FCE Site Role
Florida International University
Factors influencing behavioral decisions of animals, particularly large marine taxa including marine mammals, sharks and sea turtles, and how they may in turn influence behavioral decisions of other individuals and species, population dynamics, and community structure; Importance of consumers in transporting nutrients within the Florida Coastal Everglades
FCE Working groups
- Mailing address:
- Marine Biology Program
- Florida International University
- Biscayne Bay Campus
- North Miami, FL 33181
- Email: email@example.com
- FCE Publications (47)Book Chapters
Davis, S.E., E. Castañeda-Moya, R. Boucek, R.M. Chambers, L. Collado-Vides, H.C. Fitz, J.D. Fuentes, E.E. Gaiser, M.R. Heithaus, J.S. Rehage, V.H. Rivera-Monroy, J.P. Sah, F.H. Sklar, and T. Troxler. 2019. Chapter 7: Exogenous Drivers - What has Disturbance Taught Us?, in Childers, D.L., E.E. Gaiser and L.A. Ogden (eds.) The Coastal Everglades: The Dynamics of Social-Ecological Transformation in the South Florida Landscape. Oxford University Press : New York, New York.
Kominoski, J., J.S. Rehage, W.T. Anderson, R. Boucek, H.O. Briceno, M.R. Bush, T.W. Dreschel, M.R. Heithaus, R. Jaffe, L. Larsen, P. Matich, C. McVoy, A.E. Rosenblatt, and T. Troxler. 2019. Chapter 4: Ecosystem Fragmentation and Connectivity - Legacies and Future Implications of a Restored Everglades, in Childers, D.L., E.E. Gaiser and L.A. Ogden (eds.) The Coastal Everglades: The Dynamics of Social-Ecological Transformation in the South Florida Landscape. Oxford University Press : New York, New York.
Price, R.M., K.Z.S. Schwartz, W.T. Anderson, R. Boucek, H.O. Briceno, M.I. Cook, H.C. Fitz, M.R. Heithaus, J. Onsted, J.S. Rehage, V.H. Rivera-Monroy, R. Roy Chowdhury, and A.K. Saha. 2019. Chapter 3: Water, Sustainability, and Survival, in Childers, D.L., E.E. Gaiser and L.A. Ogden (eds.) The Coastal Everglades: The Dynamics of Social-Ecological Transformation in the South Florida Landscape. Oxford University Press : New York, New York.
Heithaus, M.R., and J.J. Vaudo. 2012. Predator-Prey Interactions, pp. 505-546 in Carrier, J.C., J. Musick and M.R. Heithaus (eds.) Biology of Sharks and Their Relatives, Second Edition. CRC Press : Boca Raton, FL.
Heithaus, M.R., A. Frid, J.J. Vaudo, B. Worm, and A.J. Wirsing. 2010. Unraveling the ecological importance of elasmobranchs, pp. 611-637 in Heithaus, M.R., J.C. Carrier and J. Musick (eds.) The biology of sharks and their relatives II: Biodiversity, adaptive physiology, and conservation. CRC Press : Boca Raton, FL.Journal Articles
Matich, P., B.A. Strickland, and M.R. Heithaus. 2020. Long-term monitoring provides insight into estuarine top predator (Carcharhinus leucas) resilience following an extreme weather event. Marine Ecology Progress Series 639: 169-183.
Strickland, B.A., K.R. Gastrich, F.J. Mazzotti, J. Massie, V.A. Paz, N. Viadero, J.S. Rehage, and M.R. Heithaus. 2020. Variation in movement behavior of alligators after a major hurricane. Animal Biotelemetry 8: 7.
Massie, J., B.A. Strickland, R.O. Santos, J. Hernandez, N. Viadero, R. Boucek, H.E. Willoughby, M.R. Heithaus, and J.S. Rehage. 2019. Going downriver: Patterns and cues in hurricane-driven movements of common snook in a subtropical coastal river. Estuaries and Coasts DOI: 10.1007/s12237-019-00617-y.
Strickland, B.A., J. Massie, N. Viadero, R.O. Santos, K.R. Gastrich, V.A. Paz, P. O'Donnell, A.M. Kroetz, D. Ho, J.S. Rehage, and M.R. Heithaus. 2019. Movements of juvenile bull sharks in response to a major hurricane within a tropical estuarine nursery area. Estuaries and Coasts DOI: 10.1007/s12237-019-00600-7.
