Nearshore Habitat Biotic Community Monitoring

Intertidal biological communities are made up of a diverse set of resident invertebrates and plants that respond to changes in a wide range of physical, chemical and biological conditions.  It is important to monitor intertidal biological communities for their intrinsic biodiversity value and also because these communities impact other organisms through the food web.  The Nearshore Habitat Program has been monitoring intertidal biological communities in South and Central Sound since 1997.  This project provides us with information on an important indicator of habitat condition.

Intertidal Biotic Community Monitoring Reports (most recent listed first)

Publications - Available from the Journal Publisher

  • Dethier, M.N., & Schoch, G.C. 2005. The consequences of scale: assessing the distribution of benthic populations in a complex estuarine fjord. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 62, 253-270.
  • Dethier, M.N., & Schoch, G.C. 2006. Taxonomic sufficiency in distinguishing natural spatial patterns on an estuarine shoreline. Mar Ecol Prog Ser, 306, 41-49.