Cooperative Ecosystems Studies Unit (CESU), South Florida-Caribbean CESU

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Cooperative Ecosystems Studies Unit (CESU), South Florida-Caribbean CESU: The U.S. Geological Surveys (USGS) Florida Integrated Science Center (FISC) in Ft. Lauderdale conducts ecological and hydrological research and monitoring in support of the Everglades Restoration project throughout South Florida, in conjunction with its Federal, State, and local partners. Information advances understanding of the south Florida ecosystem, which contributes to decision-making during the restoration effort. The Everglades National Park Field Station of USGS-FISC is offering a cooperative-agreement opportunity to universities with the capability to conduct research on ecological topics related to mangrove-creek fish dynamics and invasive-fish issues. Biologists at the field station primarily conduct research in freshwater and estuarine habitats in national-park areas. Current research interests include (but are not limited to) fish-sampling methods development and testing in mangrove creeks, experimental studies of invasive-fish effects on native wetland communities, development of innovative control methods for invasive fishes, and long-term studies of fishes in mangrove estuaries. The main objectives of this agreement are designed to answer questions critical to restoration success. There are two research projects that are contained within the current cooperative program: Project 1 - This project requires cooperation in testing sampling methods for fishes and macroinvertebrates inhabiting mangrove-lined creeks in south Florida. Methods developed will be used in future habitat monitoring during restoration of the Everglades. The project requires field assistance, laboratory analysis of samples, data analysis, and report writing. Project 2 - The second project will assess the impact of African jewelfish (Hemichromis letourneauxi) on the aquatic community of marshes through an in situ enclosure experiment. Enclosures must be constructed in Everglades marshes and stocked with representative native fishes and macroinvertebrates. Experimental treatments will include the presence of H. letourneuxi, the presence of Mayan cichlids (Cichlasoma urophthalmus - the most abundant invasive fish), the presence of both cichlids, and a no-predator control. This project requires field work, statistical analysis of experimental data, and report production. Data collected in this study will be used to assess the potential effects of H. letourneuxi throughout the greater Everglades ecosystem, and determine whether these effects may be influenced by the presence of previously established invasive fishes. Specific objectives for each project are as follows: Project 1 - Quantitative data for seasonal habitat use and community shifts by either native or introduced aquatic fishes or macroinvertebrates at the marsh-mangrove ecotone are remarkably rare. The Department of Interior is responsible for management of these systems. This area is slated to receive remedial actions to restore ecological function under the Everglades Restoration Program (CERP). We must test methods and sampling designs to describe fish and macro-invertebrate ecology in that habitat to provide basic information on component communities and to help design the CERP monitoring. The first step is a thorough search of the literature for sampling programs and methods used to quantify stream-channel fish communities. Sampling will be carried out three times each year, during the high water (October-November), transition (February), and dry season (April-May) periods each year. We plan to collect large-bodied species by electrofishing; fish will be field-processed and returned alive, except for voucher and life history samples. Small-bodied species will be collected by minnow traps set at top and bottom of the creek; fish will be preserved for processing in the laboratory. Fishes will be handled using guidelines for humane treatment, including the use of anesthetics for reducing capture trauma or for euthanasia. At the same time as the fish collections, important correlative physical measurements will be taken that include parameters such as relative water depths in channels and wetlands, salinity, temperature. Samples will be lab processed, data entered onto spreadsheets, analyzed statistically, and reports written. In addition, we will also test other sampling methods for utility and will cooperate with other researchers studying fishes and birds in contiguous habitats. Project 2 - We will cooperate to assess the effects of H. letourneuxi and C. urophthalmus on native fish communities in wetlands in ENP through in-situ enclosure experiments. Enclosures will be constructed in spikerush (Eleocharis spp.)-dominated marshes, using 1 square meter netted cages with PVC frames to exclude outside fish and macroinvertebrates, and netted on the bottom to allow experimental organisms access to marsh vegetation and benthos. Enclosures will be cleared of ambient fish and stocked with a standardized community of native fishes and macroinvertebrates. Four experimental treatments will then be created with the addition of non-native predators (and adequately replicated): H. letourneuxi added, C. urophthalmus added, H. letourneuxi and C. urophthalmus added, and a no predator control. The experiments will run for approximately seven days, at which time we will remove and census all contents of enclosures. Data will be entered onto spreadsheets and analyzed statistically prior to report writing. For a successful cooperative agreement, the partner University must have faculty with complementary research interests, and who have the ability and willingness to cooperate with USGS biologists on these and other potential research topics in south Florida. This financial assistance opportunity is being issued under a Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (CESU) Program. CESUs are partnerships that provide research, technical assistance, and education.
Federal Grant Title: Cooperative Ecosystems Studies Unit (CESU), South Florida-Caribbean CESU
Federal Agency Name: Geological Survey
Grant Categories: Science and Technology
Type of Opportunity: Discretionary
Funding Opportunity Number: 07HQPA0014
Type of Funding: Cooperative Agreement
CFDA Numbers: 15.808
CFDA Descriptions: U.S. Geological Survey_ Research and Data Collection
Current Application Deadline: No deadline provided
Original Application Deadline: Apr 20, 2007
Posted Date: Apr 12, 2007
Creation Date: Apr 12, 2007
Archive Date: May 20, 2007
Total Program Funding: $60,000
Maximum Federal Grant Award: $60,000
Minimum Federal Grant Award: $6,000
Expected Number of Awards: 1
Cost Sharing or Matching: No
Applicants Eligible for this Grant
Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification)
Additional Information on Eligibility
This financial assistance opportunity is being issued under a Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (CESU) Program: the South Florida-Caribbean CESU. CESUs are partnerships that provide research, technical assistance, and education. Eligible recipients must be a participating partner of the South Florida-Caribbean Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (CESU) Program
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