Griffin, L.P., J.W. Brownscombe, A.J. Adams, R. Boucek, J.T. Finn, M.R. Heithaus, J.S. Rehage, S.J. Cooke, and A.J. Danylchuk. 2018. Keeping up with the Silver King: Using cooperative acoustic telemetry networks to quantify the movements of Atlantic tarpon (Megalops atlanticus) in the coastal waters of the southeastern United States. Fisheries Research 205: 65-76.
Boucek, R., M.R. Heithaus, R.O. Santos, P.W. Stevens, and J.S. Rehage. 2017. Can animal habitat use patterns influence their vulnerability to extreme climate events? An estuarine sportfish case study. Global Change Biology 23: 4045-4057.
Damseaux, F., J.J. Kiszka, M.R. Heithaus, G. Scholl, G. Eppe, J. Thome, J. Lewis, W. Hao, M. Fontaine, and K. Das. 2017. Spatial variation in the accumulation of POPs and mercury in bottlenose dolphins of the Lower Florida Keys and the coastal Everglades (South Florida). Environmental Pollution 220, Part A: 577-587.
Matich, P., J.S. Ault, R. Boucek, D.E. Bryan, K.R. Gastrich, C.L. Harvey, M.R. Heithaus, J.J. Kiszka, V.A. Paz, J.S. Rehage, and A.E. Rosenblatt. 2017. Ecological niche partitioning within a large predator guild in a nutrient-limited estuary. Limnology and Oceanography 62: 934-953.
Sarabia, R., M.R. Heithaus, and J.J. Kiszka. 2017. Spatial and temporal variation in abundance, group size and behaviour of bottlenose dolphins in the Florida coastal Everglades. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 98: 1097-1107.
Atwood, T.B., R.M. Connolly, E. Ritchie, C.E. Lovelock, M.R. Heithaus, G.C. Hays, J.W. Fourqurean, and P.I. Macreadie. 2015. Predators help protect carbon stocks in blue carbon ecosystems. Nature Climate Change 5: 1038-1045.
Gaiser, E.E., E.P. Anderson, E. Castañeda-Moya, L. Collado-Vides, J.W. Fourqurean, M.R. Heithaus, R. Jaffe, D. Lagomasino, N. Oehm, R.M. Price, V.H. Rivera-Monroy, R. Roy Chowdhury, and T. Troxler. 2015. New perspectives on an iconic landscape from comparative international long-term ecological research. Ecosphere 6: art181.
Matich, P., J.J. Kiszka, M.R. Heithaus, J. Mourier, and S. Planes. 2015. Short-term shifts of stable isotope (d13C, d15N) values in juvenile sharks within nursery areas suggest rapid shifts in energy pathways. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 465: 83-91.
Rosenblatt, A.E., J. Nifong, M.R. Heithaus, F.J. Mazzotti, M.S. Cherkiss, B.M. Jeffery, R.M. Elsey, R.A. Decker, B. Silliman, L.J. GuilletteJr., 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 178: 5-16.
Matich, P., and M.R. Heithaus. 2014. Multi-tissue stable isotope analysis and acoustic telemetry reveal seasonal variability in the trophic interactions of juvenile bull sharks in a coastal estuary. Journal of Animal Ecology 83: 199-213.
Mukherjee, S., M.R. Heithaus, J.C. Trexler, J. Ray-Mukherjee, and J.J. Vaudo. 2014. Perceived risk of predation affects reproductive life-history traits in Gambusia holbrooki, but not in Heterandria formosa. PLoS ONE 9: e88832.
Rosenblatt, A.E., J. Nifong, M.R. Heithaus, M.W. Parry, and F.J. Mazzotti. 2014. New record of Everglades mink in Everglades National Park from the stomach of an American alligator. Southeastern Naturalist 13: N22-N25.
Burkholder, D., J.W. Fourqurean, and M.R. Heithaus. 2013. Spatial pattern in seagrass stoichiometry indicates both N-limited and P-limited regions of an iconic P-limited subtropical bay. Marine Ecology Progress Series 472: 101-115.
