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.



Bonvechio K.I. 2016. Comparison of glass eel stages of American eel and speckled worm eel in a northeast Florida estuary. Fisheries Management and Ecology.

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.

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

Doughty C.L., J.A. Langley, W.S. Walker, I.C. Feller, R. Schaub and S.K. Chapman. 2016. Mangrove range expansion rapidly increases coastal wetland carbon storage. Estuaries and Coasts 39(2): 385-396.

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.

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.

Shirley M., A. Noel and N. Dix. 2016. Oyster Condition Assessment. Florida Coastal Management Program Final Project Report, Award # NA13NOS4190052.


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.

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. DixK. Petrinec, A.L. Matthews, W. Green and A. Srifa. 2015. 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 forging specialization and temporal diet stability across the range of a large “generalist” apex predator. Oecologia: DOI 10.1007/s00442-014-3201-6.

Smith K., S. Dunnigan and A. Noel. 2015. Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership Coastal Habitat Restoration at Guana Peninsula. Final Report F13AP01085.

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.


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 virginicaMarine 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.

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-LoucksM.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.


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. PNAS:

Dix N.G., 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.

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, Jacksonville, FL.

Nifong J.C. 2013. Patterns in cross-ecosystem use of estuarine and marine habitats by a freshwater top predator, the American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis): Implications for coastal food webs. National Estuarine Research Reserve Graduate Research Fellowship Final Report.

Nifong J.C., R.H. Lowers, B.R. Silliman, K. 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.

Spinuzzi, S., Schneider, K.R., Walters, L.J., Yuan, W.S. and Hoffman, E.A. 2013. Tracking the distribution of the non-native marine invertebrates (Mytella charruanaPerna viridis and Megabalanus coccopoma) along the south-eastern USA. Marine Biodiversity Records 6:1-13.


Eastman S.F. and C.E. Eastman. 2012. Caretta caretta (Loggerhead Sea Turtle) Reproduction. Herpetological Review, 43:3.

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.

van Montfrans S. 2012. Drought and crab herbivory drive die-off of a foundation species in southeastern U.S. salt marshes. National Estuarine Research Reserve Graduate Research Fellowship Final Report.


Krysko KL, J.P. Burgess, M.R. Rochford, C.R. Gillette, D. Cueva, K.M. Enge, L.A. Somma, J.L. Stabile, D.C. Smith, J.A. Wasilewski, G.N. Kieckhefer III, M.C. Granatosky and 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 (Chelonibiatestudinaria). 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 equiptment 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 doi:10.1029/2011JC006988


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

Gilg M.R., E. Lukaj, M. Abdulnour, M. Middlebrook, E. Gonzalez, R. Turner and R. Howard. 2010. 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, R.R. Carthy, R.A. Scarpino, E.E. McMichael, D.S. Addison, K.L. Williams, M.G. Frick, S. Ouellette, A.B. Meylan, M.H. Godfrey, S.R. Murphy and 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.

Tutak B. 2010. Estuarine response to extreme events: the GTMNERR case study. National Estuarine Research Reserve Graduate Research Fellowship Final Report.

Zhang H., J. Scarpa and M.P. Hare. 2010. Differential fertilization success between two populations of eastern oyster, Crassostrea virginicaBiological Bulletin 219:142-150.


Dix N. 2009. How estuaries respond to nutrient load: the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve as a model case. National Estuarine Research Reserve Graduate Research Fellowship Final Report.

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.

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.


Leitholf S. 2007. Assessing and modeling mangrove forest dynamics along the temperate-subtropical ecotone in eastern Florida. National Estuarine Research Reserve Graduate Research Fellowship Final Report.

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.


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.

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.


Baker J. 2005. The characterization of dredged spoil islands along the Intracoastal Waterway in Northeast Florida: their potential for mitigation and habitat improvement. National Estuarine Research Reserve Graduate Research Fellowship Final Report.

Price F. 2005. Quantification, analysis, and management of Intracoastal Waterway channel margin erosion in the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve, Florida.  Master’s Thesis. Florida State University.


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.

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