A Western Center for Estuarine Indicators Research which will Develop Indicators of Wetlands Ecosystem Health

EPA Grant Number: R828676
Center: Pacific Estuarine Ecosystem Indicator Research (PEEIR) Consortium
Center Director: Anderson, Susan L.
Title: A Western Center for Estuarine Indicators Research which will Develop Indicators of Wetlands Ecosystem Health
Investigators: Anderson, Susan L. , Cherr, Gary N. , Morgan, Steven , Nisbet, Roger M.
Current Investigators: Anderson, Susan L. , Allen, John , Bennett, Bill , Brooks, Andrew , Carr, Robert Scott , Cherr, Gary N. , Fujiwara, Masami , Green, Peter , Grosholz, Edwin , Hwang, Hyun-Min , Kendall, Bruce E. , Morgan, Steven , Murdoch, William W. , Nisbet, Roger M. , Ogle, Scott , Pawley, Anitra , Rose, Wendy , Stewart-Oaten, Allan , Swanson, Christina , Vorster, Peter
Institution: University of California - Davis , University of California - Santa Barbara
Current Institution: University of California - Davis , Pacific EcoRisk , The Bay Institute , U.S. Geological Survey , University of California - Santa Barbara , University of California - Santa Cruz
EPA Project Officer: Hiscock, Michael
Project Period: October 1, 2000 through September 30, 2004
Project Amount: $5,998,221
RFA: Environmental Indicators in the Estuarine Environment Research Program (2000) RFA Text |  Recipients Lists
Research Category: Ecological Indicators/Assessment/Restoration , Water , Ecosystems

Approach:

Integration among proposals is achieved using: 1) integrative laboratory experiments to determine bioavailability of toxicants in tandem with biomarker responses; 2) field sampling at nine common sites ranging from the Oregon border to Mexico; 3) model species including wetland plants, gammarid amphipods, and a species of goby; 4) overlapping experimental and sampling designs that permit tests of interdisciplinary hypotheses; 5) common data management and GIS capabilities, which will be used to integrate ongoing monitoring studies with our own census data; and 6) modeling and statistical studies that compare indicator ranking procedures to model projections. The extensive integration among proposals enables cost-effective yet rigorous development of indicators on multiple scales across a broad geographic region with characterization of both ecologic health and stressors. The five proposals include the Ecosystem Indicators Component (EIC), the Biological Responses to Contaminants Component (BRCC), the Biogeochemistry and Bioavailability Component (BBC), the Remote Sensing Component (RSC) and the "Center Proposal". The research teams are comprised of over 20 scientists from two University of California Campuses as well as several other agencies and institutions. Long-standing interdisciplinary collaborations and extensive institutional support in the form of matching funds and superior facilities heighten our ability to achieve the stated goals. Management structure has been devised to ensure accountability and productivity among investigators as well as to foster extensive collaboration with agencies and to support academic goals such as student training. The UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory will be the lead institution, and we are poised to accept the challenge of an interdisciplinary center with well-developed conference facilities, visiting researcher programs, sophisticated data and website management capabilities, and an outreach program.

Expected Results:

We will develop indicators of biotic integrity based on statistical combinations of endpoints and on process-based models and, subsequently, evaluate their applicability among sites. We will also address urgent local problems, such as wetland degradation and fish population declines in San Francisco Bay, ecological assessment of mercury contamination in Tomales Bay, pesticide contamination of northern and southern California watersheds. A web-based indicator reporting framework will also be developed.


