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Brian J. Roberts

Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON)

Research

8124 Highway 56
Chauvin, LA  70344  

broberts@lumcon.edu

Project List:

Coastal Waters Consortium II (CWC II)

Year 5-7 Consortia Grants (RFP-IV)Role: Co-Principal Investigator, Task Lead, Task Lead, Task Co-Lead

Coastal Waters Consortium (CWC)

Year 2-4 Consortia Grants (RFP-I)Role: Co-Principal Investigator, Task Co-Lead, Data Team

Publications & Presentations:

Journal Articles - 9

2017

McCann, M. J., Able, K. W., Christian, R. R., Fodrie, F. J., Jensen, O. P., Johnson, J. J., et al. (2017). Key taxa in food web responses to stressors: theDeepwater Horizonoil spill. Front Ecol Environ, 15(3), 142–149.

2016

Bernhard, A. E., Sheffer, R., Giblin, A. E., Marton, J. M., & Roberts, B. J. (2016). Population Dynamics and Community Composition of Ammonia Oxidizers in Salt Marshes after the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Front. Microbiol., 7(854).
Mason, O. U., Canter, E. J., Gillies, L. E., Paisie, T. K., & Roberts, B. J. (2016). Mississippi River Plume Enriches Microbial Diversity in the Northern Gulf of Mexico. Front. Microbiol., 7.
Weber, S. C., Battles, J. J., Peterson, L., Roberts, B. J., Peterson, R. N., Hollander, D. J., et al. (2016). Hercules 265 Rapid Response: Immediate ecosystem impacts of a natural gas blowout incident. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, 129, 66–76.

2015

Able, K. W., Lopez-Duarte, P. C., Fodrie, F. J., Jensen, O., Martin, C. W., Roberts, B. J., et al. (2015). Fish Assemblages in Louisiana Salt Marshes: Effects of the Macondo Oil Spill. Estuaries and Coasts, 38(5), 1385–1398.
Marton, J. M., Roberts, B. J., Bernhard, A. E., & Giblin, A. E. (2015). Spatial and Temporal Variability of Nitrification Potential and Ammonia-Oxidizer Abundances in Louisiana Salt Marshes. Estuaries and Coasts, 38(6), 1824–1837.

2014

Hooper-Bui, L. M., Rabalais, N. N., Engel, A. S., Turner, R. E., McClenachan, G., Roberts, B., et al. (2014). Overview of Research into the Coastal Effects of the Macondo Blowout from the Coastal Waters Consortium: A GoMRI Consortium. International Oil Spill Conference Proceedings, 2014(1), 604–617.
Joye, S. B., Montoya, J. P., Murawski, S. A., Özgökmen, T. M., Wade, T. L., Montuoro, R., et al. (2014). A Rapid Response Study of the Hercules Gas Well Blowout. Eos Trans. AGU, 95(38), 341–342.
Marton, J. M., & Roberts, B. J. (2014). Spatial variability of phosphorus sorption dynamics in Louisiana salt marshes: Phosphorus sorption in Louisiana marshes. J. Geophys. Res. Biogeosci., 119(3), 451–465.

Conference Presentations - 62

2017

Bernhard, A. E., Giblin, A. E., & Roberts, B. J. (2017). Multi-year Patterns in Community Composition of Ammonia-Oxidizers in Louisiana Salt Marshes Following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2017. New Orleans, LA : 02/06/17-02/09/17.
Ceresnak, N. A., Chelsky, A., Hill, T., & Roberts, B. J. (2017). Differential Responses of Soil Greenhouse Gas Production and Denitrification to Salinity Alterations along a Wetland Salinity Gradient in Barataria Bay. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2017. New Orleans, LA : 02/06/17-02/09/17.
Chelsky, A., Marton, J., Bernhard, A., Giblin, A., & Roberts, B. J. (2017). Long-term patterns in nitrification rates and ammonia oxidizer abundances in Louisiana salt marshes following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2017. New Orleans, LA : 02/06/17-02/09/17.
Engel, A. S., Paterson, A. T., Boling, K., & Roberts, B. J. (2017). Specificity of bacterial communities to dominant standing vegetation in coastal salt marshes, Bay Sansbois and Bay Batiste, Louisiana. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2017. New Orleans, LA : 02/06/17-02/09/17.
Lopez-Duarte, P., Able, K., Fodrie, J., Martin, C. M., Noji, C., Olin, J., et al. (2017). Quantifying Trophic Interactions in Louisiana Salt Marshes by Combining Stomach Content, Stable Isotope, and Fatty Acid Approaches. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2017. New Orleans, LA : 02/06/17-02/09/17.
Roberts, B. J. (2017). A multi-year record of biomass, primary production, and allometry of 4 dominant vegetation types in coastal Louisiana salt marshes. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2017. New Orleans, LA : 02/06/17-02/09/17.
Roberts, B. J. (2017). Sustained Impacts on Louisiana Salt Marsh Soil Greenhouse Gas Fluxes Following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2017. New Orleans, LA : 02/06/17-02/09/17.
Vastano, A. R., Able, K. W., Jensen, O. P., Lopez-Duarte, P. C., Martin, C. W., & Roberts, B. J. (2017). Age and Growth of a Subtropical Marsh Fish: The Gulf Killifish, Fundulus grandis. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2017. New Orleans, LA : 02/06/17-02/09/17: Poster.

