Besides coordinating monitoring programs, ESNERR staff carry out a variety of other estuarine conservation research projects. These investigations focus on poorly known aspects of Slough ecology, threats to biological communities and threats to physical habitat structure. Click on the following links for brief descriptions of on-going studies:

Native Oyster Restoration

Tidal Erosion

Ecotone Invasions and Restoration

Eutrophication in Elkhorn Slough

Invertebrate Invasions

Insects of Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve

For a description of Research Coordinator Kerstin Wasson’s conservation research, click here.

The Reserve’s research staff regularly publish the results of their conservation research in peer-reviewed scientific journals. A bibliography of their publications from 2005-2010 follows:

Publications authored by Reserve research staff (names in bold).  Former NERR Graduate Research Fellows that co-authored these studies are underlined.  Citations are in reverse chronological order (youngest to oldest).

Watson, E. B., Wasson, K., Pasternack, G. B., Woolfolk, A., Van Dyke, E., Gray, A. B., Pakenham, A., Wheatcroft, R. A.  2010.  Applications from paleoecology to environmental management and restoration in a dynamic coastal environment.  Restoration Ecology, in press.

Lambrecht, S., D’Amore, A. 2010. Restoration note: Solarization as a technique for exotic plant control in a cool coastal region (California). Ecological Restoration, in press.

Wasson, K.  2010.  Informing Olympia oyster restoration: evaluation of factors that limit populations in a California estuary.  Wetlands 30:449-459.

Fork, S. 2010.  Arthropod assemblages on native and nonnative plant species of a coastal reserve in California.  Environmental Entomology 39:753-762.

Gee, A. K., Wasson, K., Shaw, S. L., Haskins, J.  2010.  Signatures of restoration and management changes in the water quality of a central California estuary.  Coasts and Estuaries 33:1004-124.

Caffrey, J.M., Hollibaugh, J.T., Bano, N., Haskins, J.  2010.  Effects of upwelling on short-term variability in microbial and biogeochemical processes in estuarine sediments from Elkhorn Slough, California, USA.  Aquatic Microbial Ecology 58:261-271.

D’Amore, A., Hemingway, V., Wasson, K.  2010.  Do a threatened native amphibian and its invasive congener differ in response to human alteration of the landscape?  Biological Invasions 12(1):145-153.

Wasson, K. 2010. Olympia oysters: factors that control distribution and abundance in Pacific Coast estuaries and a case study of Elkhorn Slough, California.  Elkhorn Slough Technical Report Series 2010:4

Wasson, K.. 2010. Selected large benthic infaunal invertebrates: factors that control distribution and abundance in Pacific Coast estuaries and a case study of Elkhorn Slough, California.  Elkhorn Slough Technical Report Series 2010:3

Hughes, B., Haskins, J., Wasson, K. 2010. Assessment of the effects of nutrient loading in estuarine wetlands of the Elkhorn Slough watershed: a regional eutrophication report card.  Elkhorn Slough Technical Report Series 2010:1.

D’Amore, A., Kirby, E., McNicholas, M.  2009.  Invasive species shifts ontogenetic resource partitioning and microhabitat use of a threatened native amphibian.  Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 19:534-541.

Hughes, B. 2009. Synthesis for Management of Eutrophication Issues in Elkhorn Slough. Elkhorn Slough Technical Report Series 2009:1.

D’Amore, A., Kirby, E., Hemingway, V. 2009. Reproductive Interference by an Invasive Species: An Evolutionary Trap? Herpetological Conservation and Biology 4(3):325-330.

Preisler, R.K., Wasson, K., Wolff, W.J., Tyrrell, M.C.  2009.  Invasions of estuaries vs. the adjacent open coast: a global perspective.  Chapter 19 in Marine Bioinvasions: Ecology, Conservation and Management Perspectives, G Rilov and J Crooks (editors).

Martone, R. and Wasson, K.  2008.  Impacts and interactions of multiple human perturbations in a California salt marsh.  Oecologia 158(1):151-163.

Siciliano, D., Wasson, K., Potts, D.C., Olsen, R.C.  2008.  Evaluating hyperspectral imaging of wetland vegetation as a tool for detecting estuarine nutrient enrichment. Remote Sensing of Environment 112:4020-433.

Ritter, A.F., Wasson, K., Lonhart, S.I., Preisler, R.K., Woolfolk, A., Griffith, K.A., Connors, S., Heiman, K.  2008.  Ecological signatures of anthropogenically altered tidal exchange in estuarine ecosystems.  Estuaries and Coasts 31(3):554-571.

Caffrey, J.M., Chapin, T.P., Jannasch, H.W., Haskins, J.C. 2007. High nutrient pulses, tidal mixing and biological response in a small California estuary: Variability in nutrient concentrations from decadal to hourly time scales. Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science 71:368-380.

Wasson, K., Fenn, K., Pearse, J.S.  2005.  Habitat differences in marine invasions of Central California.  Biological Invasions 7:935-948.

Van Dyke, E. and Wasson, K.  2005.  Historical ecology of a central California estuary: 150 years of habitat change.  Estuaries 28(2):173-189.