Full Title: Indicators and assessment framework for ecological health and ecosystem services
This project will identify, develop, and evaluate ecological health and ecosystem services indicators and an associated assessment and decision framework.
The Team: Larry D. McKinney (Lead Investigator, Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, Larry.McKinney@tamucc.edu), Mark A. Harwell (Harwell Gentile & Associates, LC), John H. Gentile (Harwell Gentile & Associates, LC), Jace W. Tunnell (Mission Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve), Cristina Carollo (Harte Research Institute, Texas A&M University Corpus Christi), David Yoskowitz (Harte Research Institute, Texas A&M University Corpus Christi), Just Cebrian [Dauphin Island Sea Lab (Marine Environmental Sciences Consortium)] and Kiersten Madden Stanzel (Mission Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve)
Technical Monitor: Becky Allee (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Federal Program Officer/Point of Contact: Frank Parker (email@example.com)
This project began in September 2015 and will end in August 2018.
Award Amount: $398,349
Why we care: An indicator is a measure of a component or process in an ecosystem that can serve as a proxy for overall condition of the ecosystem. This project will identify ecosystem and ecosystem service indicators that can be used with a decision-support tool to support restoration and sustainable management of the Mission Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve and its surrounding ecosystem.
What we are doing: The investigators will survey and evaluate existing ecological health and ecosystem services indicators including their links to human well-being and survey and evaluate assessment and decision frameworks for their applicability and utility in the Mission Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve (MANERR) ecosystem. The investigators will then develop an integrated assessment and decision-support tool using associated indicators based on what they have learned and ailor that work to management needs of the MANERR and its surrounding ecosystem. This will provide a simple measure of the health of the ecosystem and its link to human well-being.
Expected Outcome: The investigators will present the integrated approach they have developed to local resource managers and evaluate its potential utility for use broadly in the Gulf of Mexico.