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The Ecology Center has supported a lot of research over the years.  Here are some of the publications center research has produced.

Ackleh, A., J. Carter, K. Deng, Q. Huang, N. Pal, and X. Yang (2012). Fitting a Structured Juvenile-Adult Model for Green Tree Frogs to Population Estimates from Capture-Mark-Recapture Field Data, Bulletin of Mathematical Biology 74:641-665.

Ackleh, A., J. Carter, L. Cole, T. Nguyen, J. Monte, and C. Pettit (2010). Measuring and Modeling the Seasonal Changes of an Urban Green Treefrog (Hyla cinerea) Population. Ecological Modeling 221:281-289.

Adeyemi, J., P.L. Klerks. 2013. Occurrence of copper acclimation in the least killifish, Heterandria formosa and the associated biochemical and physiological mechanisms. Aquat. Toxicol. 130-131:51-57.

Adeyemi, J.,and P.L. Klerks (2012). Salinity acclimation modulates copper toxicity in the sheepshead minnow, Cyprinodon variegatus. Environ. Toxicol. Chem. 31:1573-1578.

Adeyemi, J.A, L.E. Deaton, T.C. Pesacreta, and P.L. Klerks (2012). Effects of copper on osmoregulation in sheepshead minnow, Cyprinodon variegatus acclimated to different salinities. Aquat. Toxicol. 109:111-117.

Allain, L., L. Smith, C. Allen, M.F. Vidrine, and J.B. Grace (2006). A floristic quality assessment system for the coastal prairie of Louisiana. Proceedings of the 19th North American Prairie Conference, pp. 1-18.

Alleman, L.,and M. Hester (2011). Reproductive ecology of black mangrove (Avicennia germinans) along the Louisiana Coast. Estuaries and Coasts 34:1068-1077.

Alleman, L., and M. Hester (2011). Refinement of the fundamental niche of black mangrove (Avicennia germinans) seedlings in Louisiana: Applications for restoration. Wetlands Ecology and Management 19:47-60.

Allen, J.A., K.W. Krauss, and R.D. Hauff (2003). Factors limiting the intertidal distribution of the mangrove species Xylocarpus granatum. Oecologia 135:110-121.

Athrey, N.R.G., P.L. Leberg, and P.L. Klerks (2007). Laboratory culturing and selection for increased resistance to cadmium both reduce genetic variation in the least killifish Heterandria formosa. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 26:1916-1921.

Athrey, N.R.G, R. F. Lance, and P. L. Leberg (2012). How far is too close? Restricted, sex-biased dispersal in black-capped vireos.  Molecular Ecology, In Press.

Athrey, N.R.G., K.R. Barr, R.F. Lance, and P. L. Leberg (2012). Birds in space & time: Genetic changes accompanying anthropogenic habitat fragmentation in the endangered black-capped vireo (Vireo atricapilla).

Evolutionary Applications. In press.

Athrey, G., D. L. Lindsay, R. F. Lance, and P. L. Leberg (2006). Crumbling diversity: Comparison of historical archived and contemporary natural populations indicate reduced genetic diversity and increasing genetic differentiation in the golden-cheeked warbler. Conservation Genetics 12:1345-1355.

Cardona-Olarte, P., R.R. Twilley, and K.W. Krauss (2006). Responses of neotropical mangrove seedlings grown in mono and mixed cultures under treatments of hydroperiod and salinity. Hydrobiologia 569:325-341.

Cardona-Olarte, P., K.W. Krauss,and R.R. Twilley (2013). Leaf gas exchange and nutrient use efficiency help explain the distribution of two neotropical mangroves under contrasting flooding and salinity. International Journal of Forestry Research, vol. 2013, Article ID 524625, 10 pp.

Carlton, C., V. Townsend Jr, P. Van Zandt, and S. Mopper (2000). Description of the larvae of Loberus impressus Leconte with notes on its natural history (Languriidae: Xenoscelinae). Annals of the Entomological Society

of America 93:356-361.

Castañeda-Moya, E., R. R. Twilley, and V. H. Rivera-Monroy (2013). Allocation of biomass and net primary productivity of mangrove forests along environmental gradients in the Florida Coastal Everglades, USA. Forest

Ecology and Management 307:226-241.

Cormier N, Twilley RR, Ewel KC & Krauss KW (2015) Fine root productivity varies along nitrogen and phosphorus gradients in high-rainfall mangrove forests of Micronesia. Hydrobiologia 750:69-87.

Doyle, C.M., P.L. Leberg, and P.L. Klerks (2011). Heritability of heat tolerance in a small livebearing fish, Heterandria formosa. Ecotoxicology 20:535-542.