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Journal Article Anderson SL, Cherr GN, Morgan SG, Vines CA, Higashi RM, Bennett WA, Rose WL, Brooks AJ, Nisbet RM. Integrating contaminant responses in indicator saltmarsh species. Marine Environmental Research 2006;62(Suppl 1):S317-S321. R828676 (Final)
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  • Journal Article Cordova-Kreylos AL, Scow KM. Effects of ciprofloxacin on salt marsh sediment microbial communities. The ISME Journal 2007;1(7):585-595. R828676 (Final)
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  • Journal Article Cordova-Kreylos AL, Cao Y, Green PG, Hwang H-M, Kuivila KM, LaMontagne MG, Van De Werfhorst LC, Holden PA, Scow KM. Diversity, composition, and geographical distribution of microbial communities in California salt marsh sediments. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 2006;72(5):3357-3366. R828676 (Final)
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  • Journal Article Fan TW-M, Lane AN, Chekmenev E, Wittebort RJ, Higashi RM. Synthesis and physico-chemical properties of peptides in soil humic substances. Journal of Peptide Research 2004;63(3):253-264. R828676 (Final)
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  • Journal Article Fan TW-M, Lane AN, Higashi RM. An electrophoretic profiling method for thiol-rich phytochelatins and metallothioneins. Phytochemical Analysis 2004;15(3):175-183. R828676 (Final)
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  • Journal Article Field KG, Chern EC, Dick LK, Fuhrman J, Griffith J, Holden PA, LaMontagne MG, Le J, Olson B, Simonich MT. A comparative study of culture-independent, library-independent genotypic methods of fecal source tracking. Journal of Water and Health 2003;1(4):181-194. R828676 (Final)
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  • Journal Article Fleming EJ, Mack EE, Green PG, Nelson DC. Mercury methylation from unexpected sources: molybdate-inhibited freshwater sediments and an iron-reducing bacterium. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 2006;72(1):457-464. R828676C003 (2004)
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  • Journal Article Fujiwara M, Kendall BE, Nisbet RM. Growth autocorrelation and animal size variation. Ecology Letters 2004;7(2):106-113. R828676 (2003)
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  • Journal Article Fujiwara M, Kendall BE, Nisbet RM, Bennett WA. Analysis of size trajectory data using an energetic-based growth model. Ecology 2005;86(6):1441-1451. R828676 (Final)
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  • Journal Article Gurney WSC, Nisbet RM. Resource allocation, hyperphagia and compensatory growth. Bulletin of Mathematical Biology 2004;66(6):1731-1753. R828676 (2004)
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  • Journal Article Gurney WSC, Jones W, Veitch AR, Nisbet RM. Resource allocation, hyperphagia, and compensatory growth in juveniles. Ecology 2003;84(10):2777-2787. R828676 (Final)
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  • Journal Article Hechinger RF, Lafferty KD. Host diversity begets parasite diversity: bird final hosts and trematodes in snail intermediate hosts. Proceedings of the Royal Society B–Biological Sciences 2005;272(1567):1059-1066. R828676 (Final)
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  • Journal Article Huspeni TC, Lafferty KD. Using larval trematodes that parasitize snails to evaluate a saltmarsh restoration project. Ecological Applications 2004;14(3):795-804. R828676 (Final)
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  • Journal Article Hwang H-M, Green PG, Young TM. Tidal salt marsh sediment in California, USA. Part 1: Occurrence and sources of organic contaminants. Chemosphere 2006;64(8):1383-1392. R828676 (Final)
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  • Journal Article Hwang H-M, Green PG, Higashi RM, Young TM. Tidal salt marsh sediment in California, USA. Part 2:occurrence and anthropogenic input of trace metals. Chemosphere 2006;64(11):1899-1909. R828676 (Final)
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  • Journal Article Hwang H-M, Green PG, Young TM. Historical trends of trace metals in a sediment core from a contaminated tidal salt marsh in San Francisco Bay. Environmental Geochemistry and Health 2009;31(4):421-430. R828676 (Final)
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  • Journal Article Hwang H-M, Green PG, Young TM. Tidal salt marsh sediment in California, USA: Part 3. Current and historic toxicity potential of contaminants and their bioaccumulation. Chemosphere 2008;71(11):2139-2149. R828676 (Final)
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  • Journal Article Lafferty KD. Is disease increasing or decreasing, and does it impact or maintain biodiversity? Journal of Parasitology 2003;89(Suppl):S101-S105. R828676 (Final)
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  • Journal Article Lafferty KD, Holt RD. How should environmental stress affect the population dynamics of disease? Ecology Letters 2003;6(7):654-664. R828676 (Final)
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  • Journal Article Lafferty KD, Porter JW, Ford SE. Are diseases increasing in the ocean? Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics 2004;35:31-54. R828676C001 (Final)
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  • Journal Article Lafferty KD, Hechinger RF, Lorda J, Soler L. Trematodes associated with mangrove habitat in Puerto Rican salt marshes. Journal of Parasitology 2005;91(3):697-699. R828676C001 (2004)
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  • Journal Article Lafferty KD, Dunham EJ. Trematodes in snails near raccoon latrines suggest a final host role for this mammal in California Salt Marshes. Journal of Parasitology 2005;91(2):474-476. R828676C001 (2004)
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    Journal Article LaMontagne MG, Astorga V, Giblin AE, Valiela I. Denitrification and the stoichiometry of nutrient regeneration in Waquoit Bay, Massachusetts. Estuaries and Coasts 2002;25(2):272-281. R828676 (Final)
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  • Journal Article LaMontagne MG, Holden PA. Comparison of free-living and particle-associated bacterial communities in a coastal lagoon. Microbial Ecology 2003;46(2):228-237. R828676 (Final)
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  • Journal Article LaMontagne MG, Leifer I, Bergmann S, Van De Werfhorst LC, Holden PA. Bacterial diversity in marine hydrocarbon seep sediments. Environmental Microbiology 2004;6(8):799-808. R828676 (Final)
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  • Journal Article Li L, Ustin SL, Lay M. Application of multiple endmember spectral mixture analysis (MESMA) to AVIRIS imagery for coastal salt marsh mapping: a case study in China Camp, CA, USA. International Journal of Remote Sensing 2005;26(23):5193-5207. R828676 (Final)
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  • Journal Article Magalhaes C, Bano N, Wiebe WJ, Hollibaugh JT, et al. Comparison of ammonium oxidizing bacterial phylotypes and function between biofilms and sediments of the Douro River Estuary, Portugal. Environmental Microbiology (in review, 2005). R828676C001 (2004)
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    Journal Article Magalhaes C, Bano N, Wiebe WJ, Bordalo AA, Hollibaugh JT. Dynamics of nitrous oxide reductase genes (nosZ) in intertidal rocky biofilms and sediments of the Douro River Estuary (Portugal), and their relation to N-biogeochemistry. Microbial Ecology 2008;55(2):259-269. R828676 (Final)
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  • Journal Article McGourty CR, Hobbs JA, Bennett WA, Green PG, Hwang H-M, Ikemiyagi N, Lewis L, Cope JM. Likely population-level effects of contaminants on a resident estuarine fish species: comparing Gillichthys mirabilis population static measurements and vital rates in San Francisco and Tomales Bays. Estuaries and Coasts 2009;32(6):1111-1120. R828676 (Final)
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  • Journal Article Morgan SG, Spilseth SA, Page HM, Brooks AJ, Grosholz ED. Spatial and temporal movement of the lined shore crab Pachygrapsus crassipes in salt marshes and its utility as an indicator of habitat condition. Marine Ecology Progress Series 2006;314:271-281. R828676 (Final)
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  • Journal Article Nisbet RM, McCauley E, Gurney WSC, Murdoch WW, Wood SN. Formulating and testing a partially specified dynamic energy budget model. Ecology 2004;85(11):3132-3139. R828676 (Final)
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  • Journal Article Pillai MC, Vines CA, Wikramanayake AH, Cherr GN. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons disrupt axial development in sea urchin embryos through a β-catenin dependent pathway. Toxicology 2003;186(1-2):93-108. R828676C002 (2003)
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  • Journal Article Rose WL, Hobbs JA, Nisbet RM, Green PG, Cherr GN, Anderson SL. Validation of otolith growth rate analysis using cadmium-exposed larval topsmelt (Atherinops affinis). Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry 2005;24(10):2612-2620. R828676 (Final)
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  • Journal Article Rosso PH, Ustin SL, Hastings A. Mapping marshland vegetation of San Francisco Bay, California, using hyperspectral data. International Journal of Remote Sensing 2005;26(23):5169-5191. R828676 (Final)
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  • Journal Article Rosso PH, Pushnick JC, Lay M, Ustin SL. Reflectance properties and physiological responses of Salicornia virginica to heavy metal and petroleum contamination. Environmental Pollution 2005;137(2):241-252. R828676 (Final)
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  • Journal Article Rosso PH, Ustin SL, Hastings A. Use of lidar to study changes associated with Spartina invasion in San Francisco Bay marshes. Remote Sensing of Environment 2006;100(3):295-306. R828676 (Final)
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  • Journal Article Shaw JC, Aguirre-Macedo L, Lafferty KD. An efficient strategy to estimate intensity and prevalence: sampling metacercariae in fishes. Journal of Parasitology 2005;91(3):515-521. R828676C001 (2004)
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  • Journal Article Spilseth SA, Morgan SG. Evaluation of internal elastomer tags for small, mature crabs. Crustaceana 2005;78(11):1383-1388. R828676 (Final)
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  • Journal Article Steets BM, Holden PA. A mechanistic model of runoff-associated fecal coliform fate and transport through a coastal lagoon. Water Research 2003;37(3):589-608. R828676 (Final)
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  • Journal Article Ward JR, Lafferty KD. The elusive baseline of marine disease: are diseases in ocean ecosystems increasing? PLoS Biology 2004;2(4):542-547. R828676C001 (2003)
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    Supplemental Keywords:

