GTM Research Reserve publications and other resources. 

NOTE:  All research was conducted within or surrounding the Reserve.  Past and present Reserve staff member names are in bold.


Angelini, C., S.G. van Montfrans, M.J. Hensel, Q. He, and B.R. Silliman. 2018. The

importance of an underestimated grazer under climate change: how crab density, consumer competition, and physical stress affect salt marsh resilience. Oecologia 187:205-217.


Blonder, B.I., J.M. Wooldridge and M.B. Garrard. 2018. Assessing postfire vegetative changes and implications for management in a Northeast Florida coastal strand ecosystem. Castanea 83(1):104-121.


Cannizzo, Z.J., and B.D. Griffen. 2018. Habitat-specific impacts of Hurricane Matthew on a

range-expanding species. Hydrobiologia 809(1):79-89.


Herbert, D., E. Astrom, A.C. Bersoza, A. Batzer, P. McGovern, C. Angelini, S. Wasman, N. Dix, and A. Sheremet. 2018. Mitigating Erosional Effects Induced by Boat Wakes with Living Shorelines. Sustainability 10(2):436



Holmquist, J.R., L. Windham-Myers, N. Bliss, S. Crooks, J. Morris, J.P. Megonigal, T. Troxler, D. Weller, J. Callaway, J. Drexler, M.C. Ferner, M. Gonneea, K. Kroeger, L. Schile-Beers, I. Woo, K. Buffington, J. Breithaupt, B.M. Boyd, L.N. Brown, N. Dix, L. Hice, B. Horton, G.M. MacDonald, R.P. Moyer, W. Reay, T. Shaw, E. Smith, J. Smoak, C. Sommerfield, K. Thorne, D. Velinsky, E. Watson, K. Wilson Grimes, M. Woodrey. 2018. Accuracy and precision of tidal wetlands soil carbon mapping in the conterminous United States. Scientific Reports. DOI:10.1038/s41598-018-26948-7.




Bacopoulos, P. and S.C. Hagen. 2017. The intertidal zones of the South Atlantic Bight and their local and regional influence on astronomical tides. Ocean Modelling 119:13-34.


Goldberg, N.A. and J.N. Heine. 2017. Life on the leading edge: Phenology and demography of the red mangrove Rhizophora mangle L. at the northern limit of its expanding range. Flora 235:76-82.


Johnston, C.A. and O.N. Caretti. 2017. Mangrove expansion into temperate marshes alters habitat quality for recruiting Callinectes spp. Marine Ecology Progress Series 573:1-14.


Kimbro, D.L., J.H. Grabowski, A.R. Hughes, M.F. Piehler and J.W. White. 2017. Nonconsumptive effects of a predator weaken then rebound over time. Ecology 98(3):656-667.


Korsman, B.M., M.E. Kimball and F.J. Hernandez Jr. 2017. Spatial and temporal variability in ichthyoplankton communities ingressing through two adjacent inlets along the southeastern US Atlantic coast. Hydrobiologia 95(1):219-237.


Lewandowski, E.J., and K.S. Oberhauser. 2017. Butterfly citizen scientists in the United States

increase their engagement in conservation. Biological Conservation, 208, 106-112.


Radabaugh, K.R., C.E. Powell, and R.P. Moyer. 2017. Coastal Habitat Integrated Mapping and

Monitoring Program Report for the State of Florida.


Simpson, L.T., T.Z. Osborne, L.J. Duckett and I.C. Feller. 2017. Carbon Storages along a Climate Induced Coastal Wetland Gradient. Wetlands


Southwell, M.W., J.J. Veenstra, C.D. Adams, E.V. Scarlett, and K.B. Payne. 2017. Changes in Sediment Characteristics upon Oyster Reef Restoration, NE Florida, USA. Journal of Coastal Zone Management 20: 442.




Barbas, R.E. 2016. Tests of Reproductive Isolation Between the Fishes Fundulus heteroclitus

and F. grandis. Master’s Thesis. University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL.


