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President's address for Wetland Science and Practice - October 2018

As 2018 moves into its last quarter, those of us in the southern U.S. check the skies for hurricanes, academics and students return to the classroom, and researchers wrap up the last of their year’s field work. For SWS, the last quarter brings new ways to promote internationalization...

Middleton, Beth A.

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Quantifying climate sensitivity and climate-driven change in North American amphibian communities

Changing climate will impact species’ ranges only when environmental variability directly impacts the demography of local populations. However, measurement of demographic responses to climate change has largely been limited to single species and locations. Here we show that amphibian communities are responsive to climatic variability, using >...

Miller, David A.W.; Campbell Grant, Evan H.; Muths, Erin L.; Amburgey, Staci M.; Adams, M.J.; Joseph, Maxwell B.; Waddle, J. Hardin; Johnson, Pieter T.J.; Ryan, Maureen E.; Schmidt, Benedikt R.; Calhoun, Daniel L.; Davis, Courtney L.; Fisher, Robert N.; Green, David M.; Hossack, Blake R.; Rittenhouse, Tracy A.G.; Walls, Susan C.; Bailey, Larissa L.; Cruickshank, Sam S.; Fellers, Gary M.; Gorman, Thomas A.; Haas, Carola A.; Hughson, Ward; Pilliod, David S.; Price, Steven J.; Ray, Andrew M.; Sadinski, Walter; Saenz, Daniel; Barichivich, William J.; Brand, Adrianne B.; Brehme, Cheryl S.; Dagit, Rosi; Delaney, Katy S.; Glorioso, Brad M.; Kats, Lee B.; Kleeman, Patrick M.; Pearl, Christopher; Rochester, Carlton J.; Riley, Seth P. D.; Roth, Mark F.; Sigafus, Brent

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A causal partition of trait correlations: using graphical models to derive statistical models from theoretical language

Recent studies hypothesize various causes of species‐level trait covariation, namely size (e.g., metabolic theory of ecology and leaf economics spectrum), pace‐of‐life (e.g., slow‐to‐fast continuum; lifestyle continuum), evolutionary history (e.g., phylogenetic conservatism), and ecological conditions (e.g., stabilizing selection). Various methods...

Cronin, James P.; Schoolmaster, Donald
Cronin, J.P., and Schoolmaster, D.R., Jr., 2018, A causal partition of trait correlations: using graphical models to derive statistical models from theoretical language: Ecosphere, v. 9, no. 9, art. e02422, https://doi.org/10.1002/ecs2.2422.

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Mangrove forests in a rapidly changing world: Global change impacts and conservation opportunities along the Gulf of Mexico coast

Mangrove forests are highly-productive intertidal wetlands that support many ecosystem goods and services. In addition to providing fish and wildlife habitat, mangrove forests improve water quality, provide seafood, reduce coastal erosion, supply forest products, support coastal food webs, minimize flooding...

Osland, Michael J.; Feher, Laura C.; López-Portillo, Jorge; Day, Richard H.; Suman, Daniel O.; Guzmán Menéndez, Jose Manuel; Rivera-Monroy, Victor H.
Osland, M.J., Feher, L.C., López-Portillo, J., Day, R.H., Suman, D.O., Guzmán Menéndez, J.M., and Rivera-Monroy, V.H., 2018, Mangrove forests in a rapidly changing world: global change impacts and conservation opportunities along the Gulf of Mexico coast: Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, Available Online, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecss.2018.09.006.

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Serum proteins in healthy and diseased Florida manatees (Trichechus manatus latirostris)

A major goal of this study was to determine whether serum protein fractions of healthy Florida manatees differ with age, sex, or living environments (wild versus housed). A second goal was to determine which serum protein fractions vary in diseased versus healthy manatees. Serum protein fractions were determined using agarose gel electrophoresis....

Harvey, John W.; Harr, Kendall E.; Murphy, David; Walsh, Michael T.; deWit, Martina; Deutsch, Charles J.; Bonde, Robert K.
Harvey, J.W., Harr, K.E., Murphy, D., Walsh, M.T., deWit, M., Deutsch, C.J., and Bonde, R.K., 2018, Serum proteins in healthy and diseased Florida manatees (Trichechus manatus latirostris): Comparative Clinical Pathology, Online Early, https://doi.org/10.1007/s00580-018-2797-z.

