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A hierarchical  model for estimating the spatial distribution and abundance of animals detected by continuous-time recorders
Year Published: 2017

A hierarchical model for estimating the spatial distribution and abundance of animals detected by continuous-time recorders

MotivationSeveral spatial capture-recapture (SCR) models have been developed to estimate animal abundance by analyzing the detections of individuals in a spatial array of traps. Most of these models do not use the actual dates and times of detection, even though this information is readily available when using continuous-time recorders, such as microphones or motion-activated cameras.

Dorazio, Robert; Karanth, K. Ullas
Dorazio, R.M., and Karanth, K.U., 2017, A hierarchical model for estimating the spatial distribution and abundance of animals detected by continuous-time recorders: PLoS ONE, v. 12, no. 5, art. e0176966, https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0176966.
Characterization of the juvenile green turtle (Chelonia mydas) microbiome throughout an ontogenetic shift from pelagic to neritic habitats
Year Published: 2017

Characterization of the juvenile green turtle (Chelonia mydas) microbiome throughout an ontogenetic shift from pelagic to neritic habitats

The gut microbiome of herbivorous animals consists of organisms that efficiently digest the structural carbohydrates of ingested plant material. Green turtles (Chelonia mydas) provide an interesting model of change in these microbial communities because they undergo a pronounced shift from a surface-pelagic distribution and omnivorous diet to a neritic distribution and herbivorous diet.

Price, James T.; Paladino, Frank V.; Lamont, Margaret M.; Witherington, Blair E.; Bates, Scott T.; Soule, Tanya
Price, J.T., Paladino, F.V., Lamont, M.M., Witherington, B.E., Bates, S.T., and Soule, T., 2017, Characterization of the juvenile green turtle (Chelonia mydas) microbiome throughout an ontogenetic shift from pelagic to neritic habitats: PLosOne, v. 12, no. 5, art. e0177642, https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0177642.
Predicting wading bird and aquatic faunal responses to ecosystem restoration scenarios
Year Published: 2017

Predicting wading bird and aquatic faunal responses to ecosystem restoration scenarios

In large-scale conservation decisions, scenario planning identifies key uncertainties of ecosystem function linked to ecological drivers affected by management, incorporates ecological feedbacks, and scales up to answer questions robust to alternative futures. Wetland restoration planning requires an understanding of how proposed changes in surface hydrology, water storage, and landscape...

Beerens, James; Trexler, Joel C.; Catano, Christopher P.
Beerens, J.M., Trexler, J.C., and Catano, C.P., 2017, Predicting wading bird and aquatic faunal responses to ecosystem restoration scenarios: Restoration Ecology, Early View, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/rec.12518.
Book Review: Biology and management of invasive Quagga and Zebra mussels in the western United States
Year Published: 2017

Book Review: Biology and management of invasive Quagga and Zebra mussels in the western United States

Water is a precious and limited commodity in the western United States and its conveyance is extremely important. Therefore, it is critical to do as much as possible to prevent the spread of two species of dreissenid mussels, both non-native and highly invasive aquatic species already well-established in the eastern half of the United States. This book addresses the occurrences of the two...

Benson, Amy J.
Benson, A.J., 2017, Book Review: Biology and management of invasive Quagga and Zebra mussels in the western United States: The Quarterly Review of Biology and Management, v. 92, no. 2, p. 209-210, http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/692233.
Similarity of plant functional traits and aggregation pattern in a subtropical forest
Year Published: 2017

Similarity of plant functional traits and aggregation pattern in a subtropical forest

The distribution of species and communities in relation to environmental heterogeneity is a central focus in ecology. Co-occurrence of species with similar functional traits is an indication that communities are determined in part by environmental filters. However, few studies have been designed to test how functional traits are selectively filtered by environmental conditions at local scales...

Zhang, Bo; Lu, Xiaozhen; Jiang, Jiang; DeAngelis, Don; Fu, Zhiyuan; Zhang, Jinchi
Zhang, B., Lu, X., Jiang, J., DeAngelis, D.L., Fu, Z., and Zhang, J., 2017, Similarity of plant functional traits and aggregation pattern in a subtropical forest: Ecology and Evolution, Early View, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ece3.2973.
Causal mechanisms of soil organic matter decomposition: deconstructing salinity and flooding impacts in coastal wetlands
Year Published: 2017

Causal mechanisms of soil organic matter decomposition: deconstructing salinity and flooding impacts in coastal wetlands

Coastal wetlands significantly contribute to global carbon storage potential. Sea-level rise and other climate change-induced disturbances threaten coastal wetland sustainability and carbon storage capacity. It is critical that we understand the mechanisms controlling wetland carbon loss so that we can predict and manage these resources in anticipation of climate change. However, our current...