Cannizzo, Z.J. and B.D. Griffen. 2016. Changes in spatial behavior patterns by mangrove tree crabs following climate-induced range shift into novel habitat. Animal Behaviour 121:79-86.


Dahl, J. 2016. Implications of human use on a National Estuarine Research Reserve. Thesis. Bethune-Cookman University, Daytona Beach, FL.


Dangremond, E.M. and I.C. Feller. 2016. Precocious reproduction increases at the leading edge of a mangrove range expansion. Ecology and Evolution 6(14):5087-5092.


Hanley, T.C., A.R. Hughes, B. Williams, H. Garland and D.L. Kimbro. 2016. Effects of intraspecific diversity on survivorship, growth, and recruitment of the eastern oyster across sites. Ecology 97(6):1518-1529.


McGinley, E., A. O’Connor, E. Vazquez and J. Veenstra. 2016. Analysis of the Nearshore Fish Community in a Northeast Florida Estuary. Southeastern Naturalist 15(4):613-630.


Nifong, J.C. 2016. Living on the Edge: Trophic ecology of Alligator mississippiensis (American Alligator) with access to a shallow estuarine impoundment. Bulletin of the Florida Museum of Natural History 54(2):13-49.


Rodriguez, W., I.C. Feller and K.C. Cavanaugh. 2016. Spatio-temporal changes of a mangrove–saltmarsh ecotone in the northeastern coast of Florida, USA. Global Ecology and Conservation 7:245-261.




Beyers, J.E., J.H. Grabowski, M.F. Piehler, A.R. Hughes, H.W. Weiskel, J.C. Malek and D.L.

Kimbro. 2015. Geographic variation in intertidal oyster reef properties and the influence of   tidal prism. Limnology and Oceanography. Available Online, Doi: 10.1002.


Cook‐Patton, S.C., M. Lehmann, and J.D. Parker. 2015. Convergence of three mangrove species

towards freeze‐tolerant phenotypes at an expanding range edge. Functional Ecology, 29(10), 1332-1340.


Crickenberger, S. 2015. Predicting a range shift and range limits in an introduced tropical marine invertebrate using species distribution models. Hydrobiologica 763(1):193-205.


Davis, J.R., R.J. Figueiredo, Y.P. Sheng, J. Fortes, A. Ganguly, V.A. Paramygin, D.I. Wolinsky,

  1. Zhang and B. Tutak. 2015. Application of emerging cyberinfastructure technologies to

aid in the education and training of coastal and estuarine scientists. Journal of Ocean

Technology: Reviews and Papers 5:58-80.


Dunnigan, S.K. 2015. Habitat value of restored intertidal shoreline for fish and macrobenthic communities in Northeast Florida. Master’s Thesis. University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL.


Garland, H.G. and D.L. Kimbro. 2015. Drought increases consumer pressure on oyster

reefs in Florida, USA. PLOS ONE. DOI:10.1371/journal pone.0 125095.


Hart, J.A., E.J. Philips, S. Badylak, N. Dix, K. Petrinec, A.L. Matthews, W. Green and A. Srifa.

  1. Phytoplankton biomass and composition in a well-flushed, sub-tropical estuary: the contrasting effects of hydrology, nutrient loads and allochthonous. Marine Environmental Research 112:9-20.


Linhoss, A.C., G. Kiker, M. Shirley and K. Frank. 2015. Sea- level, inundation and marsh

migration: simulating impacts on developed lands and environmental systems. Journal of Coastal Research 31:36-46.


Rosenblatt, R.E., J.C. Nifong, M.R. Heithaus, F.J. Mazzotti, M.S. Cherkiss, B.M. Jeffery, R.M.

Elsey, R.A. Decker, B.R. Silliman, L.J. Guillette Jr., R.H. Lowers and J.C. Larson. 2015.          Factors affecting individual foraging specialization and temporal diet stability across the range of a large “generalist” apex predator. Oecologia ST: DOI 10.1007/s00442-014-3201-6.


Tritinger, A. 2015. Numerical modeling and analysis of tidal variance and marsh productivity in the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve, Florida. Master’s Thesis. University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL.


