influence of limiting species interactions, making it difficult to determine if abiotic or biotic drivers are more predominant regulators of richness. Using integrative modeling of freshwater fish richness from 721 lakes along an...

MacDougall, Andrew S.; Harvey, Eric; McCune, Jenny L.; Nilsson, Karin A.; Bennett, Joseph; Firn, Jennifer; Bartley, Timothy; Grace, James B.; Kelly, Jocelyn; Tunney, Tyler D.; McMeans, Bailey; Matsuzaki, Shin-Ichiro S.; Kadoya, Taku; Esch, Ellen; Cazelles, Kevin; Lester, Nigel; McCann, Kevin S.
MacDougall, A.S., Harvey, Eric, McCune, J.L., Nilsson, K.A., Bennett, Joseph, Firn, Jennifer, Bartley, Timothy, Grace, J.B., Kelly, Jocelyn, Tunney, T.D., McMeans, Bailey, Matsuzaki, S-I.S., Kadoya, Taku, Esch, Ellen, Cazelles, Kevin, Lester, Nigel, and McCann, K.S., 2018, Context-dependent interactions and the regulation of species richness in freshwater fish: Nature Communications, v. 9, article 973, https://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41467-018-03419-1.

Year Published: 2018

Effects of sediment application on Nyssa aquatica and Taxodium distichum saplings

The decline of Taxodium distichum forests along the Gulf Coast of North America is partly due to elevation loss and subsequent flooding. In many coastal wetlands, a common approach for coastal restoration is to rebuild elevation through the application of dredge material, but this technique has not been used widely in coastal forests due...

Grandy, Isabel; Messina, Linda; Anemaet, Evelyn R.; Middleton, Beth A.
Grandy, Isabel, Messina, Linda, Anemaet, Evelyn, and Middleton, B.A., 2018, Effects of sediment application on Nyssa aquatica and Taxodium distichum saplings: Wetlands, First Online, 5 p. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13157-018-1011-z.