Research Centers
Alabama Center For Estuarine Studies (ACES)

University of South Alabama

The mission of the Alabama Center for Estuarine Studies (ACES) is to develop a mechanistic understanding of how human induced modifications singly and in concert produce changes in the structure and function of coastal ecosystems. The primary goals of ACES are: (1) the use of sustained experimentation and observation to understand how the most common human-induced modifications of the coastal zone produce changes in ecosystem structure and function; and 2) the application of this understanding to develop prudent management strategies for sustaining the productivity of our coastal land and seascapes. ACES will focus on the following research areas: The effects of eutrophication resulting from both point and non-point sources, including harmful algal blooms, decreasing water clarity and hypoxia The effects of changing land use patterns in the watershed, including the consequences of changing agricultural practices, logging and urbanization The direct and indirect effects of harvesting finfish and shellfish, including physical alterations of the substrate as well as shifts in species composition Basic biological parameters, likely to be impacted by anthropogenic changes, of key estuarine and nearshore species, especially species of major'' ecological or economic importance The social and economic impacts of continued human-induced modifications of coastal environments The development and testing of a wide variety of strategies for: (1) improved understanding and prediction of human-induced changes in coastal ecosystems; and (2) promoting the use of adaptive management practices to solve problems in the coastal zone.

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Alabama Center For Estuarine Studies (ACES)

Center Research Projects:

R827072C001 - Fluorescent Whitening Agents As Facile Pollution Markers In Shellfishing Waters

R827072C002 - Red Snapper Demographics on Artificial Reefs: The Effect of Nearest-Neighbor Dynamics

R827072C003 - Stabilization of Eroding Shorelines in Estuarine Wave Eliminates with Constructed Fringe Wetlands Incorporating Offshore Breakwaters

R827072C004 - Interaction Between Water Column Structure and Reproduction in Jellyfish Populations Of Mobile Bay (SGER)

R827072C005 - Effects of Variation in River Discharge and Wind-Driven Resuspension on Higher Trophic Levels in the Mobile Bay Ecosystem

R827072C006 - Results of Zooplankton Component

R827072C007 - Benthic Study Component

R827072C008 - A Preliminary Survey of Macroalgal and Aquatic Plant Distribution in the Mobile Tensaw Delta

R827072C009 - Fisheries-induced changes in the structure and function of shallow water "nursery habitats": an experimental assessment

R827072C010 - Effects Of Variation in River Discharge and Wind-Driven Resuspension on Lower Trophic Levels of the Mobile Bay Ecosystem

R827072C011 - Evaluation of Alabama Estuaries as Developmental Habitat for Juvenile Sea Turtles

R827072C012 - Effects of Salinity Stress on Natural and Anthropogenically-Derived Bacteria in Estuarine Environments

R827072C013 - The Role of Land-Use/Land-Cover and Sub-estuarine Ecosystem Nitrogen Cycling in the Regulation of Nitrogen Delivery to a River Dominated Estuary; Mobile Bay, Alabama

R827072C014 - Environmental Attitudes of Alabama Coastal Residents: Public Opinion Polls and Environmental Policy

R827072C015 - Synthesis and Characterization of an Electrochemical Peptide Nucleic Acid Probe

R827072C016 - Determinants of Small-Scale Variation in the Abundance of the Blue Crab Callinectes Sapidus

R827072C017 - Effects of Estrogen Pollution on the Reproductive Fitness of the Gulf Pipefish, Syngnathus scovelli

R827072C019 - A Model for Genetic Diversity Aquatic Insects of the Mobile/Tensaw River Delta

R827072C020 - Evaluating Trophic Processes as Indicators of Anthropogenic Eutrophication in Coastal Ecosystems: An Exploratory Analysis

R827072C021 - Effects of Anthropogenic Eutrophication on the Magnitude and Trophic Fate of Microphytobenthic Production in Estuaries

R827072C022 - Characteristics of Ship Waves and Wind Waves in Mobile Bay

R827072C023 - Methods Comparison Between Stripping Voltammetry and Plasma Emission Spectroscopy for Metals in Mobile Bay

R827072C024 - Changes in Water Conditions and Sedimentation Rates Associated With Construction of the Mobile Bay Causeway

R827072C025 - Cold-Induced Hibernation of Marine Vibrios in the Gulf of Mexico: A Study of Cell-Cell Communication and Dormancy in Vibrio vulnificus

R827072C026 - Holocene Sedimentary History of Weeks Bay, AL: Human and Natural Impacts on Deposition in a Gulf Coast Estuary

R827072C027 - Shelter Bottlenecks and Self-Regulation in Blue Crab Populations: Assessing the Roles of Nursery Habitats and Juvenile Interactions for Shelter Dependent Organisms

R827072C028 - Predicting Seagrass Survival in Nutrient Enriched Waters: Toward a New View of an Existing Paradigm

R827072C029 - DMSP and its Role as an Antioxidant in the Salt Marsh Macrophyte Spartina alterniflora

R827072C030 - A Preliminary Survey of Aerial and Ground-Dwelling Insects of the Mobile/Tensaw Delta

R827072C031 - Natural Biogeochemical Tags of Striped Mullet, Mugil cephalus, Estuarine Nursery Areas in the North Central Gulf of Mexico

R827072C032 - Resolution of Sedimentation Rates in Impacted Coastal Environments Using 137Cs and 210Pb Markers: Dog River and Fowl River Embayments

R827072C033 - Investigation of the Use of Pulse Amplitude Modulated (PAM) Fluorometry as an Indicator of Submerged Aquatic Vegetation Health in Mobile Bay

R827072C034 - Influence of Invasive Plant Species in Determining Diversity of Aquatic Vegetation in the Mobile-Tensaw Delta

R827072C035 - The Influence of Shallow Water Hydrodynamics on the Importance of Seagrass Detritus in Estuarine Food Webs

R827072C036 - Food Web Interactions, Spatial Subsidies and the Flow of Energy Between the Mobile Bay Delta and Offshore Waters: A SGER Proposal to the Alabama Center for Estuarine Studies

R830651C001 - Meteorological Modeling of Hurricanes and Coastal Interactions: A Stability Study For Vertical Pressure Levels

R830651C002 - Characterization of Glycoprotein Cues Used by the Parasitic Rhizocephalan Barnacle Loxothylacus texanus To Identify Its Blue Crab Host, Callinectes sapidus

R830651C003 - Survey of Diamondback Terrapin Populations in Alabama Estuaries

R830651C004 - An Assessment of Environmental Contaminant Levels in Water and Dragonfly Larvae Tissues from the Mobile/Tensaw Delta