Elderkin, C.L., E.J. Perkins, P.L. Leberg, P.L. Klerks,and R.F. Lance (2004). Amplified fragment length polymorphism (AFLP) analysis of the genetic structure of the zebra mussel, Dreissena polymorpha, in the Mississippi River. Freshwater Biology 49:1487-1494.

Elderkin, C.L., J.A. Stoeckel, D.J. Berg,and P.L. Klerks (2004). Heritability of heat tolerance in zebra mussel veligers. Journal of Great Lakes Research 30:360-366.

Elderkin, C.L.,and P.L. Klerks (2005). Variation in thermal tolerance among three Mississippi River populations of the zebra mussel, Dreissena polymorpha. Journal of Shellfish Research 24:221-226.

Geddes, N.A.,and S. Mopper (2006). Effects of environmental salinity on vertebrate florivory and wetland communities. Natural Areas Journal 26:31-37. Cover Photograph.

Grace, J.B., A. Owens,and L. Allain (2005). Fireloggers User's Manual: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2005-1212, 24 p.

Grace, J.B., and K. Zouhar (2008). Fire and nonnative invasive plants in the central bioregion. In: K. Zouhar, J.K. Smith, S. Sutherland, M.L. Brooks (eds). Wildland Fire in Ecosystems: Fire and Nonnative Invasive Plants, Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-42-volume 6. Ogden, UT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station.

Grace, J.B., L.K. Allain, H.Q. Baldwin, A.G. Billock, W.R. Eddleman, A.M. Given, C.W. Jeske,and R. Moss (2005). An Assessment of Prescribed Fire Effects at the USFWS Texas Mid-coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex. USGS Open-File Report 2005-1287. 40 p.

Green, M.C., J.L. Waits, M.L. Avery, M.E. Tobin,and P.L. Leberg (2006). Microsatellite variation of double-crested cormorant breeding populations in eastern North America. Journal of Wildlife Management 70:579-583.

Green, M.C., and P.L. Leberg (2005). Flock formation and the role of plumage colouration in Ardeidae. Canadian Journal of Zoology 83:683-693.

Green, M.C., and P.L. Leberg (2005) Influence of plumage colouration on prey response: does habitat alter heron crypsis to prey? Animal Behaviour 70:1203-1208.

Green, C., P.L. Leberg, and M. Luent (2010) Evaluation of aerial sampling methods for detecting waterbird colonies. Journal of Field Ornithology 81:411-419.

Hasenstein, K., S. John, P. Scherp, D. Povinelli, S. Mopper (2012). Analysis of magnetic gradients to study gravitropism. American Journal of Botany. In press.

Hasenstein, K.H., Zavada M.S. (2001). Auxin modification of the incompatibility response in Theobroma cacao L. Physiologia Plantarum 112:113-118.

Heimann, K., P.L. Klerks,and K.H. Hasenstein (2009). Involvement of actin and microtubules in regulation of bioluminescence and translocation of chloroplasts in the dinoflagellate Pyrocystis lunula. Botanica Marina, in press.

Hitch, A.T., S.B. Martin, K.M. Purcell, P.L. Klerks, and P.L. Leberg (2011). Interactions of salinity, marsh fragmentation and submerged aquatic vegetation on resident nekton assemblages of coastal marsh ponds. Estuaries and Coasts.

Howard, R.J. (2004). Identification of high-biomass producing strains of native herbaceous plants for use in coastal restoration. Final Report to the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources, Coastal Restoration Division. 72 pp.

Howard, R.J. (2010). Intraspecific variation in growth of marsh macrophytes in response to salinity and soil type: implications for wetland restoration. Estuaries and Coasts 33:127-138.

Howard, R.J.,and P.S. Rafferty (2006). Clonal variation in response to salinity and flooding stress in four marsh macrophytes of the Northern Gulf of Mexico, USA. Environmental and Experimental Botany 56:301-313.

Howard, R.J., S.E. Travis, and B.A. Sikes (2008). Rapid growth of a Eurasian haplotype of Phragmites australis in a restored brackish marsh in Louisiana, USA. Biological Invasions 10:369-379.  DOI 10.1007/s10530-007-9136-7.

Jutila, H., and J.B. Grace (2002). Effects of disturbance and competitive release on germination and seedling establishment in a coastal prairie grassland. Journal of Ecology 90:291-302.