Platt, S.G., R.M. Elsey, H. Liu, T.R. Rainwater, J. Nifong, A.E. Rosenblatt, M.R. Heithaus, and F.J. Mazzotti. 2013. Frugivory and seed dispersal by crocodilians: an overlooked form of saurochory? Journal of Zoology 291: 87-99.
Rosenblatt, A.E., M.R. Heithaus, F.J. Mazzotti, M.S. Cherkiss, and B.M. Jeffery. 2013. Intra-population variation in activity ranges, diel patterns, movement rates, and habitat use of American alligators in a subtropical estuary. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 135: 182-190.
Rosenblatt, A.E., M.R. Heithaus, M.E. Mather, P. Matich, J. Nifong, W.J. Ripple, and B. Silliman. 2013. The roles of large top predators in coastal ecosystems: New insights from long term ecological research. Oceanography 26: 156-167.
Rosenblatt, A.E., and M.R. Heithaus. 2013. Slow isotope turnover rates and low discrimination values for three tissues in the American alligator: implications for interpretation of ectotherm stable isotope data. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology 86: 137-148.
Belicka, L., D. Burkholder, J.W. Fourqurean, M.R. Heithaus, S.A. Macko, and R. Jaffe. 2012. Stable isotope and fatty acid biomarkers of seagrass, epiphytic, and algal organic matter to consumers in a nearly pristine seagrass ecosystem . Marine and Freshwater Research 63: 1085-1097.
Belicka, L., P. Matich, R. Jaffe, and M.R. Heithaus. 2012. Fatty acids and stable isotopes as indicators of early-life feeding and maternal resource dependency in the bull shark Carcharhinus leucas. Marine Ecology Progress Series 455: 245-256.
Heithaus, M.R., A.J. Wirsing, and L.M. Dill. 2012. The ecological importance of intact top-predator populations: a synthesis of 15 years of research in a seagrass ecosystem. Marine and Freshwater Research 63: 1039-1050.
Kendrick, G.A., J.W. Fourqurean, M.W. Fraser, M.R. Heithaus, G. Jackson, K. Friedman, and D. Hallac. 2012. Science behind management of Shark Bay and Florida Bay, two P-limited subtropical systems with different climatology and human pressures. Marine and Freshwater Research 63: 941-951.
Matich, P., and M.R. Heithaus. 2012. Effects of an extreme temperature event on the behavior and age structure of an estuarine top predator (Carcharhinus leucas). Marine Ecology Progress Series 447: 165-178.
Nifong, J., 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.
Olson, E.L., A.K. Salomon, A.J. Wirsing, and M.R. Heithaus. 2012. Large-scale movement patterns of male loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta) in Shark Bay, Australia. Marine and Freshwater Research 63: 1108-1116.
Wirsing, A.J., and M.R. Heithaus. 2012. Behavioural transition probabilities in dugongs change with habitat and predator presence: implications for sirenian conservation. Marine and Freshwater Research 63: 1069-1076.
Matich, P., M.R. Heithaus, and C.A. Layman. 2010. Size-based variation in intertissue comparisons of stable carbon and nitrogen isotopic signatures of bull sharks (Carcharhinus leucas) and tiger sharks (Galeocerdo cuvier). Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 67: 877-885.
Heithaus, M.R., B. Delius, A.J. Wirsing, and M. Dunphy-Daly. 2009. Physical factors influencing the distribution of a top predator in a subtropical oligotrophic estuary. Limnology and Oceanography 54: 472-482.
- Datasets (16)FCE Datasets
Count data of air-breathing fauna from visual transect surveys including water temperature, time, sea and weather conditions in Shark Bay Marine Park, Western Australia from February 2008 to July 2013
Large shark catches (Drumline), water temperatures, salinities, and dissolved oxygen levels, and stable isotope values in the Shark River Slough, Everglades National Park (FCE) from May 2009 to May 2011
- Recent FCE Leveraged ProjectsRAPID: Hurricane Irma: How do ecosystem perturbations interact to influence long-term resilience mechanisms?
Authors: Gaiser, E.E., M.R. Heithaus, K. Zhang, T. Troxler, J. Kominoski
Funding organization: National Science Foundation
Time period: Dec 2017 - Dec 2019