Stagg, Camille L.; Schoolmaster, Donald; Krauss, Ken W.; Cormier, Nicole; Conner, William H.
Stagg, C.L., Schoolmaster, D.R., Krauss, K.W., Cormier, N., and Conner, W.H., 2017, Causal mechanisms of soil organic matter decomposition: deconstructing salinity and flooding impacts in coastal wetlands: Ecology, Accepted Online, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ecy.1890.
Ecological regime shift drives declining growth rates of sea turtles throughout the West Atlantic
Year Published: 2017

Ecological regime shift drives declining growth rates of sea turtles throughout the West Atlantic

Somatic growth is an integrated, individual-based response to environmental conditions, especially in ectotherms. Growth dynamics of large, mobile animals are particularly useful as bio-indicators of environmental change at regional scales. We assembled growth rate data from throughout the West Atlantic for green turtles, Chelonia mydas, which are long-lived, highly migratory, primarily...

Bjorndal, Karen A.; Bolten, Alan B.; Chaloupka, Milani; Saba, Vincent S.; Bellini, Cláudio; Marcovaldi, Maria A.G.; Santos, Armando J.B.; Bortolon, Luis Felipe Wurdig; Meylan, Anne B.; Meylan, Peter A.; Gray, Jennifer; Hardy, Robert; Brost, Beth; Bresette, Michael; Gorham, Jonathan C.; Connett, Stephen; Crouchley, Barbara Van Sciver; Dawson, Mike; Hayes, Deborah; Diez, Carlos E.; van Dam, Robert P.; Willis, Sue; Nava, Mabel; Hart, Kristen M.; Cherkiss, Michael S.; Crowder, Andrew; Pollock, Clayton; Hillis-Starr, Zandy; Muñoz Tenería, Fernando A.; Herrera-Pavón, Roberto; Labrada-Martagón, Vanessa; Lorences, Armando; Negrete-Philippe, Ana; Lamont, Margaret M.; Foley, Allen M.; Bailey, Rhonda; Carthy, Raymond R.; Scarpino, Russell; McMichael, Erin; Provancha, Jane A.; Brooks, Annabelle; Jardim, Adriana; López-Mendilaharsu, Milagros; González-Paredes, Daniel; Estrades, Andrés; Fallabrino, Alejandro; Martínez-Souza, Gustavo; Vélez-Rubio, Gabriela M.; Boulon, Ralf H.; Collazo, Jaime; Wershoven, Robert; Hernández, Vicente Guzmán; Stringell, Thomas B.; Sanghera, Amdeep; Richardson, Peter B.; Broderick, Annette C.; Phillips, Quinton; Calosso, Marta C.; Claydon, John A.B.; Metz, Tasha L.; Gordon, Amanda L.; Landry, Andre M.; Shaver, Donna J.; Blumenthal, Janice; Collyer, Lucy; Godley, Brendan J.; McGowan, Andrew; Witt, Matthew J.; Campbell, Cathi L.; Lagueux, Cynthia J.; Bethel, Thomas L.; Kenyon, Lory
Bjorndal, K.A., Bolten, A.B., Chaloupka, M., Saba, V.S., Bellini, C., Marcovaldi, M.A.G., Santos, A.J.B., Bortolon, L.F.W., Meylan, A.B., Meylan, P.A., Gray, J., Hardy, R., Brost, B., Bresette, M., Gorham, J.C., Connett, S., Crouchley, B.V.S., Dawson, M., Hayes, D., Diez, C.E., van Dam, R.P., Willis, S., Nava, M., Hart, K.M., Cherkiss, M.S., Crowder, A.G., Pollock, C., Hillis-Starr, Z., Muñoz Tenería, F.A., Herrera-Pavón, R., Labrada-Martagón, V., Lorences, A., Negrete-Philippe, A., Lamont, M.M., Foley, A.M., Bailey, R., Carthy, R.R., Scarpino, R., McMichael, E., Provancha, J.A., Brooks, A., Jardim, A., López-Mendilaharsu, M., González-Paredes, D., Estrades, A., Fallabrino, A., Martínez-Souza, G., Vélez-Rubio, G.M., Boulon Jr., R.H., Collazo, J.A., Wershoven, R., Guzmán Hernández, V., Stringell, T.B., Sanghera, A., Richardson, P.B., Broderick, A.C., Phillips, Q., Calosso, M., Claydon, J.A.B., Metz, T.L., Gordon, A.L., Landry Jr., A.M., Shaver, D.J., Blumenthal, J., Collyer, L., Godley, B.J., McGowan, A., Witt, M.J., Campbell, C.L., Lagueux, C.J., Bethel, T.L., and Kenyon, L., 2017, Ecological regime shift drives declining growth rates of sea turtles throughout the West Atlantic: Global Change Biology, Accepted Online, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/gcb.13712.
Modeling the long-term effects of introduced herbivores on the spread of an invasive tree
Year Published: 2017

Modeling the long-term effects of introduced herbivores on the spread of an invasive tree

ContextMelaleuca quinquenervia (Cav.) Blake (hereafter melaleuca) is an invasive tree from Australia that has spread over the freshwater ecosystems of southern Florida, displacing native vegetation, thus threatening native biodiversity.

