[Coral-List] Connectivity and Lion Fish (Eugene Shinn) - journal article from NCRI

Osmar Luiz osmarluizjr at gmail.com
Tue May 24 19:29:49 EDT 2011

Another very interesting paper about the topic is in the early view section of the Journal of Biogeography website: 

Betancur-R., R., Hines, A., Acero P., A., Ortí, G., Wilbur, A. E. and Freshwater, D. W. (2011), 
Reconstructing the lionfish invasion: insights into Greater Caribbean biogeography. 
Journal of Biogeography, 38: no. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2699.2011.02496.x



On 25/05/2011, at 4:29 AM, Matthew Johnston wrote:

> Hi Gene,
> My name is Matthew Johnston and I am a researcher/software developer with
> the National Coral Reef Institute (NCRI) at the Nova Southeastern University
> Oceanographic Center.  A colleague and I recently completed a lionfish fish
> study that performed the precise analysis you are suggesting.  The resulting
> article based on the results is currently available online in the journal
> Marine Pollution Bulletin.
> The basis for the study was straightforward; examine the temporal sequence
> of historical lionfish captures/sightings and try to determine what factors
> contributed to the pattern of invasion recorded in the records.  For this
> study, we chose to use lionfish sighting/capture records from the USGS-NAS
> (non-indigenous aquatic species) database which is the most complete
> historical set of lionfish data currently available.  We then investigated
> prevailing physical parameters at the locations where lionfish were found
> (we used temperature, water depth, salinity, and ocean current, all obtained
> from public record sets) and used a simple mathematical (cellular automata)
> model to determine which of these factors had the most influence on the
> spread of lionfish.  The resulting model output is a synthetic
> representation of the current invasion which can then be used to predict
> future invasions, or in the case of the current invasion, their eventual
> trek into and throughout the Gulf of Mexico.  Our study also demonstrates
> through a series of animations what would have likely occurred had the
> invasion started in a different location such as the Gulf of Mexico or off
> the coast of Colombia, South America.  Overall the results from our analysis
> show that current was the overall largest parameter influencing the
> distribution and eventual setting of lionfish.  
> For more information about the study, the full article can be accessed at
> the following DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2011.03.028 .  The
> article can also be cited as follows:
> Johnston, M.W., Purkis, S.J. Spatial analysis of the invasion of lionfish in
> the western Atlantic and Caribbean. Mar. Pollut. Bull. (2011),
> doi:10.1016/j.marpolbul.2011.03.028
> Additionally, please feel free to email me at johnmatt at nova.edu with any
> questions about the study or for a copy of the .pdf.
> -Matthew Johnston
> Programmer/Application Developer
> National Coral Reef Institute
> Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center
> 8000 N. Ocean Drive, Dania, FL 33004 USA
> johnmatt at nova.edu
> 954.262.3641 (office)
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> Date: Mon, 23 May 2011 13:22:04 -0400
> From: Eugene Shinn <eshinn at marine.usf.edu>
> Subject: [Coral-List] Connectivity and Lion Fish
> To: coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov
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> There has been a lot of talk about connectivity lately. It was the
> centerpiece of of the recent "Horizons Beyond" meeting at Mote Marine Lab.
> Has anyone considered collecting all the Lion fish sightings data to use as
> a metric for demonstrating connectivity? The larvae do follow the currents.
> Just a thought. Gene
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