Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10675.2/621330
Title:
A Baseline Study of Fish Assemblages in a Pristine Georgia Estuary
Authors:
Hewett, Melissa; Ong, Claudia; McKittrick, Jacob; Sapp, Mikael; Thiruvaiyaru, Dharma; Sethuraman, Sankara; Moak, Jason; Saul, Bruce
Abstract:
St Catherine’s Island is one of Georgia’s uninhabited barrier islands, and is used strictly for research and conservation purposes. It is approximately seven miles from the mainland, and eighteen miles from the Altamaha River. Due to its location, the surrounding estuary has seen negligible anthropogenic impacts throughout its history. Brunsen Creek, on the southern end of the island, is isolated and considered to be a pristine marine ecosystem. This study is a continuation of an initial 2014 study to collect baseline monthly ichthyofaunal data via trawling. Data presented here contains summary information collected through August 2016. Information collected during this period will provide baseline data for fish assemblage comparisons within the surrounding Georgia estuarine ecosystem. Statistical relationships between Brunsen Creek fish assemblages and environmental factors, such as temperature and salinity, were not established. However, consistent relationships were observed in natural migration and reproduction patterns of key fishes that have also been noted in other studies. Temporal trends among the targeted species in this study reflect a well-established natural pattern along the Georgia coast. Following these trends will provide a baseline of expected life history events, and a reference for further research within southeastern estuaries.
Affiliation:
Department of Biological Sciences
Issue Date:
Mar-2017
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10675.2/621330
Type:
Other
Language:
en
Description:
Poster presented at the 18th Annual Phi Kappa Phi Student Research and Fine Arts Conference
Appears in Collections:
18th Annual PKP Student Research and Fine Arts Conference: Posters; Department of Biological Sciences: Student Research and Presentations

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dc.contributor.authorHewett, Melissaen
dc.contributor.authorOng, Claudiaen
dc.contributor.authorMcKittrick, Jacoben
dc.contributor.authorSapp, Mikaelen
dc.contributor.authorThiruvaiyaru, Dharmaen
dc.contributor.authorSethuraman, Sankaraen
dc.contributor.authorMoak, Jasonen
dc.contributor.authorSaul, Bruceen
dc.date.accessioned2017-03-09T20:55:33Z-
dc.date.available2017-03-09T20:55:33Z-
dc.date.issued2017-03-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10675.2/621330-
dc.descriptionPoster presented at the 18th Annual Phi Kappa Phi Student Research and Fine Arts Conferenceen
dc.description.abstractSt Catherine’s Island is one of Georgia’s uninhabited barrier islands, and is used strictly for research and conservation purposes. It is approximately seven miles from the mainland, and eighteen miles from the Altamaha River. Due to its location, the surrounding estuary has seen negligible anthropogenic impacts throughout its history. Brunsen Creek, on the southern end of the island, is isolated and considered to be a pristine marine ecosystem. This study is a continuation of an initial 2014 study to collect baseline monthly ichthyofaunal data via trawling. Data presented here contains summary information collected through August 2016. Information collected during this period will provide baseline data for fish assemblage comparisons within the surrounding Georgia estuarine ecosystem. Statistical relationships between Brunsen Creek fish assemblages and environmental factors, such as temperature and salinity, were not established. However, consistent relationships were observed in natural migration and reproduction patterns of key fishes that have also been noted in other studies. Temporal trends among the targeted species in this study reflect a well-established natural pattern along the Georgia coast. Following these trends will provide a baseline of expected life history events, and a reference for further research within southeastern estuaries.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.subjectFishesen
dc.subjectEstuariesen
dc.subjectGeorgiaen
dc.subjectBrunsen Creeken
dc.subjectLife Cycle Stagesen
dc.titleA Baseline Study of Fish Assemblages in a Pristine Georgia Estuaryen
dc.typeOtheren
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Biological Sciencesen
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