The South Bay Mercury Project: Using Biosentinels to Monitor Effects of Wetland Restoration for the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project

The South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project plans to convert 50-90% of the former salt evaporation ponds of South San Francisco Bay into tidal marsh habitat. This large-scale habitat restoration may change the distribution, bioavailability, and bioaccumulation of methylmercury.

Benthic invertebrate community assessment as a phytoplankton consumer and fish and bird prey source before and after the start of the restoration

We analyzed spatially-intensive benthic samples collected during three seasons in each of three years prior to the restoration project (1993-1995) and after the restoration activities started (2006-2008).

Response of Waterbird Breeding Effort, Nest Success, and Mercury Concentrations in Eggs and Fish to Wetland Management

In cooperation with the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, we experimentally manipulated water levels in pond A12 to examine the response of waterbird breeding effort and nest success, and assess the unintended consequence of this management action on the bioaccumulation of m

The Effects of Wetland Restoration on Mercury Bioaccumulation in the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project: Using the Biosentinel Toolbox to Monitor Changes Across Multiple Habitats and Spatial Scales

The project was initiated in April 2010, and to date has included four sampling events of surface water (April, May, June/July, and August 2010) and five sampling events of biota (April, May, June/July, August, and September 2010) and three sampling events for surface sediment (May, June/July, an