Assessing Ecosystem Modeling
This project conducted a comprehensive review and assessment of ecosystem modeling efforts in the Gulf of Mexico.
Bahia Grande Ecosystem Recovery
Managers need to know if the Bahia Grande ecosystem is functioning as a nursery and/or foraging grounds for fish to make informed decisions regarding whether to open Bahia Grande to public use.
Barrier Island Seagrass Community Restoration
This project will scope and design a plan to address the uncertainties of restoring seagrasses and associated communities along barrier islands in Louisiana, which will inform the restoration and long-term adaptive management of the Chandeleur Islands.
Bluefin Tuna Larvae
This project is investigating the link between nutrients, food availability, and the survival of Atlantic bluefin tuna larvae, which can be used to improve stock assessments for this commercially and recreationally important species.
Co-Production for Fishery Conservation
The project team will identify challenges to sustaining sport fish nursery habitats, map out realistic management strategies, and plan research that informs management choices.
Coastal Bird Conservation
This project will identify uncertainties around the effects of coastal bird stewardship and habitat management actions.
Conservation Grazing in Coastal Uplands
This project will develop a research plan to address conservation grazing, or the use of livestock as an alternative or complementary habitat management strategy, in coastal uplands of the northern Gulf of Mexico.
This project identifies long-term trends in fish, shrimp, cephalopods, and other fauna in the deep-pelagic Gulf of Mexico (open ocean midwaters beyond the continental shelf, from just below the surface to just above the bottom) and provides this information to resource managers responsible for the numerous species that rely on deep-pelagic fauna as prey, including marine mammals.
This project is determining where the corals in different mesophotic and deepwater populations in the Gulf of Mexico originated from, which is critical information for conserving and restoring these important habitats that were damaged by the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.
This project is developing a new and innovative approach for attaching satellite-linked tags to small cetaceans without having to capture them.
Ecosystem Indicators Inventory
This project created a comprehensive guide for management using indicators of five common coastal habitats: salt marsh, mangrove, seagrass, oyster beds/reefs, and coral reefs.
Fisheries Ecosystem Models
This project is integrating information on ecosystem stressors and predator-prey interactions into the fisheries assessment and management process in the Gulf of Mexico.
Forecasting of Riverine Inflows
This project will result in a management and forecast system that allows resource managers to explore tradeoffs from restoration strategies as well as examine and optimize various riverine inflows.
Freshwater Inflow Decision Tool
This project will explore the feasibility of a freshwater inflow decision tool that will provide managers with a better understanding of the impact of allowing water to flow to the coast, and how to maximize environmental, social, and economic benefits while adapting to changing conditions over time.
Gulf Islands Case Study
The objective of the proposed project is to provide a transparent decision support framework to make optimal recommendations for listed species while also considering landowner objectives using a case study at the Gulf Islands National Seashore complex.
Gulf of Mexico Island and Beach Restoration
Stakeholder engagement will inform the development of a conceptual model to help environmental managers forecast how Gulf of Mexico habitats and wildlife may respond to various island and beach restoration management actions.
Identifying Ecological Hotspots
The project characterized the temporal and spatial variability of physical and biochemical oceanographic parameters in the Gulf of Mexico.
Impact of Mississippi River
This project explored how changes in the flow of the Mississippi River impact natural resources and their use in the Gulf of Mexico.
Indicators for Ecosystem Health and Services
This project identified, developed, and evaluated ecological health and ecosystem services indicators and an associated assessment and decision framework.
Living Shoreline Tool
This project adapted an existing computer model for assessing the suitability of a site for construction of a living shoreline, applied the model to Perdido Bay/Wolf Bay/Ono Island complex in coastal Alabama; Lake Pontchartrain, Louisiana; and Galveston Bay, Texas, and developed an interactive decision support tool that allows for a rapid assessment of a site.
Local Coastal Tool
This project is developing a decision support tool to aid resource managers, municipalities, and a county with decisions related to the preservation and restoration of mangrove, marsh, and beach habitats; water management; and coastal planning, zoning, and land acquisition.
Louisiana Watershed Management
This project will develop a cost-benefit framework for watershed management that will inform and reduce uncertainties during project selection of the Louisiana Watershed Initiative.
Manatee Warm-Water Habitat Networks
This project will prioritize efforts to restore, enhance, and create warm-water habitats in order to provide a network of thermal shelters for manatees along Florida’s Gulf Coast.
Marine Mammals and Acoustics
This project characterizes seasonal, annual, and decadal trends in marine mammal species in the Gulf of Mexico and assess the role of ocean conditions and human activities in driving these trends.
Marsh Birds and Fire
This project investigates how three bird species of concern (black rail, yellow rail, and mottled duck) respond to different prescribed fire management regimes within high marsh ecosystems across the Gulf of Mexico.