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Continuous stream discharge, salinity, and associated data collected in the lower St. Johns River and its tributaries, Florida, 2016

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District, plans to deepen the St. Johns River channel in Jacksonville, Florida, from 40 to 47 feet along 13 miles of the river channel, beginning at the mouth of the river at the Atlantic Ocean, to accommodate larger, fully loaded cargo vessels. The U.S. Geological Survey installed continuous data-...

Ryan, Patrick J.
Ryan, P.J., 2018, Continuous stream discharge, salinity, and associated data collected in the lower St. Johns River and its tributaries, Florida, 2016: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2018–1108, 28 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20181108.

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Exotic invasive Pomacea maculata (Giant Apple Snail) will depredate eggs of frog and toad species of the Southeastern US

Pomacea maculata (Perry) (Giant Apple Snail) is a freshwater snail native to South America (Hayes et al. 2015) that is an invasive species in the freshwater wetlands and waterways of the northern Gulf of Mexico, peninsular Florida (Benson 2017, Burks 2017) and globally (Hayes et al. 2015). Karraker and Dudgeon (2014) found that ...

Carter, Jacoby; Johnson, Darren; Merino, Sergio
Carter, J., Johnson, D., and Merino, S., 2018, Exotic invasive Pomacea maculata (giant apple snail) will depredate eggs of frog and toad species of the Southeastern US: Southeastern Naturalist, v. 17, no. 3, p. 470-475, https://doi.org/10.1656/058.017.0313.

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Internal parasites of the two subspecies of the West Indian manatee Trichechus manatus

The West Indian manatee Trichechus manatus is divided into 2 subspecies: the Antillean (T. m. manatus) and Florida (T. m. latirostris) manatees. This study reports sample prevalence of manatee parasites from populations of these 2 subspecies in different geographical locations. Although necropsy is a valuable diagnostic tool for parasite...

Wyrosdick, Heidi M.; Chapman, Alycia; Mignucci-Giannoni, Antonio A.; Riviera-Perez, Carla I.; Bonde, Robert K.
Wyrosdick, H., Chapman, A., Mignucci-Giannoni, A.A., Rivera-Perez, C.I., and Bonde, R.K., 2018, Internal parasites of the two subspecies of the West Indian manatee Trichechus manatus: Diseases of Aquatic Organisms, v. 130, no. 2, p. 145-152, https://doi.org/10.3354/dao03270.

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Leveraging big data towards functionally-based, catchment scale restoration prioritization

The persistence of freshwater degradation has necessitated the growth of an expansive stream and wetland restoration industry, yet restoration prioritization at broad spatial extents is still limited and ad-hoc restoration prevails. The River Basin Restoration Prioritization tool has been developed to incorporate vetted, distributed data models...

Lovette, John P.; Duncan, Jonathan M.; Smart, Lindsey S.; Fay, John P.; Urban, Dean L.; Daly, Nancy; Blackwell, Jamie; Hoos, Anne B.; Garcia, Ana M.; Band, Lawrence E.

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Marine threats overlap key foraging habitat for two imperiled sea turtle species in the Gulf of Mexico

Effective management of human activities affecting listed species requires understanding both threats and animal habitat-use patterns. However, the extent of spatial overlap between high-use foraging areas (where multiple marine species congregate) and anthropogenic threats is not well known. Our modeling approach incorporates data on sea turtle...

Hart, Kristen M.; Iverson, Autumn R.; Fujisaki, Ikuko; Lamont, Margaret M.; Bucklin, David N.; Shaver, Donna J.
Hart, K.M., Iverson, A.R., Fujisaki, I., Lamont, M.M., Bucklin, D., and Shaver, D.J., 2018, Marine threats overlap key foraging habitat for two imperiled sea turtle species in the Gulf of Mexico: Frontiers in Marine Science, Provisionally Accepted, https://doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2018.00336 or https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fmars.2018.00336/abstract.

