Wetland and Aquatic Research Center
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Moving from generalisations to specificity about mangrove-saltmarsh dynamics
Spatial and temporal variability in factors influencing mangrove establishment and survival affects the distribution of mangrove, particularly near their latitudinal limit, where mangrove expansion into saltmarsh is conspicuous. In this paper the spatial variability in mangrove distribution and variability in factors influencing mangrove...Rogers, Kerrylee; Krauss, Ken W.
Macrobenthic infaunal communities associated with deep‐sea hydrocarbon seeps in the northern Gulf of Mexico
There are thousands of seeps in the deep ocean worldwide; however, many questions remain about their contributions to global biodiversity and the surrounding deep‐sea environment. In addition to being globally distributed, seeps provide several benefits to humans such as unique habitats, organisms with novel genes, and carbon regulation. The...Washburn, Travis W.; Demopoulos, Amanda W.J.; Montagna, Paul A.
A novel technique for isolating DNA from Tempus™ blood RNA tubes after RNA isolation
ObjectiveWe use Tempus blood RNA tubes (Applied Biosystems) during health assessments of American moose (Alces alces spp.) as a minimally invasive means to obtain RNA. Here we describe a novel protocol to additionally isolate high-quality DNA from the supernatant remaining after the RNA isolation methodology. Metrics used to qualify DNA...Ferrante, Jason A.; Giles, Michelle R.; Benzie, Emily; Hunter, Margaret
The confluences of ideas leading to, and the flow of ideas emerging from, individual-based modeling of riverine fishes
In this review article, we trace the history of events leading to the development of individual-based models (IBMs) to represent aquatic organisms in rivers and streams. As a metaphor, we present this history as a series of confluences between individual scientists (tributaries) sharing ideas. We describe contributions of these models to science...Jager, Henriette I.; DeAngelis, Donald L.
Growth stress response to sea level rise in species with contrasting functional traits: A case study in tidal freshwater forested wetlands
With rising sea levels, mortality of glycophytes can be caused by water and nutrient stress under increasing salinity. However, the relative effects of these two stressors may vary by species-specific functional traits. For example, deciduous species, with leaves typically emerging during low salinity periods of the year, may suffer less from...Zhai, Lu; Krauss, Ken W.; Liu, Xin; Duberstein, Jamie A.; Conner, William H.; DeAngelis, Donald L.; Sternberg, Leonel d.S.L
Salinity tolerance among three freshwater mussels (Bivalvia: Unionidae) from Gulf Coastal Plain drainages
An important physiological constraint influencing distributions of coastal freshwater organisms is their tolerance for saline conditions. We experimentally evaluated salinity tolerance for three freshwater mussel species (Utterbackia imbecillis, Elliptio jayensis, and Glebula rotundata). Mussels were transferred abruptly from well water to one of...Johnson, Nathan A.; Schofield, Pam; Williams, James D.; Austin, James D.
Next‐generation conservation genetics and biodiversity monitoring
This special issue of Evolutionary Applications consists of 10 publications investigating the use of next‐generation tools and techniques in population genetic analyses and biodiversity assessment. The special issue stems from a 2016 Next Generation Genetic Monitoring Workshop, hosted by the National Institute for Mathematical and...Hunter, Margaret E.; Hoban, Sean M.; Bruford, Michael W.; Segelbacher, Gernot; Bernatchez, Louis
Everglades Invasive Reptile and Amphibian Monitoring Program
The Everglades Invasive Reptile and Amphibian Monitoring Program (EIRAMP) provides a scientific framework for integrated EDRR, outreach, and monitoring for invasive wildlife in South Florida. EIRAMP also monitors native reptiles, amphibians and mammals to assess impacts of invasive species. South Florida has more nonnative species of reptiles and...Cherkiss, Michael S.; Harvey, Rebecca G.; Rochford, Mike; Ketterlin Eckles, Jennifer; Metzger, Edward; Nestler, Jennifer; Mazzotti, Frank J.
Ghost forests of Marco Island: Mangrove mortality driven by belowground soil structural shifts during tidal hydrologic alteration
Land use changes often create in situ stress and eventual mortality in mangroves as unsuitable hydroperiods are created through tidal flow alterations. Here, we document mangrove forest and soil structural changes within transects established in tidally restricted areas on Marco Island (Collier County,...Krauss, Ken W.; Demopoulos, Amanda W.J.; Cormier, Nicole; From, Andrew; McClain Counts, Jennifer; Lewis, Roy R.
Host feeding ecology and trophic position significantly influence isotopic discrimination between a generalist ectoparasite and its hosts: Implications for parasite-host trophic studies
Despite being one of the most prevalent forms of consumerism in ecological communities, parasitism has largely been excluded from food-web models. Stable isotope analysis of consumers and their diets has been widely used in the study of food webs for decades. However, the amount of information regarding parasite stable isotope ecology is limited,...Jenkins, William G.; Demopoulos, Amanda W.J.; Sikkel, Paul C.
The influence of different deep-sea coral habitats on sediment macrofaunal community structure and function
Deep-sea corals can create a highly complex, three-dimensional structure that facilitates sediment accumulation and influences adjacent sediment environments through altered hydrodynamic regimes. Infaunal communities adjacent to different coral types, including reef-building scleractinian corals and individual colonies of octocorals, are known to...Bourque, Jill R.; Demopoulos, Amanda W.J.
Assessing the risk of diploid grass carp Ctenopharyngodon idella in the certified triploid supply chain in Ohio
Non-native grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella) have been stocked in the United States for vegetation control since the 1970s, and recent evidence suggests some natural reproduction in the Great Lakes basin. Despite all states and provinces bordering Lake Erie either banning grass carp or requiring imports of only sterile, U.S. Fish and Wildlife...Kinter, Bryan T.; Jenkins, Jill A.; Tyson, Jeff T.