2016

Bernhard, A. E., Sheffer, R., Giblin, A. E., Marton, J. M., & Roberts, B. J. (2016). Population Dynamics and Community Composition of Ammonia Oxidizers in Salt Marshes Impacted by the Macondo Oil Spill. In General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology. Boston, MA : 06/16/16-06/20/16: Poster.
Bernhard, A. E., Sheffer, R., Marton, J. M., Roberts, B. J., & Giblin, A. E. (2016). Impacts of Oil on Population Dynamics and Community Composition of Ammonia Oxidizers and Relationships with Nitrification Rates in Louisiana Salt Marshes. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2016. Tampa, FL : 02/01/16-02/04/16.
Ceresnak, N., Hill, T., Chelsky, A., & Roberts, B. (2016). Effects of salinity alterations on soil greenhouse gas production and denitrification along a wetland salinity gradient in Barataria Bay, Louisiana. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2016. Tampa, FL : 02/01/16-02/04/16: Poster.
Chelsky, A., Farley, N., & Roberts, B. J. (2016). Rates of soil nitrification and denitrification within Louisiana salt marshes: The significance of vegetation type. In Society of Wetland Scientists – South Central Chapter (SWS-SCC) & Gulf Estuarine Research Society (GERS) Fall 2016 Meeting. Pensacola, FL : 11/02/16-11/05/16.
Chelsky, A., Marton, J., Bernhard, A., Giblin, A., Setta, S., Hill, T., et al. (2016). Nitrification, denitrification, and greenhouse gas production during peak growing season in oiled and unoiled Louisiana salt marshes. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2016. Tampa, FL : 02/01/16-02/04/16.
Chelsky, A., Marton, J., Bernhard, A., Giblin, A., Setta, S., Hill, T., et al. (2016). Spatial Patterns in Biogeochemical Processes During Peak Growing Season in Oiled and Unoiled Louisiana Salt Marshes: A Multi-Year Analysis. In Ocean Sciences Meeting 2016. New Orleans, LA : 02/21/16-02/26/16: Poster.
Chelsky, A., Marton, J., Bernhard, A. E., Giblin, A. E., Setta, S. P., & Roberts, B. J. (2016). Biogeochemical processes in oiled and unoiled Louisiana salt marshes: a multiyear analysis. In 2016 State of the Coast. New Orleans, LA : 06/01/16-06/03/16.
Giblin, A. E., Tucker, J., Bernhard, A. E., Marton, J. M., Rich, M. W., Sullivan, H. L., et al. (2016). Potential and in-situ denitrification rates in oiled and unoiled Louisiana salt marsh sediments following the Deepwater Horizon spill. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2016. Tampa, FL : 02/01/16-02/04/16: Poster.
Hill, T., Roberts, B., Sullivan, H., Setta, S., Chelsky, A., Rich, M., et al. (2016). A three year record of Spartina alterniflora biomass, primary production, and allometry in coastal Louisiana. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2016. Tampa, FL : 02/01/16-02/04/16.
McCann, M., Jensen, O., Able, K., Christian, R., Fodrie, J., Johnson, J. J., et al. (2016). Using a food web network model to understand vulnerability of Gulf of Mexico salt marsh food webs to oiling. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2016. Tampa, FL : 02/01/16-02/04/16.
Polito, M. J., Johnson, J., Mauney, M. T., Davis, B., Baustian, M., Olin, J., et al. (2016). Tracking Carbon Flow through Marsh Food Webs Using Compound Specific-Stable Isotope Analysis. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2016. Tampa, FL : 02/01/16-02/04/16.
