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Regional acidification trends in Florida shellfish estuaries: A 20+ year look at pH, oxygen, temperature, and salinity

Increasing global CO2 and local land use changes coupled with increased nutrient pollution are threatening estuaries worldwide. Local changes of estuarine chemistry have been documented, but regional associations and trends comparing multiple estuaries latitudinally have not been evaluated. Rapid climate change has impacted the annual and...

Robbins, Lisa L.; Lisle, John T.
Robbins, L.L. & Lisle, J.T. (2017) Regional acidification trends in Florida shellfish estuaries: a 20+ year look at pH, oxygen, temperature and salinity. Estuaries and Coasts (https://doi.org/10.1007/s12237-017-0353-8).

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Erratum: Understanding interaction effects of climate change and fire management on bird distributions through combined process and habitat models

This article corrects: Understanding Interaction Effects of Climate Change and Fire Management on Bird Distributions through Combined Process and Habitat Models Volume 25, Issue 3, 536–546, Article first published online: 28 April 2011

Gutzwiller, Kevin J.; White, Joseph D.; Barrow, Wylie; Randall, Lori A.
Gutzwiller, K.J., White, J.D., Barrow, W.C., Jr., and Johnson-Randall, Lori, 2017, Erratum: Understanding interaction effects of climate change and fire management on bird distributions through combined process and habitat models: Conservation Biology, Early View, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/cobi.13055.

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Making do with less: Must sparse data preclude informed harvest strategies for European waterbirds?

The demography of many European waterbirds is not well understood because most countries have conducted little monitoring and assessment, and coordination among countries on waterbird management has little precedent. Yet intergovernmental treaties now mandate the use of sustainable, adaptive harvest strategies, whose development is challenged by a...

Johnson, Fred A.; Alhainen, Mikko; Fox, Anthony D.; Madsen, Jesper; Guillemain, Matthieu
Johnson, F.A., Alhainen, Mikko, Fox, A.D., Madsen, Jesper, and Guillemain, Matthieu, 2017, Making do with less: must sparse data preclude informed harvest strategies for European waterbirds?: Ecological Applications, Accepted Online, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/eap.1659.

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Sequence stratigraphy, seismic stratigraphy, and seismic structures of the lower intermediate confining unit and most of the Floridan aquifer system, Broward County, Florida

Deep well injection and disposal of treated wastewater into the highly transmissive saline Boulder Zone in the lower part of the Floridan aquifer system began in 1971. The zone of injection is a highly transmissive hydrogeologic unit, the Boulder Zone, in the lower part of the Floridan aquifer system. Since the 1990s, however, treated wastewater...

Cunningham, Kevin J.; Kluesner, Jared W.; Westcott, Richard L.; Robinson, Edward; Walker, Cameron; Khan, Shakira A.
Cunningham, K.J., Kluesner, J.W., Westcott, R.L., Robinson, Edward, Walker, Cameron, and Khan, S.A., 2018, Sequence stratigraphy, seismic stratigraphy, and seismic structures of the lower intermediate confining unit and most of the Floridan aquifer system, Broward County, Florida (ver. 1.1, January 2018): U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2017–5109, 71 p., 21 pls., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20175109.

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Numerical modeling of salt marsh morphological change induced by Hurricane Sandy

The salt marshes of Jamaica Bay serve as a recreational outlet for New York City residents, mitigate wave impacts during coastal storms, and provide habitat for critical wildlife species. Hurricanes have been recognized as one of the critical drivers of coastal wetland morphology due to their effects on hydrodynamics and sediment transport,...

Hu, Kelin; Chen, Qin; Wang, Hongqing; Hartig, Ellen K.; Orton, Philip M.
Hu, Kelin, Chen, Qin, Wang, Hongqing, Hartig, E.K., and Orton, P.M., 2018, Numerical modeling of salt marsh morphological change induced by Hurricane Sandy: Coastal Engineering, v. 132, p. 63-81, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.coastaleng.2017.11.001.

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The influence of bed friction variability due to land cover on storm-driven barrier island morphodynamics

Variations in bed friction due to land cover type have the potential to influence morphologic change during storm events; the importance of these variations can be studied through numerical simulation and experimentation at locations with sufficient observational data to initialize realistic scenarios, evaluate model accuracy and guide...

Passeri, Davina L.; Long, Joseph W.; Plant, Nathaniel G.; Bilskie, Matthew V.; Hagen, Scott C.
Passeri, D.L., Long, J.W., Plant, N.G., Bilskie, M.V., Hagen, S.C. (2017). “The influence of bottom friction on storm-driven barrier island morphodynamics.” Coastal Engineering, 132, 82-94, doi: 10.1016/j.coastaleng.2017.11.005.

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Will fluctuations in salt marsh–mangrove dominance alter vulnerability of a subtropical wetland to sea‐level rise?

