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Coastal Ecology and Conservation Research Group



Coastal Ecology GroupThe primary goal of the CEC Research Group is to qualitatively analyze community structure, biodiversity, habitat affinities, and trophic relationships of estuarine and marine fish communities throughout the Southeastern U.S. Fundamental scientific knowledge can be used to effectively advise resource agencies on how to best manage and conserve estuarine and marine resources. Presently, the program is involved with a diversity of fish studies ranging from habitat characterization and population census of threatened and endangered species to holistic ecosystem studies of saltmarsh and deep-reef fish communities.


Current Research


Gulf Sturgeon


dot icon Price, M., Adler, J., Littles, C., Randolph, A. N., Nash, U. A., Gillett, B., Randall, M., Sulak, K. J., Walsh, S. J., and Brownell, P. 2014. A bibliography of all known publications & reports on the Gulf sturgeon, Acipenser oxyrinchus desotoi. United States Geological Survey, Southeast Ecological Science Center, Gainesville, FL. 31 December 2013, 107 pp. [Bibliography Webpage and Downloads]

dot icon Suwannee River Gulf Sturgeon (YouTube video)

dot icon The Gulf Sturgeon in the Suwannee River—Questions and Answers

dot icon Gulf Sturgeon Facts

dot icon Preserving Gulf Sturgeon—A Fish Tale of Gargantuan Proportions

Deep Reefs and Coastal Ecology


dot icon Characterization of Northern Gulf of Mexico Deepwater Hard Bottom Communities with Emphasis on Lophelia Coral - Lophelia Reef Megafaunal Community Structure, Biotopes, Genetics, Microbial Ecology, and Geology (2004-2006)



    Contact information:
    USGS | SESC - Coastal Ecology
    POC: Dr. Ken Sulak ksulak@usgs.gov
    7920 NW 71st Steet
    Gainesville, FL 32653
    Tel: 352-264-3500

Publications and Products

The Benthic Community of Offshore Sandbanks: A Literature Synopsis of the Benthic Fauna Resources in Potential Outer Continental Shelf Sand Mining Areas
Taxonomic Composition and Relative Frequency of the Benthic Fish Community Found on Natural Sand Banks and Shoals in the Northwestern Gulf of Mexico. (A Synthesis of the Southeast Area Monitoring and Assessment Programs Groundfish Survey Database, 1982-2000)
Lophelia Reef Fish & Mobile Megafauna Community Structure, Biotope Affinities, and Trophodynamics
Age & Reproduction in Three Reef Dwelling Serranid Fishes of the Northeastern Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf: Pronotogrammus martinicensis, Hemanthias vivanus & Serranus phoebe (with Preliminary Observations on the Pomacentrid Fish, Chromis enchrysurus)
Characterization of Ichthyoplankton within the U.S. Geological Survey's Northeastern Gulf of Mexico Study Area - Based on SEAMAP Surveys, 1982-1999
Quantitative assessment of benthic food resources for juvenile Gulf sturgeon, Acipenser oxyrinchus desotoi in the Suwannee River estuary, Florida, USA
Structure, Function, and Biological/Physical Coupling of Deep Reef Communites in the Northeastern Gulf of Mexico
Assessment of Fish Communities Associated with Offshore Sand Banks and Shoals in the Northeastern Gulf of Mexico
Community Structure and Trophic Ecology of Fishes on the Pinnacles Reef Tract


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