Rietl, A., Sorrentino, M., & Roberts, B. J. (2016). “Spatial distribution and morphology of the salt marsh periwinkle (Littoraria irrorata) in southeastern Louisiana ”. In Society of Wetland Scientists – South Central Chapter (SWS-SCC) & Gulf Estuarine Research Society (GERS) Fall 2016 Meeting. Pensacola, FL : 11/02/16-11/05/16.
Roberts, B., Chelsky, A., Rich, M., Rogener, M., Joye, S., & Rabalais, N. (2016). Spatial patterns in water column respiration rates in the northern Gulf of Mexico hypoxic zone: results from four years of July shelfwide cruises. In Ocean Sciences Meeting 2016. New Orleans, LA : 02/21/16-02/26/16: Poster.
Roberts, B. J. (2016). “Sustained impacts on Louisiana salt marsh soil greenhouse gas fluxes following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill ”. In Society of Wetland Scientists – South Central Chapter (SWS-SCC) & Gulf Estuarine Research Society (GERS) Fall 2016 Meeting. Pensacola, FL : 11/02/16-11/05/16.
Roberts, B. J. (2016). Sustained impacts on Louisiana salt marsh soil greenhouse gas fluxes following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. In 2016 State of the Coast. New Orleans, LA : 06/01/16-06/03/16.
Roberts, B. J., Chatelain, K., Fortin, S., Chelsky, A., Setta, S., Sullivan, H., et al. (2016). Highly variable biogeochemical process rates across salt marsh soil subhabitats: implications for scaling-up plot level measurements. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2016. Tampa, FL : 02/01/16-02/04/16: Poster.
Rogener, M., Roberts, B., Rabalais, N., Stewart, F., & Joye, S. (2016). Microbial nitrogen sinks in the water column of a large coastal hypoxic area, the Gulf of Mexico “Dead Zone”. In Ocean Sciences Meeting 2016. New Orleans, LA : 02/21/16-02/26/16.
Rogener, M., Roberts, B., Rabalais, N., Stewart, F., & Joye, S. (2016). Reactive Nitrogen and Methane Sinks in the Water Column of a Large Coastal Hypoxic area, the Gulf of Mexico "Dead Zone. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2016. Tampa, FL : 02/01/16-02/04/16: Poster.
Rogener, M. K., Roberts, B., Rabalais, N. N., Stewart, F., & Joye, S. B. (2016). Microbial nitrogen sinks in the water column of a large coastal hypoxic area, the Gulf of Mexico “Dead Zone”. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2016. Tampa, FL : 02/01/16-02/04/16: Poster.
Rogener, M. K., Roberts, B., Rabalais, N. N., Stewart, F., & Joye, S. B. (2016). Microbial nitrogen sinks in the water column of a large coastal hypoxic area, the Gulf of Mexico “Dead Zone”. In Ocean Sciences Meeting 2016. New Orleans, LA : 02/21/16-02/26/16: Poster.
Rogener, M. K., Roberts, B., Rabalais, N. N., Stewart, F., & Joye, S. B. (2016). Reactive Nitrogen Sinks in the Water Column of a Large Coastal Hypoxic Area, the Gulf of Mexico “Dead Zone”. In Southeastern Biogeochemical Symposium. Knoxville, TN : 03/11/2016-03/14/2016.
Vastano, A. R., Able, K. W., Jensen, O. P., López-Duarte, P. C., Martin, C. W., & Roberts, B. J. (2016). Age and Growth of a Subtropical Marsh Fish: The Gulf Killifish, Fundulus grandis. In Mid-Atlantic Chapter, American Fisheries Society. Bordentown, NJ : 10/27/16-10/28/16: Poster.
Walker, B., Druffel, E., Griffin, S., Kolasinski, J., Roberts, B., Xu, X., et al. (2016). Sources and Cycling of Dissolved Organic Carbon in the Gulf of Mexico: Insights from Stable (13C) and Radiocarbon (14C) Signatures. In Ocean Sciences Meeting 2016. New Orleans, LA : 02/21/16-02/26/16.
Walker, B., Druffel, E., Kolasinski, J., Roberts, B., Xu, X., & Rosenheim, B. (2016). Barataria Bay Estuarine System. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2016. Tampa, FL : 02/01/16-02/04/16.