Kilaru, A., B.A. Bailey,and K.H. Hasenstein (2007). Moniliophthora perniciosa elevates auxin and salicylic acid levels in cocoa leaves. FEMS Microbiology Letters 274:238-244 (DOI: 10.1111/j.1574-6968.2007.00837.x)

Kilaru, A.,and K.H. Hasenstein (2005). Development and pathogenicity of the fungus Crinipellis perniciosa on interaction with cacao leaves. Phytopathology 95:101-107, Cover Photograph.

King, S., J.B. Grace (2000). The effects of gap size and disturbance type on invasion of wet pine savanna by cogongrass, Imperata cylindrica (Poaceae). American Journal of Botany 87:1279-1286.

King, S., and J.B. Grace (2000). The effects of soil flooding on the establishment of cogongrass (Imperata cylindrica), a nonindigenous invader of the southeastern United States. Wetlands 20:300-306.

Klerks, P.L. (2000). Response to "Adaptation to xenobiotics: Multigenerational costs and benefits" by Joel Meyer. SETAC Globe 1(issue 4):26-27.

Klerks, P.L. (2002). Adaptation, ecological impacts and risk assessment: Insights from research at Foundry Cove, Bayou Trepagnier and Pass Fourchon. Human and Ecological Risk Assessment 8:971-982.

Klerks, P.L., C.J. Moreau (2001). Heritability of resistance to individual contaminants and to contaminant mixtures in the sheepshead minnow (Cyprinodon variegatus). Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 20:1746-51.

Klerks, P.L., D.L. Felder, K. Strasser, and P.W. Swarzenski (2007). Effects of ghost shrimp on zinc and cadmium in sediments from Tampa Bay, FL. Marine Chemistry 104:17-26.

Klerks, P.L., J.A. Nyman,and S. Bhattacharyya (2004). Relationship between hydrocarbon measurements and toxicity to a chironomid, fish larva and daphnid for oils and oil spill chemical treatments in laboratory freshwater marsh microcosms. Environmental Pollution 129:345-353.

Klerks, P.L., M.A. Blaha (2009). Heat tolerance as an indicator of climate change impacts: General considerations and a case study in Poeciliid fish. Environmental Bioindicators 4:46-66.

Klerks, P.L., C.M. Doyle, and P.L. Leberg (2011). Heritability of heat tolerance in a small livebearing fish, heterandria formosa. Ecotoxicology 20:535-542.

Krauss, K.W., J.L. Whitbeck,and R.J. Howard (2012). On the relative roles of hydrology, salinity, temperature, and root productivity in controlling soil respiration from coastal swamps (freshwater).  Plant Soil, DOI 10.1007/s11104-012-1182-y.

Krauss, K.W., J.A. Allen,and D.R. Cahoon (2003). Differential rates of vertical accretion and elevation change among aerial root types in Micronesian mangrove forests. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 56:251-259.

Krauss, K.W., P.J. Young, J.L. Chambers, T.W. Doyle, and R.R. Twilley (2007). Sap flow characteristics of neotropical mangroves in flooded and drained soils. Tree Physiology 27:775-783.

Krauss, K.W., T.W. Doyle, and R.J. Howard (2009). Is there evidence of adaptation to tidal flooding in saplings of baldcypress subjected to different salinity regimes? Environmental and Experimental Botany 67:118-126.

Krauss, K.W., T.W. Doyle, R.R. Twilley, T.J. Smith III, K.R.T. Whelan, and J.K. Sullivan (2005). Woody debris in mangrove forests of south Florida. Biotropica 37:9-15.

Krauss, K.W., T.W. Doyle, R.R. Twilley, V.H. Rivera-Monroy,and J.K. Sullivan (2006). Evaluating the relative effects of hydroperiod and soil fertility as growth constraints in south Florida mangroves. Hydrobiologia (In Press).

Krauss, K.W., R.R. Twilley, T.W. Doyle, E.S. Gardiner (2006) Leaf gas exchange characteristics of three neotropical mangrove species in response to varying hydroperiod. Tree Physiology 26:959-968.

Leberg PL, BD Firman (2008) Role of inbreeding depression and purging in captive breeding and restoration programs. Molecular Ecology 17:334-343.

Leberg PL, MC Green, BA Adams, KM Purcell, MC Luent (2007) Response of waterbird colonies in southern Louisiana to recent hurricanes. Animal Conservation 10:502-508.

Lewis SS, PL Klerks, PL Leberg (2001) Relationship between allozyme genotype and sensitivity to stressors in the western mosquitofish, Gambusia affinis, detected for elevated temperature but not mercury. Aquatic Toxicology 52:205-216.

