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)
- 2012 Annual Monitoring Report
- Impacts of the Construction of Brightwater Marine Outfall on Intertidal Biotic Communities (2011)
- Shoreline Changes over 40 Years in the Seahurst Region, Central Puget Sound (2010)
- 2008 Monitoring Report
- Decadal Changes in Shoreline Biotica in Westcott and Garrison Bays, San Juan County (2008)
- 2007 Long-Term Monitoring and Focus Studies
- 2006 Monitoring Report
- 2004 Monitoring Report
- 2001 Monitoring Report
- The Intertidal Biota of Puget Sound Gravel Beaches (2001)
- The Shoreline Biota of Puget Sound: Extending Spatial and Temporal Comparisons (2000) in four parts:
- The Physical Classification and Biological Modeling of Nearshore Habitats in Carr Inlet (1999)
- Spatical and Temporal Comparisons of Shoreline Biota in South Puget Sound (1999) in three parts:
- Analysis of Shoreline Classification and Bio-physical data for Carr Inlet (1997) in two parts:
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.