A major focus of my research has been seagrass ecosystems with special emphasis on
plant-animal interactions. I am interested in exploring ecological relationships among
fish, invertebrates and plant structure. Likewise, I am interested in how animal activity
influences spatial distributional patterns of seagrasses. Much of my research focuses on
field studies and the seagrass beds in Tampa Bay, located in close proximity to USF,
provide excellent experimental systems as well as suitable contrast to other systems
within which I have worked (e.g. North Carolina, New Zealand). 

My present research interests include examining landscape ecology of seagrass beds and
investigating the links between seagrass change and faunal responses to such changes. An
additional topic of investigation in which I have been actively involved is restoration
of seagrass habitats with a special emphasis on evaluation of functional equivalency of
created seagrass beds. Some of my work has addressed short-term questions about faunal
invasion and productivity but I am also engaged in longer term studies of fish feeding
and invertebrate assemblages in constructed seagrass beds. 

Articles

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Tidal Influence on a Fringing Mangrove Intertidal Fish Community as Observed by in situ Video Recording: Implications for Studies of Tidally Migrating Nekton (with William L. Ellis), Marine Ecology - Progress Series (2008)

The vegetated intertidal zone has long been acknowledged as an important habitat for fish, but...

 

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Relationships Between a Hermit Crab and Its Shell Resource: Spatial Patterns Within a Seagrass-Dominated Landscape (with B. D. Robbins), Marine Ecology - Progress Series (2004)

Abundance patterns of the hermit crab Pagurus maclaughlinae and its gastropod shell resources were compared...

 

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Simulated Herbivory and the Dynamics of Disease in Thalassia testudinum (with J. W. Bowles), Marine Ecology - Progress Series (2004)

An experiment was conducted in a Thalassia testudinum bed in SW Florida to examine the...

 

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An Interdisciplinary and Synthetic Approach to Ecological Boundaries (with M. L. Cadenasso, S. T. A. Pickett, K. C. Weathers, T. L. Benning, M. M. Carreiro, and T. E. Dawson), Bioscience (2003)

We introduce a collection of articles that proposes conceptual and methodological tools to advance the...

 

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Structural Spacing and the Determination of Habitat Complexity: Examining the Bartholomew et al. (2000) Index (with R. A. Brooks and W. E. Ellis), Marine Ecology - Progress Series (2003)

We evaluate the use of the Bartholomew Sp/Pr index with reference to the collection of...