Luent, M.C., M. Collins, C. Jeske, and P.L. Leberg. 2012. Prevalence of a potentially lethal parasite of wading birds in natural and agricultural wetlands in south Louisiana. Southeastern Naturalist, 11:415-422.

Marga F, A Gallo, KH Hasenstein (2003) Cell wall components affect mechanical properties: Studies with thistle flowers. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry 41:792-797

Marga F, TC Pesacreta, KH Hasenstein (2001) Biochemical analysis of the cuticle and cell wall of elastic and rigid tissues in Cirsium horridulum. Planta 213:841-848.

Martin, S. B. and P. L. Leberg (2011) Influence of environmental stress on age and size at maturity: genetic and plastic responses of coastal marsh fishes to changing salinities. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 68:2121-2131.

Martin S, J Albert, P Leberg (2007) The evolution of the poeciliid gonopodium: Integrating morphological and behavioral traits. In: M. Uribe and H. Grier, eds. Viviparous Fishes II. New Life Publications, Homestead, FL.

Martin, S.B., A.T. Hitch, K.M. Purcell, P.L. Klerks and P.L. Leberg (2009) Life history variation along a salinity gradient in coastal marshes. Aquatic Biology 8:15-28.

Meerow, AW, Gideon M, Kuhn D, Mopper S, Nakamura K (2011) The Genetic Mosaic of Iris Series Hexagonae in Florida: Inferences on the Holocene History of the Louisiana Irises and Anthropogenic Effects on Their Distribution.  International Journal of Plant Sciences, 172:1026-1052.

Meriwether JR, LA Sharp, G Steyer (2009) Mapping the sediment deposition of Hurricane Ike's storm surge. 55th Annual Radiobioassay and Radiochemical Measurements Conference, San Antonio, TX October, 2009.

Mopper S (2005) Phenology - The role of time in structuring space for herbivorous insect populations. Annales Zoologici Fennici 42:327-333.

Mopper S, A Agrawal, eds (2004) Phytohormonal Ecology. Ecology 85:3-77.

Mopper S, Y Wang, C Criner, K Hasenstein (2004) Iris hexagona hormonal response to salinity stress, leafminer herbivory, and phenology. Ecology 85:38-47.

Mopper S, K Wiens, G Goranova. 2016. Competition, salinity, and clonal growth in native and introduced irises. American Journal of Botany 103:1575-1581

Morales Cazan A and P Klerks (2015) Physiological effects and reduced tolerance following maternal metalexposure in the live-bearing fish Gambusia affinis. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, vol. 34, no. 6, pp. 1337-1344, 2015.

Morales Cazan A and P Klerks (2015) Effects from a short-term exposure to copper or cadmium in gravid females of the livebearer fish (Gambusia affinis). Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety 118:199-203.

Morales Cazan, PL Klerks (2014) Effects on life history variables and population dynamics following maternal metal exposure in the live-bearing fish Gambusia affinis. Ecotoxicology DOI 10.1007/s10646-014-1410-8.

Morales Cazan, PL Klerks (2014) Evidence of maternal copper and cadmium transfer in two live-bearing fish species. Ecotoxicology 23:1774-83.

Nyman JA, PL Klerks, S Bhattacharyya (2007) Effects of chemical additives on hydrocarbon disappearance and biodegradation in freshwater marsh microcosms. Environmental Pollution 149:227-238.

Pathikonda S, A Meerow, Z He, S Mopper (2010) Salinity tolerance and genetic variability in freshwater and brackish Iris hexagona colonies.  American Journal of Botany 97:1438-1443.

Pathikonda S, AA Ackleh, KH Hasenstein, S Mopper (2009) Invasion, disturbance, and competition: modeling the fate of coastal plant populations. Conservation Biology 23:164-173.

Pickens C, M Hester (2011) Temperature Tolerance of Early Life History Stages of Black Mangrove Avicennia germinans: Implications for Range Expansion.ESTUARIES COASTS, 34:824-830.

Purcell, K.M., A.T. Hitch, S.B. Martin, P.L. Klerks, P.L. Leberg. 2012. The role of genetic structure in the adaptive divergence of populations experiencing saltwater intrusion due to relative sea level rise. Journal of Evolutionary Biology. 25:2623-2632.

Purcell KM, AT Hitch, PL Klerks, PL Leberg (2008) Adaptation as a potential response to sea-level rise. A genetic basis for salinity tolerance in populations of a coastal marsh fish. Evolut Applic 1:155-160.

Purcell, K.M., P.L. Klerks, and P.L. Leberg (2010) Adaptation to sea level rise: does local adaptation influence the demography of coastal fish populations. J.Fish Biology 77:1209-1218.