Zhu, M., X. Xi, T.S. Hoctor and M. Volk. 2015. Integrating conservation costs into sea level rise adaptive conservation prioritization. Global Ecology and Conservation 4:48-62.




Burford, M.O., J. Scarpa, B.J. Cook and M.P. Hare. 2014. Local adaptation of a marine

invertebrate with a high dispersal potential: evidence from a reciprocal transplant experiment of the eastern oyster Crassostrea virginica. Marine Ecology Progress Series 505:161-175.


Byers, J. E., T.L. Rogers, J.H. Grabowski, A.R. Hughes, M.F. Piehler and D.L. Kimbro. 2014.

Host and parasite recruitment correlated at a regional scale. Oecologia 174:731-738.


Eash-Loucks, W.E., M.E. Kimball and K.M. Petrinec. 2014. Long-term changes in an

estuarine mud crab community: evaluating the impact of non-native species. Journal of

Crustacean Biology 34(6):731-738.


Garland, H. 2014. Investigating the causes of sudden spatial shifts in oyster (Crassostrea virginica) abundance and traits in Northeast Florida. Thesis. Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL.


Gilg, M.R., R. Howard, M. Middlebrook, M. Abdulnour, E. Lukaj, Y.P. Sheng, T. Liu and B.

Tutak.  2014. Estimating the dispersal capacity of the introduced Green Mussel, Perna viridis

(Linnaeus, 1758), from field collections and oceanographic modeling. Journal of Experimental

Marine Biology and Ecology 461:233-242.


Nifong, J.C., R.L. Nifong, B.R. Silliman, R.H. Lowers, L.J. Guillette Jr., J.M. Ferguson, M.  

Welsh, K. Abernathy and G. Marshall. 2014. Animal-borne imaging reveals novel insights into the foraging behaviors and diel activity of a large-bodied apex predator, the American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis). PLOS ONE 9(1):1-11.


Pawelek, J.C. and M.E. Kimball.  2014. Gopher Tortoise ecology in coastal upland and beach

dune habitats in northeast Florida. Chelonian Conservation and Biology 13(1):27-34.


Williams, A.A., S.F. Eastman., W.E. Eash-Loucks, M.E. Kimball, M.L. Lehmann and J.D.

Parker. 2014. Record northernmost endemic mangroves on the United States Atlantic Coast with a note on latitudinal migration. Southeastern Naturalist 13(1):56-63.




Bohm, M., B. Collen, J.E.M. Baillie, P. Bowles, J. Chanson, N. Cox, … G. Zug. 2013. The conservation status of the world’s reptiles. Biological Conservation 57:372–385.


Cavanaugh K.C., J.R. Kellner, A.J. Forde, D.S. Gruner, J.D. Parker, W. Rodriguez and I.C.

Feller. 2013.  Poleward expansion of mangroves is a threshold response to decreased frequency of extreme cold events and supporting information PNAS:


Dix N.E., E. Phlips and P. Suscy. 2013. Factors controlling Phytoplankton biomass in a

subtropical coastal lagoon: relative scales of influence. Estuaries and Coasts 36:981-996.


Henzler J.M., R. Xue, A. Thornton, M.A. Kimball and M. Shirley. 2013. Mosquito species

composition and seasonal abundance in a National Estuarine Research Reserve in northeastern

Florida. Technical Bulletin of the Florida Mosquito Control Association 9:13-16.


Ho, C.K., and S.C. Pennings. 2013. Preference and Performance in Plant–Herbivore

Interactions across Latitude–A Study in US Atlantic Salt Marshes. PloS one, 8(3), e59829.


Korsman, B.M. 2013. The spatial and temporal community structure of Ichthyoplankton in a

Northeast Florida Estuary: A study of Ingress at a faunal boundary. Master’s Thesis.

University of North Florida.


Lau, A., and C.K. Dodd Jr. 2013. Multiscale burrow site selection of gopher tortoises (Gopherus

polyphemus) in coastal sand dune habitat. Journal of Coastal Research, 31(2), 305-314.