    watersheds, estuary, ecological effects, bioavailability, ecosystem indicators, aquatic, integrated assessment, EPA Region IX., RFA, Scientific Discipline, Air, Geographic Area, Waste, Ecosystem Protection/Environmental Exposure & Risk, Bioavailability, Aquatic Ecosystems & Estuarine Research, exploratory research environmental biology, Ecosystem/Assessment/Indicators, Ecosystem Protection, climate change, State, Air Pollution Effects, Aquatic Ecosystem, Ecological Effects - Environmental Exposure & Risk, Ecological Risk Assessment, Atmosphere, Ecological Indicators, environmental monitoring, wetlands, plant indicator, ecological exposure, biomarkers, estuaries, Western Center for Estuarine Research, ecosystem integrity, environmental stressor, ecosystem condition, environmental consequences, ecological assessment, estuarine ecosystems, ecosystem indicators, aquatic ecosystems, ecosystem health, environmental indicators, environmental stress, environmental stressors, GIS, water quality, biological indicators, biological markers, fish , California (CA), statistical evaluation

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  • Subprojects under this Center: (EPA does not fund or establish subprojects; EPA awards and manages the overall grant for this center).
    R828676C000 Pacific Estuarine Ecosystem Indicator Research (PEEIR) Consortium: Administration and Integration Component
    R828676C001 Pacific Estuarine Ecosystem Indicator Research (PEEIR) Consortium: Ecosystem Indicators Component
    R828676C002 Pacific Estuarine Ecosystem Indicator Research (PEEIR) Consortium: Biological Responses to Contaminants Component: Biomarkers of Exposure, Effect, and Reproductive Impairment
    R828676C003 Pacific Estuarine Ecosystem Indicator Research (PEEIR) Consortium: Biogeochemistry and Bioavailability Component