The proposals below were accepted by the SBSP project following a peer review selection process. Project start dates vary depending on the availability of funding and the Phase I restoration schedule.

    Topic 1: Measuring Habitat Evolution Utilizing Satellite Imagery

    Successful proposal by B. Fulfrost, Design, Community & Environment

    Topic 2: Assessment of Mercury Bioavailability Utilizing Sentinel Species

    Successful proposal by C. Eagles-Smith, USGS

    Topic 3: Waterbird Nesting and Foraging in Managed Ponds

    Successful proposal by J. Ackerman, USGS

    Topic 4: Waterbird Response to Trail Use

    Successful proposal by L. Trulio, SJSU

    Topic 5: Pond, Slough, and Bay Water Quality Interactions

    Successful proposal by J. Thompson, USGS

    Topic 6: Baseline Bird Data and Data Needs Assessment

    Successful proposal by M. Herzog, PRBO

    Topic 7: Effects of Restoration on Fish Assemblages

    Successful proposal by J. Hobbs, UC Davis

    Topic 8: California Gull Displacement Study

    Successful proposal by J. Ackerman, USGS

    Topic 9: Open Call for Graduate Fellows

    Successful proposals by N. Athearn, UCD/USGS; C. Overton, UCD/USGS; and A. Rowan, SFSU

    Directed Study

    Successful proposal by J. Callaway, USF


    Download the 2008 RFP

    • Main RFP document (PDF, 480K)
    • Coversheet (DOC, 150K)
    • Budget worksheet (XLS, 160K)

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    Ackerman, J.T., J.Y. Takekawa, C. Strong, N. Athearn, and A. Rex. 2006. California gull distribution, abundance, and predation on waterbird eggs and chicks in the South San Francisco Bay. Final Report, U.S. Geological Survey, Western Ecological Research Center, Davis and Vallejo, CA.

    Beutel, M., and K. Abu-Saba. 2004. South Bay Salt Ponds Restoration Project: Mercury Technical Memorandum. Brown and Caldwell, Larry Walker and Associates. Report prepared for the South Bay Salt Ponds Restoration Project Management Team.

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    Carney, K.M., and W.J. Sydeman. 1999. A review of human disturbance effects on nesting colonial waterbirds.Waterbirds 22:68-79.

    Collins, J.N., and R. Grossinger. 2005. Syntheses of scientific knowledge for maintaining and improving functioning of the South Bay ecosystem and restoring tidal salt marsh and associated habitats over the next 50 years at pond and pond-complex scales. Report to the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project.

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    Mejia, F.H., M.K. Saiki, and J.Y. Takekawa. 2008. Relation between fish species assemblages and water quality characteristics in South San Francisco Bay salt ponds and sloughs. Southwestern Naturalist. In press.

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    Saiki, M. K., and F. H. Mejia. 2008. Utilization by fishes of the Alviso island ponds and adjacent waters in South San Francisco Bay following restoration to tidal influence. California Fish and Game. In press.

    San Francisco Estuary Institute. 2005. The Pulse of the Estuary 2005. Oakland, CA.

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    Shellenbarger, G.G., D.H. Schoellhamer, T.L. Morgan, J.Y. Takekawa, N.D. Athearn and K.D. Henderson. 2008. Dissolved oxygen in Guadalupe Slough and Pond A3W, South San Francisco Bay, California, August and September 2007. U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2008–1097.

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