Nash, E.F. 2011. Understanding the Invasion of Florida’s Intertidal Crassostrea virginica

Reefs by Non-native Marine Invertebrate Species. Master’s Thesis. University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL.


Nifong J.C., R.H. Lowers, B.R. Silliman, K.A. Abernathy and G. Marshall. 2013. Attachment

and deployment of remote video/audio recording devices (Crittercams) on wild American

Alligators (Alligator mississippiensis). Herpetological Review 44(2):243-247.


Nifong J.C. and B.R. Silliman. 2013. Impacts of a large-bodied, apex predator (Alligator  

   mississippiensis Daudin 1801) on salt marsh food webs. Journal of Experimental Marine  

   Biology and Ecology 440:185–191.


Rudd, M., K. Jennette, B. Duey, A. Selman, and T.J. Seron. 2013. The Effects of Increased

Acidity on the Shell Integrity and Body Size of C. Virginica: A Comparison of Oyster Populations in Northeast Florida.


Spinuzzi, S., K.R. Schneider, L.J. Walters, W.S. Yuan, and E.A. Hoffman. 2013. Tracking the

distribution of the non-native marine invertebrates (Mytella charruana, Perna viridis and

Megabalanus coccopoma) along the south-eastern USA. Marine Biodiversity Records



Verhulst, S. 2013. Response of the Epiphytic Algal Communities to Experimentally Elevated

Nutrient Levels in Intertidal Salt Marsh Habitats. Master’s Thesis. University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL.


Waterhouse, A.F., B. Tutak, A. Valle-Levinson, and Y.P. Sheng. 2013. Influence of two

tropical storms on the residual flow in a subtropical tidal inlet. Estuaries and coasts, 36(5), 1037-1053.


Williams A.A. and M.E. Kimball.  2013. Evaluation of long-term trends in hydrographic and

nutrient parameters in a southeast U.S. coastal river. Environmental Monitoring and   

    Assessment 185:10495–10509.





Burgess, J.P.  2012. Cuban Brown Anoles (Anolis sagrei) in the Turks & Caicos Islands. IRCF  

    Reptiles & Amphibians. 19(4):263–264.


Eash-Loucks, W.E. and D.G. Fautin. 2012. Taxonomy and distribution of sea anemones

(Cnidaria: Actiniaria and Corallimorpharia) from deep water of the northeastern Pacific.

Zootaxa 3375:1-80.


Eastman, S.F. and C.E. Eastman. 2012. Caretta caretta (Loggerhead Sea Turtle) Reproduction.

Herpetological Review, 43:3.


Gilg, M.R., E.G. Johnson, J. Gobin, B.M. Bright, and A.I. Ortolaza. 2013. Population genetics of introduced and native populations of the green mussel, Perna viridis: determining patterns of introduction. Biological invasions, 15(2), 459-472.


Hare, J.A., M.J. Wuenschel and M.E. Kimball.  2012. Projecting range limits with coupled

thermal tolerance – climate change models: An example based on Gray Snapper (Lutjanus

    griseus) along the U.S. east coast. PLOS ONE 7(12): e52294.



Hart, J. 2012. Spatial and temporal patterns of phytoplankton abundance and composition in a well-flushed, sub-tropical ecosystem. Thesis. University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.


Kimball, M.E. and K.W. Able. 2012. Tidal migrations of intertidal salt marsh creek Nekton

examined with underwater video. Northeastern Naturalist 19(3):475–486.


Nifong, J.C., A.E. Rosenblatt, N. Johnson, W. Barichivich, B. Silliman and M.R. Heithaus. 2012.

American Alligator digestion rate of Blue Crabs and its implications for stomach contents  analysis. Copeia 3:419-423.


Wuenschel, M.J., J.A. Hare, M.E. Kimball and A.W. Able. 2012. Evaluating juvenile thermal

tolerance as a constraint on adult range of gray snapper (Lutjanus griseus): A combined

laboratory, field and modeling approach. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and  

    Ecology 436-437:19–27.




