The Everglades, Florida Bay, and Coral Reefs of the Florida Keys: An Ecosystem Sourcebook, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The Everglades, Florida Bay, and Coral Reefs of the Florida Keys

An Ecosystem Sourcebook, 1st Edition

Edited by James Porter

CRC Press

1,024 pages | 24 Color Illus. | 250 B/W Illus.

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Providing a synthesis of basic and applied research, The Everglades, Florida Bay, and Coral Reefs of the Florida Keys: An Ecosystem Sourcebook takes an encyclopedic look at how to study and manage ecosystems connected by surface and subsurface water movements. The book examines the South Florida hydroscape, a series of ecosystems linked by hydrology in a region of intense human development and profound modifications to the natural environment.

The book presents scientific studies in the South Florida Hydroscape, discusses policy and management by government and nonprofit groups, and explores how the whole watershed approach must be used to successfully protect coral reefs. The contributions range from the traditional to the controversial, questioning current management schemes and summarizing the results of state-of-the-art research.

Billions of dollars, countless man-hours, and innumerable resources have been spent studying the various South Florida ecosystems and how they are linked. The Everglades, Florida Bay, and Coral Reefs of the Florida Keys: An Ecosystem Sourcebook shows you how the principles learned in this region can be applied to other tropical and subtropical hydroscapes.


"Authored by a virtual Who's Who of Florida ecological research … The editors are commended for taking an even-handed approach …In short, this is an extremely useful book. It doesn't have all the answers, but it shows where we should go to try to find them. Everyone involved in Florida coral reef research needs a copy--and that would be the minimum target audience. Although the price seems high, it is in fact a good value. I recommend it highly."

Michael Risk in Limnology and Oceanography

"…there are many…excellent papers on topics ranging from recent changes in seagrass distribution to remote sensing of algal blooms to the potential impact of the Everglades on the accumulation of greenhouse gases."

Richard B. Aronson, University of South Alabama

Table of Contents


Hydrology and Nutrients

The Past, Present, and Future Hydrology and Ecology of Lake Okeechobee and Its Watersheds, A.D. Steinman, K.E. Havens, H.J. Carrick, and R. VanZee

The Effects of Altered Hydrology on the Ecology of the Everglades, F. Sklar, C. McVoy, R. Van Zee, D. Gawlik, K. Tarboton, D. Rudnick, S. Miao, and T. Armentano

Effects of Anthropogenic P Inputs on the Everglades, P.V. McCormick, S. Newman, S. Miao, R. Reddy, D. Gawlick, T. Fontaine, and D. Marley

Quantifying the Effects of Low-Level Phosphorus Additions on Unenriched Everglades Wetlands with In Situ Flumes and Phosphorus Dosing, D.L. Childers, R.D. Jones, J. Trexler, C. Buzzelli, S. Dailey, A.L. Edwards, E. Gaiser, K. Jayachandaran, A. Kenne, D.Lee, J. Meeder, M.K. Nair, J.H.K. Pechmann, A. Renshaw, J. Richards, M. Rugge, L.J. Scinto, P. Sterling, and W. Van Gelder


Ecological Scale and Its Implications for Freshwater Fishes in the Florida Everglades, J.C. Trexler, W.F. Loftus, F. Jordan, J.H. Chick, K.L. Kandl, T.C. McElroy, and O.L. Bass, Jr.

Linkages Between the Snail Kite Population and Wetland Dynamics in a Highly Fragmented South Florida Hydroscape, W.M. Kitchens, R.E. Bennetts, and D.L. DeAngelis

Multi-Taxon Analysis of the "White Zone," a Common Ecotonal Feature of South Florida Coastal Westlands, M.S. Ross, E.E. Gaiser, J.F. Meeder, and M,T. Lewin

Ecosystem Modeling

Modeling Ecosystem and Population Dynamics on the South Florida Hydroscape, D.L. DeAngelis, S. Bellmund, W. M. Mooij, M.P. Nott, E.J. Comiskey, L.J. Gross, M.A. Huston, and W.F. Wolff

Maps and GIS Databases for Environmental Studies of the Everglades, R. Welch, M. Madden, and R. Doren

Nitrous Oxide, Methane, and Carbon Dioxide Fluxes from South Florida Habitats During the Transition from Dry to Wet Seasons: Potential Impacts of Everglades Drainage and Flooding on the Atmosphere, T.J. Goreau and W. Zamboni de Mello


Water Movements and Chemistry

Transport Processes Linking South Florida Coastal Ecosystems, T.N. Lee, E. Johns, D. Wilson, E. Williams, and N. Smith

