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November 2011

Habitat Fidelity of Coastal Birds: Do they Dine in the Forest or “Eat Out” in the Salt Marsh?
Nutrient Loading Not the Likely Culprit in LI Sound Marsh Drownings
Berm Breaching Opens the Door to Macroinvertebrate Community Changes, at Least for a Time
Do Impacts of Nutrient Enrichment Extend to Tidal Freshwater and Oligohaline Wetlands?

September 2011

What Contributes to Resilience in Restored Eelgrass Beds? Case Studies Reveal Some Important Lessons
Exotic Species, Exotic Locale: Distribution and Abundance of Invasive Fish Species in Hawaiian Wetlands
Study Dissects Relationships among Hypoxia, Stratification, and Nutrients in the Chesapeake
Oysters and Wastewater Outflows are a Bad Mix, but Season and Distance Make a Difference

July 2011

Tampa Bay Leads the Way in Using Biotope Mosaic Approach to Management
Cause and Effect in the Baltic Sea: What Controls Phytoplankton Communities?
Shedding Light on Water Column Optical Properties and Seagrass Beds in Florida Bay
Weighing Issues of Scale in Monitoring Programs: Study Uses Nested Approach to Monitor Seagrass Beds

May 2011

Plastic Litters Developed and Undeveloped Beaches in NE Brazil
Nutrient Management and Shellfish Restoration Should Go Together, Study Shows
Wetland Site Types Vary in Their Ability to Keep Their Heads above Water as Sea Level Rises
Modeling Forecasts Outcomes of Freshwater Flow Restoration in the Everglades: Management Goals Can be Achieved

March 2011

Do Marsh Consumers Eat Off a Marsh Detritus or Phytoplankton Menu? Restoration Implications of Food Web Origins
Eelgrass is on the Decline in Massachusetts, But Some Good News Gives Hope
Potential Differences in Predation Vulnerability between Native and Non-native Oysters Could Influence Restoration Planning
Marsh or SAV? Nekton Need Both, Especially as Sea Level Rises

February 2011

Even Small Oil Spills Can Have Lingering Effects on Biota, Study Says
Searching for Patterns in Estuarine Recovery: Restoration Can Take Decades
Trouble in Paradise: Tracking Pollutant Sources in Hanalei Bay, Hawaii
Red Tide Pummels Tampa Bay Nekton Community, But Only Temporarily

November 2010

Effects of Nutrient Enrichment Go Underground
Modeling Says Delta Smelt May Become Victims of Shrinking Habitat
Good-bye, Bycatch: Helping Crab Pots Catch Fewer Terrapins
Does Habitat Disturbance in a VA Shallow Tidal Creek Disturb the Fish?

September 2010

Resisting Phragmites Invasions: Diverse Native Plant Assemblages Might Help
Modeling Past, Present, and Future Nitrogen in Narragansett Bay
EXPO’98 Improvements in Portugal Estuary Stick Around After the Fair is Long Gone
Bringing Back the Oyster: Sometimes Impacts Can Be Hard to See

June 2010

Restoration Mixed Bag for S. Florida Manatee Winter Refuges
Florida Bay’s Methylmercury Problem Falls from the Sky, Study Says
Long-term Monitoring Supports Nutrients as Source of Chesapeake’s SAV Decline, But Small-scale Factors Matter Too
Study Shows Thin-Layer Dredged Material Disposal Has Little Long-term Impact on Chesapeake Benthic Community

April 2010

Heavy Metals Weigh on Benthic Community in a Hong Kong Harbor
An Eelgrass Success Story in Boston Harbor: Careful Site Selection and Planting Methods are the Keys
Is Invasion by an Introduced Species Always an Ecological Disaster? Perhaps Not, Says Alabama Study
Restoration Projects in Elkhorn Slough Have Led to Improvements in Water Quality, Study Says

