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Monitoring, Ecology, Physiology, and Management, 1st Edition

Edited by Stephen A. Bortone

CRC Press

336 pages

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Seagrasses are becoming widely used as in situ indicators of the relative health and condition of subtropical and tropical estuarine ecosystems. To permit meaningful management of our estuaries, there is clearly a need to develop and refine ways of effectively monitoring and assessing seagrasses.

Seagrasses: Monitoring, Ecology, Physiology, and Management includes the peer-reviewed, written results of presentations made at a recent workshop that addressed this very issue. A total of 28 original research and review chapters are organized around four major themes: Ecology and Physiology, Monitoring and Trends, Management, and Restoration. Additional research study results, not completed at the time of the workshop, are also included as they are directly related to the topic of seagrass management ecology.

Overall, Seagrasses: Monitoring, Ecology, Physiology, and Management encompasses the latest research in seagrass management ecology to assist in the promotion of a dialogue between the research and environmental management communities. Not only will this work serve as a cornerstone for continued improvement in effectively monitoring the health and condition of near coastal waters, but also as a reference central to the premise that effective and efficient assessment of seagrasses will aid in estuarine ecosystem management.

Table of Contents


Section I: Ecology and Physiology

Establishing Light Requirements for the Seagrass Thalassia testudinum: An Example from Tampa Bay, Florida (USA)

Somatic, Respiratory, and Photosynthetic responses of the Seagrass Halodule wrightii to Light Reduction in Tampa Bay, Including a Whole Plant Carbon Budget

The Effects of Dock Height on Light Irradiance (PAR) and Seagrass (Halodule wrightii and Syringodium filiforme) Cover

Tapegrass Life History Metrics Associated with Environmental Variables in a Controlled Estuary

Experimental Studies on the Salinity Tolerance of Turtle Grass, Thalassia testudinum

Effects of the Dispersal of Reverse Osmosis Seawater Desalination Discharges on a Seagrass Meadow (Thalassia testudinum) Offshore of Antigua, West Indies

Section II: Monitoring and Trends

Development and Use of an Epiphyte Photo-Index (EPI) for Assessing Epiphyte Loadings on the Seagrass Halodule wrightii

Establishing Baseline Seagrass Parameters in a Small Estuarine Bay

Monitoring Submerged Aquatic Vegetation in Hillsborough Bay, Florida

Effects of Construction and Operation of a Marine on a Seagrass Halophila decipiens in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Recent Trends in Seagrass Distributions in Southwest Florida Coastal Waters

Monitoring Seagrass Changes in the Indian River Lagoon, Florida, using fixed Transects

Long-term Trends in Seagrass Beds in the Mosquito Lagoon and Northern Banana River, Florida, USA

Section III: Restoration

Reciprocal Transplanting of the Threatened Seagrass Halophila johnsonii (Johnson's Seagrass) in the Indian River Lagoon, Florida

Seagrass Targets for the Indian River Lagoon, Florida

Seagrass Bed Recovery after Hydrological Restoration in a Coastal Lagoon with Groundwater Discharges in the North of Yucatan (SE, Mexico)

Observations on the Regrowth of Subaquatic Vegetation Following Transplantation: A Potential Method to Assess Environmental Health of Coastal Habitats

Section IV: Management

Scaling Submersed Plant Community Responses to Experimental Nutrient Enrichment

Ecosystem Characteristics and Research and Management Needs in the Florida Big Bend

Seagrass Restoration in Tampa Bay: A Resource-based Approach to Estuarine Management

Matching Salinity Metrics to Estuarine Seagrasses for Freshwater Inflow Management


About the Authors/Editor

Stephen A. Bortone

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NATURE / Ecology
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Botany
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Biology / Marine Biology
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / General