Adaptive Management of Gulf Coast Salt Marshes Considering Sea Level Rise and Recovery of the Endangered Florida Salt Marsh Vole
August 2009 - September 2010
- Cooperative Research Unit Program
The Florida Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit (FCFWRU) is proposing a multidisciplinary, coordinated research effort on the effects of the combination of decreased fresh water flow and sea level rise to coastal ecosystems and habitats in the Big Bend region of Florida. A key species of interest is the salt marsh vole (Microtus pennsylvanicus dukecampbelli) which is possibly the rarest of Florida's mammals. The Florida Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit (FCWRU) and Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge (LSNWR) collaborated to trap for salt marsh voles and to establish several transects through salt marshes during winter 2008.