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Scale-dependent and indirect effects of filter feeders on eelgrass: Understanding complex ecological interactions to improve environmental impacts of aquaculture

Dr. Jennifer Ruesink, University of Washington

Peer-reviewed publications

Yang S, Wheat EE, Horwith MJ, Ruesink JL 2013. Relative impacts of natural stressors on life history traits underlying resilience of intertidal eelgrass (Zostera marina L.). Estuaries and Coasts. (Springer Link)

Wheat E and Ruesink JL 2013. Commercially-cultured oysters (Crassostrea gigas) exert top-down control on intertidal pelagic resources in Willapa Bay, Washington, USA. Journal of Sea Research 81: 33-39.

Ruesink JL and Rowell K 2012. Seasonal effects of clams (Panopea generosa) on eelgrass (Zostera marina) density but not recovery dynamics at an intertidal site. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 22(6): 712-720 (Wiley Link)

Ruesink JL, Fitzpatrick JP, Dumbauld BR, Hacker SD, Trimble AC, Wagner EL, Wisehart LM 2012. Life history and morphological shifts in an intertidal seagrass following multiple disturbances. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 424-425: 25-31

Richardson NF, Ruesink JL, Naeem S, Dumbauld BR, Hacker S, Tallis H, Wisehart L 2008. Bacterial abundance and aerobic microbial activity across natural and oyster aquaculture habitats during summer conditions in a northeastern Pacific estuary. Hydrobiologia 596(1): 269-278.

Wisehart LM, Dumbauld BR, Ruesink JL, Hacker SD 2007. Importance of eelgrass early life history stages in response to oyster aquaculture disturbance. Marine Ecology Progress Series 344: 71-80.

Ruesink JL, Feist BE, Harvey CJ, Hong JS, Trimble AC, Wisehart LM 2006. Changes in productivity associated with four introduced species: Ecosystem transformation of a "pristine" estuary. Marine Ecology Progress Series 311: 203-215.

Dumbauld BR, Ruesink JL, Rumrill SS 2009. The ecological role of bivalve shellfish aquaculture in the estuarine environment: A review with application to oyster and clam culture in West Coast (USA) estuaries. Aquaculture 290: 196-223.

Richardson NF, Ruesink JL, Naeem S, Dumbauld BR, Hacker S, Tallis H, Wisehart L 2008. Abundance and functional diversity of sediment microbes across natural and oyster aquaculture habitats in a northeastern Pacific estuary. Hydrobiologia 596: 269-278.

Ruesink JL, Hong JS, Dumbauld BR, Hacker SD, Trimble AC, Wisehart LM 2010. Congener comparison of native (Zostera marina) and introduced eelgrass (Z. japonica) in Willapa Bay. Biological Invasions 12: 1773-1789.

Tallis HM, Ruesink JL, Dumbauld BR, Hacker SD, Wisehart LM 2009. Oysters and aquaculture practices affect eelgrass density and productivity in a Pacific Northwest estuary. Journal of Shellfish Research 28:251-261.

Wisehart LM, Dumbauld BR, Ruesink JL, Hacker SD 2007. Importance of eelgrass early life history stages in response to oyster aquaculture disturbance. Marine Ecology Progress Series 344: 71-80.

Ruesink JL; Feist BE; Harvey CJ; Hong JS; Trimble AC; Wisehart LM 2006. Changes in productivity associated with four introduced species: Ecosystem transformation of a "pristine" estuary. Marine Ecology Progress Series 311: 203-215.

Presentations

Wisehart LM, Tallis HM, Hacker SD, Ruesink JL, Dumbauld BR 2004. The effects of oyster aquaculture on eelgrass (Zostera marina L.) biomass, density, and growth rates in Willapa Bay, WA. Pacific Estuarine Research Society Meeting, Port Townsend, WA,

Rowell K, White J, Ruesink J 2004. Interactions between geoducks and eelgrass. National Shellfish Association/Pacific Coast Shellfish Growers Association

Wisehart L, Hacker SD, Ruesink J, Dumbauld B 2004. Eelgrass (Zostera marina L.) seed dispersal and recruitment inside and outside oyster aquaculture areas in Willapa Bay, WA. National Shellfish Association/Pacific Coast Shellfish Growers Association annual meeting

Wisehart L, Hacker SD, Ruesink J, Dumbauld B 2004. Eelgrass (Zostera marina L.) seed dispersal and recruitment inside and outside oyster aquaculture areas in Willapa Bay, WA. International Seagrass Conference, Australia

Ruesink JL 2004. Direct and indirect effects of oysters and shellfish aquaculture on eelgrass (Zostera marina) in Willapa Bay, Washington. Humboldt Bay Marine Management Commission

Dumbauld BR 2004. The ecological role and potential impacts of shellfish culture in the estuarine environment. Humboldt Bay Marine Mariculture Commission meeting

Ruesink JL, Rowell K 2005. Geoduck aquaculture and eelgrass in south Puget Sound – a preliminary report. 13th Annual Meeting for Shellfish Growers

Wisehart L, Hacker SD, Ruesink J, Dumbauld B 2005. Does oyster aquaculture influence eelgrass recruitment? Pacific Estuarine Research Society, Coos Bay, OR

Wisehart L 2006. Aquaculture and eelgrass interactions in the Pacific Northwest. Presentation to Oregon State University Marine Biology Course, Newport, OR.

Frame S 2006. Eelgrass and geoduck interactions. Pacific Coast Shellfish Growers Association Meeting, Vancouver, WA.

Wheat E 2008. Drivers of local variation in oyster growth: food limitation or tidal circulation? Western Society of Naturalists.

Ruesink JL 2009. Evidence for sustainability of seagrasses responding to Washington’s shellfish agro-ecosystems. Ecological Society of America, Albuquerque, NM

Wheat E 2009. Drivers of local variation in Pacific oyster growth (Crassostrea gigas): food limitation or tidal circulation? Ecological Society of America, Albuquerque, NM

Yang S 2009. Storm and stress: Balancing intertidal eelgrass recovery with repeated hydrodynamic disturbance. Ecological Society of America, Albuquerque, NM

Ruesink JL, Tsai CC, Trimble AC 2009. Introduced habitat engineer facilitates itself and negatively affects a co-occuring non-native clam. Marine Bioinvasions Conference, Portland, OR

Ruesink JL 2009. Multiple hypotheses about effects of shellfish aquaculture on eelgrass. PCSGA/National Shellfisheries Association, Portland, OR

Thesis or dissertations

Wisehart LM 2006. Impacts of oysters on eelgrass (Zostera marina L.): Importance of early life history stages in response to aquaculture disturbance. MS Thesis, Oregon State University, Corvallis.