Wetland and Aquatic Research Center

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Year Published: 2021

Synthetic aperture radar and optical mapping used to monitor change and replacement of Phragmites australis marsh in the Lower Mississippi River Delta, Louisiana

Synthetic aperture radar (SAR) mapping of density as an enhancement of Phragmites australis optical live fractional cover (LFC) mapping was carried out in the lower Mississippi Delta during 2016 to 2019. Also, as part of the study, the replacement of P. australis with elephant-ear was analyzed. To that end, yearly maps from 2016 to 2019 of L-band...

Ramsey III, Elijah W.; Rangoonwala, Amina
Ramsey, E.W., III, and Rangoonwala, A., 2021, Synthetic aperture radar and optical mapping used to monitor change and replacement of Phragmites australis marsh in the lower Mississippi River Delta, Louisiana: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2021–1046, 19 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20211046.

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Widespread Ranavirus and Perkinsea infections in Cuban treefrogs (Osteopilus septentrionalis) invading New Orleans, USA

Invasive species can negatively impact ecosystems in numerous ways, including vectoring pathogenic organisms. In amphibians, a lineage globally threatened by multiple pathogens, this spread of disease via invasive species could contribute to declines in native populations. The Cuban Treefrog (Osteopilus septentrionalis) is invasive in the...

Galt, Net; Atkinson, Matthew S; Glorioso, Brad; Waddle, Hardin; Litton, Melanie; Savage, Anna E.

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Assessment of wave attenuation, current patterns, and sediment deposition and erosion during winter storms by living shoreline structures in Gandys Beach, New Jersey

This study was conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey and Northeastern University in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and The Nature Conservancy. This report summarizes field investigation and analysis of waves, current patterns, and sediment deposition and erosion along the Gandys Beach, New Jersey, salt marsh vegetated...

Wang, Hongqing; Capurso, William D.; Chen, Qin; Zhu, Ling; Niemoczynski, Lukasz; Snedden, Gregg
Wang, H., Capurso, W., Chen, Q., Zhu, L., Niemoczynski, L., and Snedden, G., 2021, Assessment of wave attenuation, current patterns, and sediment deposition and erosion during winter storms by living shoreline structures in Gandys Beach, New Jersey: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2021–1040, 37 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20211040.

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EverForecast—A near-term forecasting application for ecological decision support

The Everglades Forecasting application (EverForecast) provides decision makers with a support tool to examine optimal allocations of water across the managed landscape while explicitly quantifying the conflicting needs of multiple species. Covering the Greater Everglades (a vast, subtropical wetland ecosystem in South Florida), EverForecast...

Haider, Saira Mumtaz; Romañach, Stephanie S.; McKelvy, Mark; Suir, Kevin J.; Pearlstine, Leonard
Haider, S.M., Romañach, S.S., McKelvy, M., Suir, K., and Pearlstine, L., EverForecast—A near-term forecasting application for ecological decision support: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2021–3005, 2 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20213005.

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Habitat suitability index model improvement recommendations

As part of the model improvement effort for the 2023 Coastal Master Plan, the Habitat Suitability Index (HSI) models used during previous master plans were reevaluated to assess how the model relationships could be improved, and to determine what species should be included in the master plan analyses. This process considered the technical reviews...

Sable, Shaye E.; Lindquist, David C.; D'Acunto, Laura; Hijuelos, Ann; LaPeyre, Megan K.; O'Connell, Ann M.; Robinson, Elizabeth M.

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Habitat suitability index model improvements

Habitat suitability index (HSI) models were developed for the 2023 Coastal Master Plan to evaluate the potential effects of coastal restoration and protection projects on habitat for key coastal fish, shellfish, and wildlife species. These species included: eastern oyster, brown shrimp, white shrimp, blue crab, crayfish, gulf menhaden, spotted...

Lindquist, David C.; Sable, Shaye E.; D'Acunto, Laura; Hijuelos, Ann; Johnson, Erik I.; Langlois, Summer R.M; Michel, Nicole L.; Nakashima, Lindsay; O’Connell, Ann M.; Percy, Katie L.; Robinson, Elizabeth M.

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Optimal allocation of law enforcement patrol effort to mitigate poaching activities

Poaching is a global problem causing the decline of species worldwide. Optimizing the efficiency of ranger patrols to deter poaching activity at the lowest possible cost is crucial for protecting species with limited resources. We applied decision analysis and spatial optimization algorithms to allocate efforts of ranger patrols throughout a...

Moore, Jennifer F.; Udell, Bradley; Martin, Julien; Turikunkiko, Ezechiel; Masozera, Michel K.

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Gulf Coast vicariance shapes phylogeographic history of a North American freshwater mussel species complex

AimFreshwater mussels share habitat and are parasites of freshwater fishes during the larval life stage. Therefore, models of fish biogeography may also explain the historical biogeography of freshwater mussels. We tested this assumption using predictions of three biogeographic models constructed for northern Gulf of Mexico drainages on a...

Keogh, Sean M.; Johnson, Nathan; Williams, James D.; Randklev, Charles R.; Simons, Andrew

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Review of the invasive Asian clam Corbicula spp. (Bivalvia: Cyrenidae) distribution in North America, 1924–2019

The bivalve Corbicula is one of the most successful aquatic mollusk invaders in the world. Since being intro­duced to North America from its native range in Asia, it has dispersed widely over a large portion of the continent from southern Canada to Panama. The first evidence of its introduc­tion in the Western Hemisphere was discovered in 1924 in...

Benson, Amy J.; Williams, James D.
Benson, A.J., and Williams, J.D., 2021, Review of the invasive Asian clam Corbicula spp. (Bivalvia: Cyrenidae) distribution in North America, 1924–2019: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2021–5001, 66 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20215001.

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Tropicalization of temperate ecosystems in North America: The northward range expansion of tropical organisms in response to warming winter temperatures

Tropicalization is a term used to describe the transformation of temperate ecosystems by poleward‐moving tropical organisms in response to warming temperatures. In North America, decreases in the frequency and intensity of extreme winter cold events are expected to allow the poleward range expansion of many cold‐sensitive tropical organisms,...

Osland, Michael; Stevens, Philip; Lamont, Margaret; Brusca, Richard; Hart, Kristen; Waddle, Hardin; Langtimm, Catherine; Williams, Caroline; Keim, Barry; Terando, Adam; Reyier, Eric; Marshall, Katie; Loik, Michael E.; Boucek, Ross; Lewis, Amanda; Seminoff, Jeffrey A.

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The role of habitat heterogeneity and canyon processes in structuring sediment macrofaunal communities associated with hard substrate habitats in Norfolk Canyon, USA

Topographic and hydrodynamic complexity in submarine canyons promotes steep gradients in food availability and geophysical parameters which affect ecological assemblages and beta diversity. While habitat heterogeneity in submarine canyons is known to support diverse and abundant megafaunal communities, due to difficulty in sampling little is known...

Bourque, Jill; Demopoulos, Amanda; Robertson, Craig M.; Mienis, Furu

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Observations of acrobat ants (Crematogaster sp.) preying on the eggs of the invasive giant applesnail (Pomacea maculata)

Herein we provide direct evidence for the consumption of Pomacea maculata (Giant Applesnail) eggs by ants in the genus Crematogaster. The observations were made during removal of snail egg masses at the Hudson Woods Unit of the Texas Mid-Coast National Wildlife Refuge, TX. We observed acrobat ants (Crematogaster sp.) removing...

Carter, Jacoby; Wilson, Jennifer; Mopper, Susan