Ruan CJ, Teixeira da Silva, JA, Mopper S, Qin P, Lutts S (2010)  Halophyte improvement for a salinized world. Critical  Reviews in Plant Sciences 29:329-359.

Ruan CJ, S Mopper, JA Teixeira da Silva, P Qin, QX Zhang, Y Shan (2009) Context-dependent style curvature in Kosteletzkya virginica (Malvaceae) offers reproductive assurance under unpredictable pollinator environments.  Plant Systematics and Evolution 277:207-2.

Ruan CJ, H Li, S Mopper (2009)  Kosteletzkya virginica displays a mixed mating system in response to pollinator environment despite strong inbreeding depression.  Plant Ecology, 203:183-193.

Schile L, S Mopper (2006) Negative effects of salinity stress on a leafmining insect and its host plant. Ecological Entomology 31:345-351.

Spencer CS, J Neigel, PL Leberg (2000) Evaluation of the Usefulness of microsatellite DNA for detecting demographic bottlenecks. Molecular Ecology 9:1517-1528.

Tobler M, P Van Zandt, KH Hasenstein, S Mopper (2006) Growth and reproduction of a wetland plant in response to salinity and florivory. Wetlands 26:803-812.

Van Zandt P, M Tobler, E Mouton, K Hasenstein, S Mopper (2003) Positive and negative consequences of salinity stress for the growth and reproduction of the clonal plant, Iris hexagona. Journal of Ecology 91:837-846.

Van Zandt P, S Mopper (2002) Delayed and carryover effects of salinity on flowering in Iris hexagona (Iridaceae). American Journal of Botany 89:364-383.

Van Zandt P, S Mopper (2004) The effects of maternal salinity and seed environment on germination and growth in Iris hexagona. Evolutionary Ecology Research 6:813-832.

Van Zandt P, V Townsend Jr, C Carlton, M Blackwell, S Mopper (2003). Loberus impressus (LeConte) (Coleoptera: Erotylidae) fungal associations and presence in the seed capsules of Iris hexagona. The Coleopterists Bulletin 57:281-288.

Walter, S.T., M.R. Carloss­, T.J. Hess, G. Athrey, and P.L. Leberg. 2013. Brown pelican movement patterns and population structure. Condor. In press.

Walter, S.T., M.R. Carloss­, T.J. Hess, and P.L. Leberg. 2013. Hurricane, habitat degradation, and land loss effects on brown pelican nesting colonies, Journal of Coastal Research. In press.

Walter, S.T., M.R. Carloss­, T.J. Hess, G. Athrey, and P.L. Leberg. 2013. Brown Pelican Colony Initiation Attempts: Translocations and Decoys, Waterbirds. In press.

Wang YH, Poudel DD, Hasenstein KH. 2011. Identification of SSR markers associated with saccharification yield using pool-based genome-wide association mapping in sorghum.

Genome 2011 Nov;54(11):883-9.

Wang HG, S Mopper (2008) Separate and interacting effects of deer florivory and salinity stress on iris herbivores. Oikos 117:564-570.

Wang Y, S Mopper, K Hasenstein (2001) Effects of salinity on endogenous levels of ABA, IAA, JA, and SA in Iris hexagona. Journal of Chemical Ecology 27:327-342.

Wang Y, S Mopper, KH Hasenstein (2008) Osmolytes in salinity-stressed Iris hexagona. Acta Physiologiae Plantarum 30:715-721.

Willis JM, R Gambrell, M Hester (2011) Mercury concentrations in oligohaline wetland vegetation and associated soil biogeochemistry. Environ Monit Assess. 181:373-83.

Xie L, PL Klerks (2004) Changes in cadmium accumulation as a mechanism for cadmium resistance in the least killifish Heterandria formosa. Aquatic Toxicology 66:73-81.

Xie L, PL Klerks (2004) Fitness costs of resistance to cadmium in the least killifish (Heterandria formosa). Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 23:1499-1503.

Xie L, PL Klerks (2004) Metallothionein-like protein in the least killifish Heterandria formosa and its role in cadmium resistance. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 23:173-177.

Xie, L. and P.L. Klerks (2003) Responses to selection for cadmium resistance in the least killifish, Heterandria formosa. Environ. Toxicol. Chem. 22:313-320.

Yang X, N Pal, AS Ackleh,J Carter (2011) A Case Study of Green Tree Frog Population Size Estimation by Repeated Capture-Mark-Recapture Method with Individual Tagging. Journal of Statistical Computation and Simulation 81:1879-1895.