Regional-Scale and Long-Term Transport Patterns in the Florida Keys, Ned P. Smith and Patrick A. Pitts

The Transport of Terrestrial Nutrients to South Florida Coastal Waters, L.E. Brand

Linkages Between the South Florida Peninsula and Coastal Zone: A Sediment-Based History of Natural and Anthropogenic Influences, T.A. Nelsen, H.R. Wanless, J.H. Trefry, C. Alvarez-Zarikian, T. Hood, P. Blackwelder, P. Swart, L. Tedesco, W.-J. Kang, S. Metz, G. Garte, C. Featherstone, C. Souch, J.F. Pachut, M. O'Neal, and G. Ellis

Rapid Remote Assessments of Salinity and Ocean Color in Florida Bay, E.J. D'Sa, J.B. Zaitzeff, C.S. Yentsch, J.L. Miller, and R. Ives


Spatial and Temporal Patterns of Phytoplankton in Florida Bay: Utility of Algal Accessory Pigments and Remote Sensing to Assess Bloom Dynamics, L.L. Richardson and P.V. Zimba

Modern Diatom Distributions in Florida Bay: A Preliminary Analysis, J.K. Huvane

Seagrass Distribution in South Florida: A Multi-Agency Coordinated Monitoring Program, J.W. Fourqurean, M.J. Durako, M.O. Hall, and L.N. Hefty

Patterns of Change in the Seagrass Dominated Florida Bay Hydroscape, M.J. Durako, M.O. Hall, and M. Merello

Linkages Between Estuarine and Reef Fish Assemblages: Enhancement by the Presence of Well- Developed Mangrove Shorelines, J.A. Ley and C.C. McIvor

Nesting Patterns of Roseate Spoonbills in Florida Bay 1935 - 1999: Implications of Landscape Scale Anthropogenic Impacts, J.J. Lorenz, J.C. Ogden, R. Bjork, and G.V.N. Powell


Water Movements and Nutrients

A View from the Bridge: External and Internal Forces Affecting the Ambient Water Quality of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, J.N. Boyer and R.D. Jones

Biotic Phase Shifts in Florida Bay and Fore Reef Communities of the Florida Keys: Linkages with Historical Freshwater Flows and Nitrogen Loading from Everglades Runoff, B.E. Lapointe, W.R. Matzie, and P.J. Barile

Shoreline Nutrients and Chlorophyll a in the Florida Keys, 1994-1997: A Preliminary Analysis, B.D. Keller and A. Itkin

Tidal and Meteorological Influences on Shallow Marine Ground-Water Flow in the Upper Florida Keys, C.D. Reich, E.A. Shinn, T.D. Hickey, and A.B. Tihansky

The "Ostrich" Component of the Multiple Stressor Model: Undermining South Florida, S.T. Bacchus

Reef Biota

Detection of Coral Reef Change by the Florida Keys Coral Reef Monitoring Project, J.W. Porter, W.C. Jaap, J.L. Wheaton, V. Kosmynin, C.P. Tsokos, G. Yanev, K. Hackett, K.L. Patterson, D.M. Marcinek,, J. Dotten, D. Eaken, M. Brill, M. Lybolt, M. Patterson, O.W. Meier, K.G. Porter, and P. Dustan

The Influence of Nearshore Waters on Corals of the Florida Reef Tract, C.B. Cook, E.M. Mueller, M.D. Ferrier, and E. Annis

Differential Coral Recruitment Patterns in the Florida Keys, J.I. Tougas and J.W. Porter

Aspergillosis of Sea Fan Corals: Disease Dynamics in the Florida Keys, USA, K. Kim and C.D. Harvell


Water Quality Concerns in the Florida Keys: Sources, Effects, and Solutions, W.L. Kruczynski and F. McManus

The Role of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary in the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Initiative, B.D. Causey

The Role of a Non Profit Organization, Reef Relief, in Protecting Coral Reefs, D. Quirolo


Patterns of Coral reef Development in the Negril Marine Park: Necessity for a Whole-Watershed Management Plan, K.G. Porter, J.W. Porter, K. Thacker, P. Dustan, C. Black, W. Gabbidon, L. Getten, C. Quirolo, D.W. Porter, and D.M. Marcinek

Community-Based Water Quality and Coral Reef Monitoring in the Negril Marine Park, Jamaica: Land-Based Nutrient Inputs and Their Ecological Consequences, B.E. Lapointe and K. Thacker


Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NATURE / Ecology
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Biology / Marine Biology
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / Water Supply