Humphries, A.T., M.K. La Peyre, M.E. Kimball and L.P. Rozas. 2011. Testing the effect of

habitat structure and complexity on nekton assemblages using experimental oyster reefs.

Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 409:172-179.


Krysko, KL, J.P. Burgess, M.R. Rochford, C.R. Gillette, D. Cueva, K.M. Enge, …, S.V. Nielsen. 2011. Verified non-indigenous amphibians and reptiles in Florida from 1863 through 2010: Outlining the invasion process and identifying invasion pathways and stages. Zootaxa 3028:1-64.


Nifong, J.C. and M.G. Frick.  2011. First record of the American Alligator (Alligator

    mississippiensis) as a host to the Sea Turtle Barnacle (Chelonibia testudinaria). Southeastern

    Naturalist 10(3):557-560.


Nifong, J.C., M.G. Frick and S.F. Eastman.  2011. Putative predation and scavenging of two sea

turtle species by the American Alligator, Alligator mississippiensis, in coastal southeastern

United States. Herpetological Review 42(4):511–513.


Riley, L.W., N. Dix and E.J. Philips. 2011. A new attachment device for deployment of

monitoring equipment in estuaries and other high-energy environments.  Environmental

Monitoring and Assessment DOI 10.1007/s10661-010-1419-2.


Tutak, B. and P. Sheng.  2011. Effect of tropical cyclones on residual circulation and momentum

balance in a subtropical estuary and inlet: observation and simulation. Journal of Geophysical

    Research 116:C06014, DOI 10.1029/2011JC006988


Urian, A.G., J.D. Hatle, and M.R. Gilg. 2011. Thermal constraints for range expansion of the

invasive green mussel, Perna viridis, in the southeastern United States. Journal of Experimental Zoology Part A: Ecological Genetics and Physiology, 315(1), 12-21.




Dix, N.G. 2010. Nutrient, phytoplankton, and oyster dynamics in a highly flushed subtropical lagoon, northeast Florida. Dissertation. University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.


Foust, C.M. 2010. Seeking Generalities in Salt Stress Effects on Herbivores: A Multi-Species

Approach. Master’s Thesis. University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL.


Galleher, S.N., M.R. Gilg, and K.J. Smith. 2010. Comparison of larval thermal maxima

between Fundulus heteroclitus and F. grandis. Fish physiology and biochemistry, 36(3), 731-740.


Gilg, M.R., E. Lukaj, M. Abdulnour, M. Middlebrook, E. Gonzalez, R. Turner and R. Howard.

  1. Spatio-temporal settlement patterns of the non-native titan acorn barnacle, Megabalanus

    coccopoma, in northeastern Florida. Journal of Crustacean Biology 30(1):146-150.


Shamblin, B.M., M.G. Dodd, D.A. Bagley, L.M. Ehrhart, A.D. Tucker, C. Johnson, …, C.J. Nairn. 2010. Genetic structure of the southeastern United States loggerhead turtle nesting aggregation: evidence of additional structure within the peninsular Florida recovery unit. Marine Biology 158(3):571-587.


Turtora, M. and E.M. Shotman. 2010. Seasonal and spatial distribution patterns of finfish and

selected invertebrates in coastal lagoons of northeastern Florida, 2002-2004: U.S. Geological

    Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2010-5131:90.


Zhang, H., J. Scarpa and M.P. Hare. 2010. Differential fertilization success between two

    populations of eastern oyster, Crassostrea virginicaBiological Bulletin 219:142-150.




Frazel, D.W. 2009. Site Profile of the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research



Kysko, K.L., K.M. Enge, E.M. Donlan, E.A. Golden, J.P. Burgess and K.W. Larson. 2009. The

non-marine herpetofauna of Key Biscayne, Florida. Herpetological Conservation and Biology



Murt, J. and F. Juanes. (2009). Cohort-specific winter growth rates of YOY bluefish, Pomatomus

     saltatrix, in northeast Florida estuaries: implications for recruitment. Journal of Northwest

    Atlantic Fishery Science 41:221-231.




