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The Role of Black Mangroves in Introducing and Mediating Basal Carbon Sources in Estuarine Food Webs

posted on 02.08.2017

Melissa Baustian, Author

The Institute's Melissa Baustian, along with co-researchers from LSU's Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences and School of the Coast and Environment, presented ongoing work to the Gulf Estuarine Research Society looking at how the potential increase of black mangroves in Louisiana's coastal salt marshes could impact the food web. 

Assessing Potential Ecosystem Function in Coastal Wetlands Using Habitat Suitability Indices

posted on 12.21.2016

Tim Carruthers, Author

The Institute’s Tim Carruthers presented work about how to assess potential ecosystem functions using habitat suitability indices to the Southeastern Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies 2016. With a changing Louisiana coastal landscape, the amount of habitat for existing species that call the coast home could change over time. The presentation looks at how habitat suitability indices can be used to help quantify those changes. The presentation includes a number of maps looking at the change in hotspots of potential fish and shellfish habitat from 1956 to 2010.

Habitat Use by Fish and Crustaceans in a Changing Landscape

posted on 12.21.2016

Andrea Jerabek, Author

Andrea Jerabek, coastal ecology research associate at the Institute, presented work to the Gulf Estuarine Research Society on examining what types of fish and crustaceans could be found in different habitats across coastal Louisiana’s changing landscape. Researchers collected fish and shrimp samples at marsh, submerged aquatic vegetation, and bare sediment in open water at study sites in the Terrebonne Basin. Findings include that there were significant differences across habitats and that submerged aquatic vegetation could provide some habitat compensation for land loss.


Developing an Approach to Water Quality Trading Potential in Watersheds of Southern Louisiana

posted on 12.21.2016

Tim Carruthers, Author

The Institute’s Tim Carruthers presented work about the potential for water quality trading in Louisiana during the Restore America’s Estuaries 2016 conference in New Orleans. The study presented here looked at whether there is enough publicly available information to help compare water quality trading potential at a watershed scale in an effort to improve water quality and reduce nutrient input. The study looks at both permitted point and potential non-point sources of nutrients in coastal Louisiana which indicated that areas along the Mississippi River include the largest number of facilities with potential interest in trading.

Use of Floating and Submerged Aquatic Vegetation as Habitat by Nekton in Brackish Water Systems

posted on 12.21.2016

Kelly Darnell, Author

As Louisiana’s landscape changes, it’s important to know aquatic animals use different kinds of habitats like submerged and floating aquatic vegetation. During the during the Restore America’s Estuaries 2016 conference in New Orleans, the Institute’s Kelly Darnell presented work being done to assess how nekton use aquatic vegetation in brackish waters and examine drivers of potential patterns. Using sampling sites in the Pontchartrain, Barataria and Atchafalaya basins, researchers found that fish and crustaceans, including fishery species like blue crabs and spotted bass, used the submerged and floating aquatic vegetation as habitat. 

Gulf Coast Industrial Infrastructure Task Force

posted on 08.08.2016

Kai Midboe, Author

There are significant environmental risks that can extensively damage the industrial infrastructure along the Gulf Coast, and developing viable measures to protect this infrastructure is complex and costly. The Water Institute of the Gulf in conjunction with the U.S. Business Council for Sustainable Development propose to create a Gulf Coast Industrial Infrastructure Task Force to allow companies to work together and share the costs of responding to these risks. The Task Force will allow the companies to draw on the world-class scientific and modeling expertise of the Institute to evaluate the risks  and to utilize US BCSD’s skills in implementing collaborative regional projects that get the right people engaged in the conversation and provide sustained leadership to develop solutions. A meeting to help create the Task Force was held on August 5, 2016 at the Greater Lafourche Port Commission Office Building in Galliano, Louisiana. 

Introduction to the 2017 Coastal Master Plan Future Scenarios

posted on 07.07.2016

Yushi Wang, Author

Yushi Wang of The Water Institute provided a poster presentation related to the 2017 Coast Master Plan Future Scenarios at the State of the Conference held in New Orleans on June 1-3, 2016. The poster illustrated thatobjective of the Louisiana Coastal Master Plan (MP) is to evaluate and select restoration and protection projects. Given the uncertainty associated with future environmental conditions, models that seek to predict future outcomes must incorporate some level of variability in the input variables to reflect such uncertainty. Based on simulation results, three future scenarios were developed for use in the 2017 Coastal Master Plan. These future environmental conditions provide insight into project performance into the future, across a range of plausible future conditions.


Data Collection and Baseline Assessments for the Calcasieu Salinity Control Measures Project

posted on 07.07.2016

Cyndhia Ramatchandirane, Author

Cyndhia Ramatchandirane of The Water Institute presented studies related to exploring measures that will reduce saltwater from entering the Calcasieu Lake through the Calcasieu Ship Channel at the State of the Coast Conference held in New Orleans on June 1-3, 2016. The studies also addresses impacts of regional hydrologic alterations and Channel dimension changes since 1874. 

The Impact of the Davis Pond Freshwater Diversion on Water and Sediment Exchange in Barataria Basin

posted on 07.07.2016

Cyndhia Ramatchandirane, Author

Cyndhia Ramatchandirane of The Water Institute presented research regarding salinity and suspended sediment in coastal Louisiana and Barataria Basin at the State of the Coast Conference held in New Orleans on June 1-3, 2016. The research compares three different Davis Pond Freshwater Diversion operations on the Barataria Basin salinities and suspended sediment concentrations. 

Nutrient Status of Submerged Aquatic Vegetation in Coastal Louisiana

posted on 06.30.2016

Kelly Darnell, Tim Carruthers, Author

Kelly Darnell and Tim Carruthers of The Water Institute's Coastal Ecology team presented research related to decadal changes in nutrient storage in seaggrass at the Chandeleur Islands and nutrient status of submerged aquatic vegetation in coastal watersheds from Mississippi to Texas at the 2016 State of the Coast Conference on June 1-3, 2016.