To avoid submergence during sea-level rise, coastal wetlands build soil surfaces vertically through accumulation of inorganic sediment and organic matter. At climatic boundaries where mangroves are expanding and replacing salt marsh, wetland capacity to respond to sea-level rise may change. To compare how well mangroves and salt marshes...

McKee, Karen L.; Vervaeke, William
McKee, K.L., and Vervaeke, W.C., 2017, Will fluctuations in salt marsh–mangrove dominance alter vulnerability of a subtropical wetland to sea-level rise?: Global Change Biology, Early View, https://doi.org/10.1111/gcb.13945.

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Effects of host injury on susceptibility of marine reef fishes to ectoparasitic gnathiid isopods

The importance of the role that parasites play in ecological communities is becoming increasingly apparent. However much about their impact on hosts and thus populations and communities remains poorly understood. A common observation in wild populations is high variation in levels of parasite infestation among hosts. While high variation could be...

Jenkins, William G.; Demopoulos, Amanda W.J.; Sikkel, Paul C.
Jenkins, W.G., Demopoulos, A.W.J., and Sikkel, P.C., 2017, Effects of host injury on susceptibility of marine reef fishes to ectoparasitic gnathiid isopods: Symbiosis, First Online, https://doi.org/10.1007/s13199-017-0518-z.

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Characterizing storm response and recovery using the beach change envelope: Fire Island, New York

Hurricane Sandy at Fire Island, New York presented unique challenges in the quantification of storm impacts using traditional metrics of coastal change, wherein measured changes (shoreline, dune crest, and volume change) did not fully reflect the substantial changes in sediment redistribution following the storm. We used a time series of beach...

Brenner, Owen T.; Lentz, Erika E.; Hapke, Cheryl J.; Henderson, Rachel; Wilson, Kathleen; Nelson, Timothy
Brenner, O.T., Lentz, E.E., Hapke, C.J., Henderson, R.E., Wilson, K.E., and Nelson, T.R., 2017, Characterizing storm response and recovery using the beach change envelope: Fire Island, New York: Geomorphology, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geomorph.2017.08.004.

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A spatial approach to combatting wildlife crime

Poaching can have devastating impacts on animal and plant numbers, and in many countries has reached crisis levels, with illegal hunters employing increasingly sophisticated techniques. Here, we show how geographic profiling – a mathematical technique originally developed in criminology and recently applied to animal foraging and epidemiology –...

Faulkner, Sally C.; Stevens, Michael C.A.; Romañach, Stephanie; Lindsey, Peter A.; LeComber, Steven C.
Faulkner, S.C., Stevens, M.C.A., Romañach, S.S., Lindsey, P.A. and Le Comber, S.C., 2017, A spatial approach to combatting wildlife crime: Conservation Biology, Accepted Articles, https://doi.org/10.1111/cobi.13027.

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Modeling the compensatory response of an invasive tree to specialist insect herbivory

The severity of the effects of herbivory on plant fitness can be moderated by the ability of plants to compensate for biomass loss. Compensation is an important component of the ecological fitness in many plants, and has been shown to reduce the effects of pests on agricultural plant yields. It can also reduce the effectiveness of biocontrol...

Zhang, Bo; Liu, Xin; DeAngelis, Donald L.; Zhai, Lu; Rayamajhi, Min B.; Ju, Shu
Zhang, B., Liu, X., DeAngelis, D.L., Zhai, L., Rayamajhi, M.B., and Ju, S., 2017, Modeling the compensatory response of an invasive tree to specialist insect herbivory: Biological Control, In Press, Accepted Manuscript, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocontrol.2017.11.002.

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The Pleurobemini (Bivalvia: Unionida) revisited: Molecular species delineation using a mitochondrial DNA gene reveals multiple conspecifics and undescribed species

The Pleurobemini (Bivalvia: Unionida) represent approximately one-third of freshwater mussel diversity in North America. Species identification within this group is challenging due to morphological convergence and phenotypic plasticity. Accurate species identification, including characterisation of currently unrecognised taxa, is required to...

Inoue, Kentaro; Hayes, David M.; Harris, John L.; Johnson, Nathan A.; Morrison, Cheryl L.; Eackles, Michael S.; King, Tim; Jones, Jess W.; Hallerman, Eric M.; Christian, Alan D.; Randklev, Charles R.
Inoue, K., Hayes, D.M., Harris, J.L., Johnson, N.A., Morrison, C., Eackles, M.S., King, T.L., Jones, J.W., Hallerman, E.M., Christian, A.D., and Randklev, C.R., 2018, The Pleurobemini (Bivalvia: Unionidae) revisited: molecular species delineation using a mitochondrial DNA gene reveals multiple conspecifics and undescribed species: Invertebrate Systematics, Accepted, http://www.publish.csiro.au/IS/justaccepted/IS17059.

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