Stephen HesterbergGulf Shellfish Institute
Executive Director, Gulf Shellfish Institute
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I am a marine ecologist that focuses on the coastal foundation species of Florida's Gulf Coast. Much of my work centers on oyster reef ecology, but I also possess a strong interest in molluscan biology and applied shellfish research. I am fascinated by historical ecology of marine systems and I aim to incorporate longer temporal perspectives into my research to elucidate ecological process that occur more slowly or to better assess the true magnitude of human impact. www.gulfshellfish.org
Ecological regime shifts are expected to increase this century as climate change propagates cascading effects across ecosystems with coupled elements. Here, we demonstrate that the climate-driven salt marsh–to–mangrove transition does not occur in isolation but is linked to lesser-known oyster reef–to–mangrove regime shifts through the provision of...
The Florida Horse Conch, Triplofusus giganteus, one of the largest marine gastropods in the world, has been intensely exploited by shell collectors, curio dealers, and commercial harvest for over a century and is now in decline. Effective management of horse conch populations requires better data on commercial and recreational harvest intensities b...
The Gulf of Mexico (GoM) is home to the world's largest remaining wild oyster fisheries, but baseline surveys needed to assess habitat condition are recent and may represent an already-shifted reference state. Here, we use prehistoric oysters from archaeological middens to show that oyster size, an indicator of habitat function and population resil...
Identifying and quantifying the relevant properties of habitat structure that mediate predator-prey interactions remains a persistent challenge. Most previous studies investigate effects of structural density on trophic interactions and typically quantify refuge quality using one or two-dimensional metrics. Few consider spatial arrangement of compo...