2015

Bernhard, A. E., Sheffer, R., Giblin, A. E., Marton, J. M., & Roberts, B. J. (2015). Potential impacts of oiling on nitrifying communities in Louisiana salt marshes. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2015. Houston, TX : 02/16/15-02/19/15.
Giblin, A. E., Tucker, J., Bernhard, A. E., Marton, J. M., Rich, M. W., & Roberts, B. J. (2015). Denitrification rates in marsh sediments exposed to oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill and nearby reference sites in Louisiana salt marshes. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2015. Houston, TX : 02/16/15-02/19/15.
Martin, C. W., Jensen, O. P., Able, K. W., Fodrie, F. J., Lopez-Duarte, P. C., & Roberts, B. J. (2015). High Site Fidelity of the Gulf Killifish (Fundulus grandis) in Northern Gulf of Mexico Marshes: An Empirical Approach to Help Address Oil Effects. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2015. Houston, TX : 02/16/15-02/19/15: Poster.
Rabalais, N., Able, K., Bernhard, A., Besonen, M., Engel, A., Fodrie, F., et al. (2015). CWC-II Principal Investigators and Research Plan, CWC-II poster. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2015. Houston, TX : 02/16/15-02/19/15: Poster.
Rabalais, N. N., Able, K. W., Bernhard, A. E., Brown, K. M., Crandall, K. A., Engel, A. S., et al. (2015). CWC-I Plenary Presentation. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2015. Houston, TX : 02/16/15-02/19/15.
Roberts, B. J., & Marton, J. M. (2015). Sustained impacts on Louisiana salt marsh soil greenhouse gas fluxes following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2015. Houston, TX : 02/16/15-02/19/15.
Roberts, B. J., Marton, J. M., Rich, M. W., Sullivan, H. L., Bernhard, A. E., Tucker, J., et al. (2015). Denitrification rates in marsh sediments exposed to oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill and nearby reference sites in Louisiana salt marshes. In Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation 2015. Portland, OR : 11/08/15-11/12/15.
Roberts, B. J., Rich, M. W., Sullivan, H. L., Bledsoe, R., Dawson, M., Donnelly, B., et al. (2015). Spatial patterns in soil biogeochemical process rates along a Louisiana wetland salinity gradient in the Barataria Bay estuarine system. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2015. Houston, TX : 02/16/15-02/19/15: Poster.
Rogener, M. K., Roberts, B. J., Rabalais, N. N., & Joye, S. B. (2015). The effects of nitrogen loading and low oxygen conditions on the fate of nitrogen in coastal ecosystems. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2015. Houston, TX : 02/16/15-02/19/15.
Weber, S. C., Battles, J. J., Peterson, L., Roberts, B. J., Özgökmen, T., Peterson, R. N., et al. (2015). Hercules 265 Rapid Response: Immediate ecosystem impacts of a rig natural gas blowout incident. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2015. Houston, TX : 02/16/15-02/19/15.

