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Benthic Ecology

Squat lobster (Eumunida picta)

The Benthic Ecology Group has an active research program examining fauna living in and on the seafloor in a variety of natural and artificial marine habitats, including deep-sea and shallow-water corals, chemosynthetic seeps, shipwrecks, marine canyons and wetland communities. Current projects focus on community structure, biodiversity, trophic structure, and habitat connectivity of marine benthic ecosystems. In addition to increasing general knowledge, the data acquired through these projects can assist with management and conservation efforts for fragile marine communities, including corals and wetlands.

Current Research

dot icon DISCOVRE PROJECT - Diversity, Systematics, and Connectivity of Vulnerable Reef Ecosystems

dot icon Trophic coupling and habitat connectivity among coral reef, mangrove, and seagrass fishes and benthic invertebrate communities of the Virgin Islands National Park (VIIS) and Coral Reef National Monument (VICR)

dot icon Synthesis of the potential environmental impacts associated with offshore sand dredging for beach and coastal restoration

    Contact information:
    USGS | WARC-FL - Benthic Ecology
    POC: Amanda Dempopoulos
    Gainesville Lab
    7920 NW 71st Street
    Gainesville, FL 32653
    Tel: 352-378-8181
    Fax: 352-378-4956

Recent Publications

Prouty, N. G., Swarzenksi-Campbell, P., Mienis, F., Duineveld, G., Demopoulos, A., Ross, S. W., & Brooke, S. (2015). Impact of Deepwater Horizon spill on food supply to deep-sea benthos communities. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science. [Journal Abstract]
Chaytor, J.D., Demopoulos, A.W.J., ten Brink, U.S., Baxter, C., Quattrini, A.M., Brothers, D.S., (2016) Assessment of Canyon Wall Failure Process from Multibeam Bathymetry and Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Observations, U.S. Atlantic Continental Margin, in: Lamarche, G., Mountjoy, J., Bull, S., Hubble, T., Krastel, S., Lane, E., Micallef, A., Moscardelli, L., Mueller, C., Pecher, I., Woelz, S. (Eds.), Submarine Mass Movements and their Consequences, 7th International Symposium. in press.
Nordström, M.C., Demopoulos, A.W.J., Whitcraft, C.R., Rismondo, A., McMillan, P., Gonzalez, J.P., and Levin, L.A. 2015. Food-web heterogeneity in restored salt marshes and succession in stable isotope space: Journal of Applied Ecology, doi:10.1111/1365-2664.12473
Demopoulos, A.W.J., and Sikkel, P.C., 2015, Enhanced understanding of ectoparasite-host trophic linkages on coral reefs through stable isotope analysis: International Journal for Parasitology: Parasites and Wildlife, v. 4, no. 1, p. 125-134. [Journal Abstract]
Prouty, N. G., Fisher, C. R., Demopoulos, A. W., & Druffel, E. R. (2014). Growth rates and ages of deep-sea corals impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography. [Journal Abstract]
Demopoulos, A.W.J., J.R. Bourque, and J. Frometa. 2014. Biodiversity and community composition of sediment macrofauna associated with deep-sea Lophelia pertusa habitats in the Gulf of Mexico. Deep-Sea Res. I, 93:91-103.
Fisher, C.R. A.W.J. Demopoulos, E.E. Cordes, I.B. Baums, H.K. White, J.R. Bourque. 2014. Coral communities as indicators of ecosystem-level impacts of the Deepwater Horizon Spill. BioScience 2014 64 (9): 796-807 doi: 10.1093/biosci/biu129

Cushion Star (Oreaster reticulatus)

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