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Tampa Bay Study's Third Annual Science Conference

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Breakout group includes David Hollander, David Hastings, Dawn Lavoie, and Deb Willard.
Above: Breakout group includes (left to right) David Hollander, USF; David Hastings, Eckerd College; Dawn Lavoie, USGS; and Deb Willard, USGS.

The third annual science conference for the Gulf of Mexico Integrated Science Tampa Bay Study was held January 30 in Ruskin, FL. The conference gave U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists and partners the opportunity to review relevant research and discuss the future direction of the Tampa Bay Study. The conference was beneficial because the format was interactive and fast paced. The focus topics of the conference included integrated modeling, mapping, history and prehistory, wetlands, benthic habitats, water and sediment quality, and data and information management. Teams of scientists presented accomplishments and current research in their particular tasks of the Tampa Bay Study. Each presentation included a poster to be reviewed and discussed. Approximately 100 people from 19 different agencies participated in the conference.

Participating agencies and partners included ETI Professionals, Inc., Johnson Controls World Services, Inc., the USGS National Wetlands Research Center, the Tampa Bay Estuary Program, the Florida Marine Research Institute, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Pinellas County Environmental Management, Eckerd College, the University of Florida, the University of South Florida (USF), the University of Louisiana, Delta Seven Inc., the University of Pennsylvania, Lewis Environmental Services, Inc., the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' New Orleans District, the Geological Survey of Alabama, the Southwest Florida Water Management District, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, and the Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County.

Steve Travis Justin Krebs
Above left: Steve Travis (USGS, Biological Resources Discipline, Lafayette, LA) presented a poster entitled "Rambling Tampa Reds: What Population Genetic Structure of Rhizophora mangle Reveals About Patterns of Gene Flow in Tampa Bay, Florida."

Above right: Justin Krebs (ETI Professionals, Inc./USGS, St. Petersburg, FL) discussed his poster entitled "Community Structure and Habitat Use by Fish Assemblages in Altered Wetlands: An Ecological Comparison of Mosquito Ditches and Natural Tidal Creeks."

Related Sound Waves Stories
Ecological Repercussions of Ditching Wetlands for Mosquito Control in Tampa Bay, Florida, or "Fishes in Ditches"
January 2004

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USGS Gulf of Mexico Integrated Science Tampa Bay Study
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