March 2010

Modified Shorelines May Harbor Modified Faunal Communities, Study Finds
Building a Better Shellfish Harvest Closure Decision Tool: Don’t Just Blame It On the Rain
Organic Pollutants, and The Problems They Cause, Are Here to Stay: H. T. Odum Synthesis Essay
How Will Future Climate and Sediment Supply Change the Shape of an Estuary? Projected Geomorphology in Suisun Bay, CA

January 2010

Shoreward Human Migration in Texas May Be Chasing Coastal Birds Away
Recovery of a Dutch Coastal Lagoon: Macrobenthos Lags, But Will Probably Catch Up
The Fall and Rise (and Fall and Rise) of Chesapeake Bay Eelgrass, and Strategies to Encourage Conservation and Recovery
Beach Grooming Makes Beaches Picturesque, but Does It Destroy Habitat?

December 2009

A Decade of Eutrophication in the Skidaway River Estuary: More Small Phytoplankton, Less Oxygen, Big Food Web Changes
Passive Restoration of Former Agricultural Sites Can Bring Back Marsh Channel Networks
Nutrient Enrichment Increases Food Web Complexity in Florida Bay
Massive Tideland Reclamation Project + Monsoon Conditions = Sediment and Water Quality Impacts

November 2009

Columbia River Salmon Food Webs Entangled with Ecosystem Alterations, Says Study
Unintended Consequences of a Gulf Coast Lake Diversion: Plans for More Marsh Leads to More Nutrients
New Patterns of Primary Production?
Study Finds Likely Population-Level Contaminant Effects on a Common Fish in San Francisco Bay

August 2009

Genetically Speaking, Mussels Recover Quickly from Sewage Impacts, Study Says
Snook Diet Diversity Goes, With the Flow, in Florida Creeks
N and P Reductions Necessary to Control Eutrophication in Coastal Waters
Satellite Data Provide Critical Information on the Really Big Picture

June 2009

Mexican Study Uses Alternate Method to Corroborate Sediment Chronology
Fringe Benefits: To Provide Critical Services, How Big Does a Marsh Have to Be?
Climate Can Eclipse Nutrient Loading as a Major Influence on Phytoplankton Communities, Says North Carolina Study
Unintended Consequences: Dredging Removes Fringing Vegetation Along with Sediments in Brazilian Lagoon

April 2009

Phytoplankton in Massachusetts Bay: Impacts of a Sewage Outfall Relocation
Study Says Marsh Ditching Leaves Legacy of Water Quality Effects
Dredged Material Placement May Serve as a Life Preserver for Drowning Marshes
Watershed Restoration Requires Stronger Science-Management Links, Says Essay

February 2009

Long-term Records Show that for Nitrogen, Losses are as Important as Loads
Fluorescence and Reflectance Indices are Promising as Early Warning Signals of Effects of Herbicide on Marsh Plants
For Coastal Ecosystems, Maybe You Can’t Go Home Again
Invasive Plants Maybe Not Such Bad News for Northern Gulf of Mexico Invertebrates

December 2008

Field Measurements of Oyster Filtration: Convenient, Accurate, and Useful for Restoration Projects
Introduced Pepper Plant May Invade by Sea
Boston Harbor: Cleanup Brings Back the Benthos
Hurricane Impact Depends on Geography and Bathymetry
The Upper vs. Lower Patuxent River Estuary: Differences in Long-term Water Quality Trends

October 2008

Trouble in Paradise: Multiple Indicators Used to Assess Water Quality in Kaua`i, Hawai`i
Hypoxia in a Small Estuary: Macroalgae, Rather than Phytoplankton, are Running the Show
Fifty-Five Years of Fish Kills in Texas: An Examination of Causes and Sources
Are Open Bays As Important As Salt Marshes for Brown Shrimp Nurseries in Louisiana?

