Mark S. Peterson, Ph.D.
Ecosystem-Based Management – Ecosystem Models
(with R.S. Fulford)
The overall goal is to develop a quantitative model of habitat use along a coastal-river-estuarine gradient - the Pascagoula River system. We have been collecting fishes, real-time water quality data, and benthic resources in near-natural and anthropogenically-altered sections of the lower river to assess where juvenile spot (Leiostomus xanthurus) select to settle. Future work will deal with actual movement patterns in controlled laboratory settings.