Zhang, Bo; DeAngelis, Don; Rayamajhi, Min B.; Botkin, Daniel B.
Zhang, B., DeAngelis, D.L., Rayamajhi, M.B., and Botkin, D., 2017, Modeling the long-term effects of introduced herbivores on the spread of an invasive tree: Landscape Ecology, First Online, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10980-017-0519-6.
Created mangrove wetlands store belowground carbon and surface elevation change enables them to adjust to sea-level rise
Year Published: 2017

Created mangrove wetlands store belowground carbon and surface elevation change enables them to adjust to sea-level rise

Mangrove wetlands provide ecosystem services for millions of people, most prominently by providing storm protection, food and fodder. Mangrove wetlands are also valuable ecosystems for promoting carbon (C) sequestration and storage. However, loss of mangrove wetlands and these ecosystem services are a global concern, prompting the restoration and creation of mangrove wetlands as a potential...

Krauss, Ken W.; Cormier, Nicole; Osland, Michael J.; Kirwan, Matthew L.; Stagg, Camille L.; Nestlerode, Janet A.; Russell, Marc J.; From, Andrew; Spivak, Amanda C.; Dantin, Darrin D.; Harvey, James E.; Almario, Alejandro E.
Krauss, K.W., Cormier, N., Osland, M.J., Kirwan, M.L., Stagg, C.L., Nestlerode, J.A., Russell, M.J., From, A.S., Spivak, A.C., Dantin, D.D., Harvey, J.E., and Almario, A.E., 2017, Created mangrove wetlands store belowground carbon and surface elevation change enables them to adjust to sea-level rise: Scientific Reports, v. 7, no. 1, art. 1030, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41598-017-01224-2. (IP-080501 : IP-076192)
Host-dependent differences in resource use associated with Anilocra spp. parasitism in two coral reef fishes, as revealed by stable carbon and nitrogen isotope analyses
Year Published: 2017

Host-dependent differences in resource use associated with Anilocra spp. parasitism in two coral reef fishes, as revealed by stable carbon and nitrogen isotope analyses

The role of parasites in trophic ecology is poorly understood in marine ecosystems. Stable isotope analyses (SIA) have been widely used in studies of trophic ecology, but have rarely been applied to study the role of parasites. Considering that some parasites are associated with altered host foraging patterns, SIA can help elucidate whether parasitism influences host trophic interactions. French...

Welicky, Rachel; Demopoulos, Amanda W. J.; Sikkel, Paul C.
Welicky, R.L., Demopoulos, A.W.J., and Sikkel, P.C., 2017, Host-dependent differences in resource use associated with Anilocra spp. parasitism in two coral reef fishes, as revealed by stable carbon and nitrogen isotope analyses: Marine Ecology, v. 38, no. 2, art. e12413, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/maec.12413.
Evaluation of harvest and information needs for North American sea ducks
Year Published: 2017

Evaluation of harvest and information needs for North American sea ducks

Wildlife managers routinely seek to establish sustainable limits of sport harvest or other regulated forms of take while confronted with considerable uncertainty. A growing body of ecological research focuses on methods to describe and account for uncertainty in management decision-making and to prioritize research and monitoring investments to reduce the most influential uncertainties. We used...

Koneff, Mark D.; Zimmerman, Guthrie S.; Dwyer, Chris P.; Fleming, Kathleen K.; Padding, Paul I.; Devers, Patrick K.; Johnson, Fred A.; Runge, Michael C.; Roberts, Anthony J.
Koneff, M.D., Zimmerman, G.S., Dwyer, C.P., Fleming, K.K., Padding, P.I., Devers, P.K., Johnson, F.A., Runge, M.C., and Roberts, A.J., 2017, Evaluation of harvest and information needs for North American sea ducks: PLoS One, v. 12, no. 4, art. e0175411, https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0175411.
Octocoral diseases in a changing ocean
Year Published: 2017

Octocoral diseases in a changing ocean

Octocorals (Cnidaria, Octocorallia) constitute a geographically widely distributed and common group of marine invertebrates commonly referred to as “soft-corals,” “sea fans,” “horny corals,” “sea feathers,” and “sea plumes.” They are found from shallow coastal habitats to mesophotic and abyssal depths.

Weil, Ernesto; Rogers, Caroline S.; Croquer, Aldo
Weil, E., Rogers, C.S., and Croquer, A., 2016, Octocoral diseases in a changing ocean, in Rossi, S., Bramanti, L., Gori, A., and Orejas Saco Del Valle, C., eds., Marine Animal Forests: The Ecology of Benthic Biodiversity Hotspots, p. 1-55, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-17001-5_43-1: Springer International Publishing.