Burgess, J.P. and C.E. Eastman.  2008. Dermochelys coriacea (Atlantic Leatherback Sea

Turtle). Reproduction. Herpetological Review 39:2.


Dix, N.G., E.J. Phlips and R.A. Gleeson.  2008. Water quality changes in the Guana Tolomato

Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve, Florida, associated with Four Tropical

Storms. Journal of Coastal Research SI (55):26-37.


Schmid, J.L., D.S. Addison, M.A. Donnelly, M.A. Shirley and T. Wibbels.  2008. The effect of

Australian pine (Casuarina equisetifolia) removal on loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta)

incubation temperatures on Keewaydin Island, Florida. Journal of Coastal Research:



Sheng, Y.P., B. Tutak, J.R. Davis and V. Paramygin.  2008. Circulation and flushing in the

lagoonal system of the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve

(GTMNERR), Florida. Journal of Coastal Research SI (55):9-25.




Webb, B.M., J.N. King, B. Tutak and A. Valle-Levinson.  2007. Flow structure at a trifurcation

near a North Florida inlet. Continental Shelf Research 27(10-11):1528-1547.




Dix, N. 2006. Temporal changes in salinity and nutrient regimes of a tidal creek within the

Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve, FL associated with the 2004 hurricanes. (Masters Thesis, University of Florida).


Price, F.  2006. Quantification, analysis, and management of Intracoastal Waterway channel

margin erosion in the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research reserve,

Florida: NERRS Technical Report Series 2006:1.


Powell, M.A., R.J. Thieke, and A.J. Mehta. 2006. Morphodynamic relationships for ebb and

flood delta volumes at Florida’s tidal entrances. Ocean Dynamics, 56(3-4), 295-307.


Zomlefer, W.B., W.S. Judd and D.E. Giannasi.  2006. Northernmost limit of Rhizophora mangle

(Red Mangrove; Rhizophoraceae) in St. Johns County, Florida. Castanea 71(3):239–244.





Harwood, V.J., and D.V. Lim. 2005. Real-Time Detection of Human Pathogens in the Guana-

Tolomato-Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve. A Final Report Submitted to the NOAA/UNH Cooperative Institute for Coastal and Estuarine Environmental Technology (CICEET), Durham, NH. 53pp.


Price, F. 2005. Quantification, analysis, and management of Intracoastal Waterway channel

margin erosion in the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research reserve,

Florida: NERRS.  Master’s Thesis. Florida State University.





Johnson, A. M. 2004. Estuary Use Planning and the Application of Terrestrial Zoning

Principles in an Estuarine System: A Case Study of the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve. Doctoral dissertation. University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.


Kennish, M.J. 2004. NERRS Research and Monitoring Initiatives. Journal of Coastal Research,

SI (45):1-8.


Phlips, E.J., N. Love, S. Badylak, P. Hansen, J. Lockwood, C.V. John and R.A. Gleeson. 2004.

A comparison of water quality and hydrodynamic- characteristics of the Guana Tolomato

Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve and the Indian River Lagoon of Florida.

Journal of Coastal Research SI (45):93-109.








Albertus, J.A. and R.O. Laine. 2001. Enhanced xenobiotic transporter expression in normal

teleost hepatocytes: response to environmental and chemotherapeutic toxins. Journal of Experimental Biology, 204(2), 217-227.




Harwood, V.J., J. Whitlock, and V. Withington, 2000. Classification of antibiotic resistance

patterns of indicator bacteria by discriminant analysis: use in predicting the source of fecal contamination in subtropical waters. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 66(9), 3698-3704.


Additional Research Program Resources

(email Nikki for copies)


Becoming a NERRS Sentinel Site

Nikki Dix, Ph.D.
Presented to the GTM Research Reserve Management Advisory Group
March 19, 2014


How does eutrophication affect oyster population structure in a highly flushed, subtropical estuary?

Nikki Dix, Ph.D.
March 2014


Water Quality and Sustainability: Usina Oyster Internship Update

Kaitlyn Dietz
Presented to the GTM Research Reserve Management Advisory Group
March 2015