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Genetic diversity and structure from Antillean manatee (Trichechus manatus manatus) in the southern Gulf of Mexico: Comparison between connected and isolated populations

Antillean manatees (Trichechus manatus manatus), a subspecies of the West Indian manatee, is listed as endangered species in the Red List of Threatened Species of the International Union for Conservation of Nature. The aims of this research were to survey on the possible regional genetic structure in the southern Gulf of Mexico and to compare...

Gomez-Carrasco, Guadalupe; Lesher-Gordillo, Julia Maria; Olivera-Gomez, Leon David; Bonde, Robert K.; Arriaga-Weiss, Stefan; Hernandez-Martinez, Raymundo; Castañón-Nájera, Guillermo; Jimenez-Dominguez, Darwin; Romo-Lopez, Armando; Delgado-Estrella, Alberto
Gomez-Carrasco, G., Lesher-Gordillo, J.M., Olivera-Gomez, L.D., Bonde, R.K., Arriaga-Weiss, S., Hernandez-Martinez, R., Castanon-Najera, G., Jimenez-Dominguez, D., Romo-Lopez, A., and Delgado-Estrella, A., 2018, Genetic diversity and structure from Antillean manatee (Trichechus manatus manatus) in the southern Gulf of Mexico: comparison between connected and isolated populations: Tropical Conservation Science, v. 11, p. 1-10, https://doi.org/10.1177/1940082918795560.

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Standard operating procedure 1.2.16 wadeable stream reach-scale field data collection—version 1.0

The following standard operation procedure (SOP) outlines the procedure for collecting physical habitat data from previously selected and benchmarked wadeable streams. The purpose of this SOP is to ensure that data are collected using methods that are consistent between reaches and years. Using the methods described in this SOP will also ensure...

McDonald, J. M; Starkey, E. N.; Gregory, Mark B.; Riley, Jeffrey W.

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Florida Panther

Florida panther; Puma concolor coryi, remains one of the most endangered mammals in the world.

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Rocky Branch at Whaley St., Columbia (02169506)

We have installed a webcam at the Rocky Branch at Whaley St. to allow you to view, in real time, the current river-stage conditions.

During periods of flooding, the South Atlantic Water Science Center - South Carolina will take control of the camera.

Camera is sponsored by the City of Columbia. View

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Yellow River near Snellville (02206500)

Yellow River near Snellville (02206500)

We have installed a webcam at the Yellow River near Snellville, GA to allow you to view, in real time, the current river-stage conditions.

During periods of flooding, the South Atlantic Water Science Center will take control of the camera.

Camera is sponsored by the USGS National Streamflow Information Program (NSIP

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Image: Manatee Swimming in Faka Union Canal, Florida

Manatee Swimming in Faka Union Canal, Florida

A manatee swims downstream from a weir in Faka Union Canal known to create a strong salinity gradient downstream.

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Trout Creek at Wesley Chapel (02303348)

Live Watercam video at Trout Creek at Wesley Chapel (02303348)

Note: This is not a live image. Please click the webcam button to view the live webcam.

Clear view of river edge and water

Peedee River near Florence (02130810)

We have installed a webcam at the Rocky Branch at Whaley St. to allow you to view, in real time, the current river-stage conditions.

During periods of flooding, the South Atlantic Water Science Center - South Carolina will take control of the camera.

Camera is sponsored by the SC Department of Transportation.

Withlacoochee River at Skipper Bridge Rd. near Bemiss (023177483)

We have installed a webcam at the Withlacoochee River at Skipper Bridge Rd. near Bemiss, GA to allow you to view, in real time, the current river-stage conditions.

During periods of flooding, the South Atlantic Water Science Center  will take control of the camera.

Camera is sponsored by the City of

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Image: Aerial View of Faka Union Canal, Florida

Aerial View of Faka Union Canal, Florida

This aerial view shows how Faka Union Canal (visible as a straight channel of water) connects the coastal environment, where manatees feed, to freshwater inlets. The Ten Thousand Islands region in the foreground supports sea grass beds where manatees feed. During cold winter months, manatees can swim up Faka Union Canal to a series of residential canals, where the unique

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