Wetland and Aquatic Research Center

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Year Published: 2019

Limpkin, Aramus guarauna (L., 1766) (Gruiformes, Aramidae), extralimital breeding in Louisiana is associated with availability of the invasive Giant Apple Snail, Pomacea maculata Perry, 1810 (Caenogastropoda, Ampullariidae)

We document the first breeding record of Limpkin, Aramus guarauna (Linnaeus, 1766) (Gruiformes, Aramidae), for Louisiana, describe an additional unpublished breeding record from Georgia, as well as a possible record from Alabama, and associate these patterns with the concurrent establishment of the invasive Giant Apple Snail, Pomacea maculata...

Dobbs, Robert C.; Carter, Jacoby; Peacock, Jessica (Contractor)

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Adaptive harvest management for the Svalbard population of pink‐footed geese: 2019 progress summary

This report describes an Adaptive Harvest Management (AHM) program designed to maintain the Svalbard population of Pink-footed Geese (Anser brachyrhynchus) near their target level (60,000) by providing sustainable harvests in Norway and Denmark. Specifically, this report provides recent monitoring and assessment results and their implications for...

Johnson, Fred; Heldbjerg, Henning; Clausen, Kevin K.; Madsen, Jesper

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Seeking shelter from the storm: Conservation and management of imperiled species in a changing climate

Climate change is anticipated to exacerbate the extinction risk of species whose persistence is already compromised by habitat loss, invasive species, disease, or other stressors. In coastal areas of the southeastern United States (USA), many imperiled vertebrates are vulnerable to hurricanes, which climate models predict to become more severe in...

Walls, Susan; Barichivich, William; Chandler, Jonathan; Meade, Ashley M.; Milinichik, Marysa; O'Donnell, Katherine; Owens, Megan E.; Peacock, Terry; Reinman, Joseph; Watling, Rebecca C.; Wetsch, Olivia E.

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Impacts of saltwater intrusion on wetland prey production and composition in a historically freshwater marsh

Sea level rise is a fundamental driver of ecosystem change and has the potential to shift the spatial distributions of habitats more rapidly than species can adapt. Rapid sea level rise and associated saltwater intrusion have negative impacts on coastal environments, including loss of habitat for species such as sea turtles and shorebirds. In...

Romanach, Stephanie; Beerens, James M.; Patton, Brett; Chapman, Julia P.; Hanson, Matt

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Negative frequency-dependent foraging behaviour in a generalist herbivore (Alces alces) and its stabilizing influence on food-web dynamics

1. Resource selection is widely appreciated to be context‐dependent and shaped by both biological and abiotic factors. However, few studies have empirically assessed the extent to which selective foraging behaviour is dynamic and varies in response to environmental conditions for free‐ranging animal populations. 2. Here, we assessed the extent...

Hoy, Sarah R.; Vucetich, John A.; Liu, Rongsong; DeAngelis, Don; Peterson, Rolf O.; Vucetich, Leah M.; Henderson, John J.

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Linking management planning for coastal wetlands to potential future wave attenuation under a range of relative sea-level rise scenarios

Understanding changes in wave attenuation by emergent vegetation as wetlands degrade or accrete over time is crucial for incorporation of wetlands into holistic coastal risk management. Linked SLAMM and XBeach models were used to investigate potential future changes in wave attenuation over a 50-year period in a degrading, subtropical wetland and...

Hijuelos, Ann; Dijkstra, Jasper; Carruthers, Tim J.B.; Heynert, Karel; Reed, Denise; van Wesenbeeck, Bregje

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Monitoring live vegetation in semiarid and arid rangeland environments with satellite remote sensing in northern Kenya

As part of the U.S. Department of the Interior’s (DOI) commitment to provide technical assistance to the Kenyan Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT), the U.S. Geological Survey, in collaboration with the DOI International Technical Assistance Program and the U.S. Agency for International Development’s regional mission in East Africa, created a high...

Rangoonwala, Amina; Ramsey III, Elijah W.
Rangoonwala, Amina, and Ramsey, E.W., III, 2019, Monitoring live vegetation in semiarid and arid rangeland environments with satellite remote sensing in northern Kenya: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2019–1037, 83 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20191037.

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Eradication of two non-native cichlid fishes in Miami, Florida (USA)

The proliferation of non-native fishes in Florida is a serious problem, and new species continue to be introduced to the state. Fishes in the Family Cichlidae have been especially successful colonizers of south Florida freshwater habitats. Herein we report a multi-agency effort to eradicate two non-native cichlid fishes in Miami, Florida (Bay...

Schofield, Pamela J.; Jelks, Howard L.; Gestring, Kelly B.

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Global patterns of tree stem growth and stand aboveground wood production in mangrove forests

Mangrove forests provide important ecological and economic services including carbon sequestration and storage. The conservation and restoration of mangroves are expected to play an important role in mitigating climate change, and understanding the factors influencing mangrove stem growth and wood production are important in predicting and...

Xiong, Yanmei; Cakir, Roxelane; Phan, Sang Minh; Ola, Anne; Krauss, Ken; Lovelock, Catherine E.

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Jump-starting coastal wetland restoration: A comparison of marsh and mangrove foundation species

During coastal wetland restoration, foundation plant species play a critical role in creating habitat, modulating ecosystem functions, and supporting ecological communities. Following initial hydrologic restoration, foundation plant species can help stabilize sediments and jump-start ecosystem development. Different foundation species, however,...

Yando, Erik S.; Osland, Michael; Jones, Scott; Hester, Mark W.

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Success of lake restoration depends on spatial aspects of nutrient loading and hydrology

Many aquatic ecosystems have deteriorated due to human activities and their restoration is often troublesome. It is proposed here that the restoration success of deteriorated lakes critically depends on hitherto largely neglected spatial heterogeneity in nutrient loading and hydrology. A modelling approach is used to study this hypothesis by...

Janssen, Annette B.G.; van Wijk, Dianneke; van Gerven, Luuk P.A.; Bakker, Elisabeth S.; Brederveld, Robert J.; DeAngelis, Donald L.; Janse, Jan H.; Mooij, Wolf M.

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Factors affecting prey availability and habitat usage of nonbreeding piping plovers (Charadrius melodus) in coastal Louisiana

The Gulf of Mexico is home to a large proportion of the wintering population of the threatened piping plover (Charadrius melodus), but little is known about the bird's ecology in this region. In Louisiana, the majority of nonbreeding piping plovers are found on the state's rapidly eroding barrier islands. Between August 2013 and May 2014, surveys...

Schulz, Jessica L.; Leberg, Paul