September 2008

Tidal Restrictions Impact Algae to Mammals in Elkhorn Slough
Before and After Chesapeake Nutrient Reductions: New Patuxent Budget Provides Insights
Urbanization, Nutrients, and Macroalgae: Links in Waquoit Bay
Groundwater Contributes Little Nutrient Load to Neuse, But Could be Locally Important

April 2008

Coastal Ecosystems Need Better Public Relations, Says Study
If One Sediment Quality Assay is Good, Are Three Better?
“Thin Layers” Offer One Solution to the Cryptic Bloom Mystery
New Guidance for Expanding the Intersection of Management, Science, and Invasive Species
Florida Bay Nutrients Not to Blame for Florida Keys Reef Losses

December 2007

ASSETS Recommended for Use in Chinese Estuaries
Oceanographic Portrait of Glacier Bay Provides Insights About Fjords
Modern Technology Sheds Light on an Ancient Species

October 2007

Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia: Revisiting the 2001 Action Plan
Landscape, Land Use, and SAV in the Chesapeake
Lessons on Marsh Resilience Learned in the Bay of Fundy

August 2007

Critical Tool for American Samoa Mangrove Restoration is Community Support
Working “Backward,” Seagrass Depth Limits Can Lead to Nutrient and TSS Loading Limits
Ripped to Shreds: Mechanical Shredding Works to Wipe Out Water Hyacinth
Listening for Fish in the Shallow Waters of Barataria Bay

July 2007

Is Nutrient Loading a Smaller Problem Than We Think?
Improving Detergent’s Role in Tackling a Messy Problem
Australian Study: Weirs Mean Fish Can’t Go with the Flow
Development Paves the Way for Phragmites Invasion in the Chesapeake

June 2007

Can Chesapeake Oysters Be Enlisted in the Eutrophication Battle?
Designing Marine Reserve Networks: Connectivity is the Key
Perspective: Restoration Ecology is not Equal To Ecological Restoration, But Both are Needed
Study Provides Preview of Effects of Sea Level Rise on Marsh Plants

April 2007

Fallout from Sewage Outfall Relocation: Changes in Water Quality and Productivity in Boston Harbor
Altered Ecosystem, Altered Fish Assemblage in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta
Goodbye to Terrapin Bycatch: A Florida Solution
Can Natural Reseeding Contribute to Marsh Restoration?

February 2007

In Chesapeake, Benthic Community Shows that Where Development is Up, Estuarine Health is Down
Telling the Phragmites Twins Apart: Native Prefers No Salt and Little Nitrogen
Fish Index Proves Useful in Taking the Pulse of South African Estuaries
Bioenergetics Study Reveals Tough Choice for Invasive Crabs: Get Eaten or Use Excess Energy

October 2006

Look Landward for Sources of Water Body Impairment, Says CA Study
Sampling Frequency: What Might You Be Missing?
Horseshoe Crab Sex and the City: Restoration Potential in Jamaica Bay
Feeding Sediment-Starved Tidal Marshes: Signs of Success in North Carolina

August 2006

“Compromise” Nutrient Model Produces Advice for Chesapeake Bay
Model Results Recommend Easing Up on Horseshoe Crab Harvest
Is Food Web Function Restored When Tidal Flow Is? Carbon Isotopes May Provide Clues
Southeast Estuaries May Be Joining the Hypoxia Club

June 2006

An Estuarine Paradox: Introduced Alga Dominates, but Supports Diversity Too
Common Reed Too Common for Mummichogs: Invader Provides Poor Habitat
Do These Oysters Need Salt? Landings and Salinity in the Gulf of Mexico
DOM Dynamics in Denmark

April 2006

More Fresh Water Brings Long-term Change to New Zealand Estuary
Wild Celery Beds Extend Nursery Habitat for Fishery Species
Where in the World (Or at Least in the Estuary) is Centropomus undecimalis?
Viruses Tested as Alternative Sewage Indicator

February 2006

Can Mid-Atlantic Marshes and Tidal Ponds Keep Their Heads above Water?
Shoreline Alterations Turn up the Heat on Puget Sound Beaches
A Green Light for Restoration: Transplanted Georgia Marsh Plants Thrive in Dieback Sites
What Happens to the Oxygen? Bacteria and Hypoxia in the Potomac River

January 2006

Drainage Networks in Restored Wetlands: Should Nature or a Shovel Introduce Tidal Creeks to Restoration Sites?
Investigation of Nitrogen Dynamics Goes Underground in New England
Salt Marsh Loss in New England: Beyond Aerial Photography
Functional Trajectory Models Transplanted to Eelgrass Bed

November 2005

Balancing Venice's Water Budget: Submarine Groundwater's Role
Good News for the New River
Review Takes Stock of Brown Tide Knowledge
Toxaphene-Contaminated Sediment Remediation Pays Off for GA Fish

September 2005

By-catch Reduction Device Protects Terps
Sediment Slurry Application Helps Delta Marsh Rise to the Challenge
Poor Water and Sediment Quality: Accessories to the Long Island Lobster Crash?
Of Wakes and Dredging in the Intracoastal Waterway: Compensatory Effects?

August 2005

Modern Genetic Techniques Aid in Managing an Ancient Fish
Golf Course Swales May Reduce Water Hazards
Seagrass Mapping Down Under: Challenges of New Technology
A Caution on the Use of Elemental and Stable Isotope Ratios: Do You Know Your Species' Natural Variability?

June 2005

Ultraviolet Radiation and Primary Productivity: Effects May Go Beyond the Antarctic
ENSO/SAV Links in Lake Pontchartrain: More than Coincidence
Are Created Marshes Equal, Above the Ground and Below?
Elkhorn Slough's Living History

May 2005

Striped Bass Eggs Go with the Flow: Pulsed Events and Transport to the ETM
Better Phytoplankton Identification Through Chemistry?
Role Models for Phytoplankton: Reference Communities Developed for Chesapeake Bay
The Coastal Ocean and CO2: Small Area, Large Flux

January 2005

Getting Warmer: An Exercise in Extrapolation Elucidates Effects of Global Warming
More Work Needed on Increasing Light Availability Under Piers for SAV, Study Finds
Sometimes Seagrass Declines are Not Our Fault!
Better, Faster, Cheaper Benthic Sampling

December 2004

Archival Data Elucidates the Fishy History of Lake Pontchartrain
Estuarine Sediments: Source or Sink for Heavy Metals?
Gaining Clarity: Model Supports Oyster Restoration to Reduce Turbidity, Encourage Seagrass Growth
Restoration of Seagrass Inhabitants Takes Some Time, Study Finds

September 2004

New Lessons from the Hudson River "School"
Hypoxia in the Chesapeake: A Look at History and the Future
Shore Crabs Push Dungeness Out of the Neighborhood in WA Restoration Effort
Sediment Cores Provide Wealth of Information in the Neuse and Pamlico

July 2004

Three Models Are Better Than One For Examining Gulf "Dead Zone"
Looong-term Sea Surface Temperature Record Available for New England
Priority-setting for Nutrient Management: Case Study in Waquoit Bay
What is the Fish-Killing Culprit in Dead-end Canals?

May 2004

Evidence that Global Climate Change Does Act Locally in San Francisco Bay
Invasion of the Marsh Snatchers: Effectiveness of Invasive Plant Removal in Puget Sound
Study Supports "Thinking Outside the Dike"
Links Between Land Use and Estuarine Health: A Potential Statistical Crystal Ball

April 2004

All Estuarine Nutrient Cycles are Not Created Equal: Lessons from a Tropical Estuary
Infection By Viruses May Aid in Brown Tide's Demise
English Sole Study Confirms Concentration Hypothesis
Big Bend Seagrasses Revisited: Region-wide Changes in Species Distributions

December 2003

Is The Mangrove Restored? Ask the Crabs
Water Quality Impacts on Fish Hard to Find in a Tidal Creek
Dennis, Floyd and Irene Provide Lessons About Hurricane Impacts
Effects of Nitrogen Loading on NE Marshes Characterized

July 2003

Study Shows Blue Crabs Thrive in Restored Salt Marsh
Impounded Marsh Communities May Take a Pounding
Hyacinth, Pennywort Shown to be Functionally Different
Study Documents Sources and Loadings of N to 34 Estuaries
Network Analysis Suggests Longer-Term Nitrogen Monitoring Needed in the Neuse