2014

Bernhard, A. E., Pandya, K., Sheffer, R., Zazueta-Ramirez, C., Marton, J. M., Roberts, B., et al. (2014). Impacts of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on Abundance, Activity, and Community Composition of Ammonia-Oxidizing Archaea and Bacteria in Louisiana Salt Marshes. In American Society for Microbiology General Meeting. Boston, MA : 5/17/14-5/20/14: Poster.
Bernhard, M. J. M., Roberts, B. J., & Giblin, A. E. (2014). Abundance and community composition of ammonia-oxdizing microorganisms in Louisana marshes impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2014. Mobile, AL: 01/26/14-01/30/14.
Martin, C. W., Able, K. W., Lopez-Duarte, P. C., Fodrie, F. J., Jensen, O., & Roberts, B. J. (2014). High Site Fidelity of the Gulf Killifish (Fundulus grandis) in Northern Gulf of Mexico Marshes: An Empirical Approach to Help Address Oil Effects. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2014. Mobile, AL: 01/26/14-01/30/14: Poster.
Marton, J. M., Roberts, B. J., Bernhard, A. E., Giblin, A. E., Mack, S., & Moore, T. (2014). Differential biogeochemical responses of Spartina alterniflora and Avicennia germinans soils following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. In 2014 Phycological Society of America Meeting/Joint Aquatic Sciences Meeting. Portland, OR : 05/18/14-05/23/14.
Rich, M. W., Hopple, A., Marton, J. M., & Roberts, B. J. (2014). Temporal patterns in Louisiana salt marsh production and decomposition rates. In 2014 Phycological Society of America Meeting/Joint Aquatic Sciences Meeting. Portland, OR : 05/18/14-05/23/14: Poster.
Roberts, B. J., Marton, J. M., Bernhard, A. E., & Giblin, A. E. (2014). Louisiana salt marsh biogeochemistry and microbial community dynamics following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. In 2014 Phycological Society of America Meeting/Joint Aquatic Sciences Meeting. Portland, OR : 05/18/14-05/23/14: Poster.
Roberts, B. J., Rich, M. W., Sullivan, H. L., Bledsoe, R., Dawson, M., Donnelly, B., et al. (2014). Spatial patterns in soil biogeochemical process rates along a Louisiana wetland salinity gradient in the Barataria Bay estuarine system. In AGU Fall Meeting 2014. San Francisco, CA : 12/15/2014-12/19/2014: Poster.
Rogener, M. - K., Roberts, B. J., Rabalais, N. N., & Joye, S. B. (2014). The Effects of Large Nitrogen Loading and Low Oxygen Conditions on Nitrogen Removal Processes in Coastal Waters. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2014. Mobile, AL: 01/26/14-01/30/14: Poster.

2013

Bernhard, A. E., Marton, J., Roberts, B., & Giblin, A. E. (2013). Community composition of ammonia-oxidizing bacteria in Louisiana marshes impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. In 22nd Biennial Conference of the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation. San Diego, CA, November 3 - 7, 2013.
Giblin, A. E., Bernhard, A. E., Marton, J., Tucker, J., & Roberts, B. (2013). Denitrification and dissimilatory nitrate reduction to ammonium (DNRA) in sediments exposed to oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill. In 22nd Biennial Conference of the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation. San Diego, CA, November 3 - 7, 2013.
Lopez-Duarte, P., Fodrie, J., Jensen, O., Filosa, C., Halbert, S., O'Connor, K., et al. (2013). Oil Spill Effects on Salt Marsh Fish Assemblages: Selection of Appropriate Indicator Species. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2013. New Orleans, LA: 01/21/2013-01/23/2013.
Marti, A. M., Marton, J. M., & Roberts, B. J. (2013). Effects of varying salinity on greenhouse gas production from oiled and unoiled coastal Louisiana salt marsh soils. In Ocean Sciences Meeting 2013. New Orleans, LA : 02/17/13-02/22/2013: Poster.
Marton, J. M., & Roberts, B. J. (2013). Patterns of Phosphorus Sorption in Louisiana Brackish and Salt Marshes Impacted by the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. In Ocean Sciences Meeting 2013. New Orleans, LA : 02/17/13-02/22/2013.
Marton, J. M., Bernhard, A. E., Giblin, A. E., & Roberts, B. J. (2013). Louisiana Brackish and Salt Marsh Nitrification Potential and Microbial Diversity Following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2013. New Orleans, LA: 01/21/2013-01/23/2013.
Marton, J. M., Roberts, B. J., Bernhard, A. E., & Giblin, A. E. (2013). Location, Location, Location! Spatial Heterogeneity of Salt Marsh Biogeochemical Processes. In 22nd Biennial Conference of the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation. San Diego, CA, November 3 - 7, 2013.
Maton, J. M., Roberts, B. J., Bernhard, A. E., & Giblin, A. E. (2013). The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Biogeochemical Impacts Two Years Post-Spill. In SWS Meeting. Duluth, MN, June 2-6, 2013.
Roberts, B. J., & Marton, J. M. (2013). Louisiana brackish and salt marsh soil greenhouse gas fluxes following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and salinity manipulations. In 22nd Biennial Conference of the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation. San Diego, CA, November 3 - 7, 2013.
Roberts, B. J., Marton, J. M., Bernhard, A. E., & Giblin, A. E. (2013). Louisiana brackish and salt marsh nitrification potential and microbial diversity following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. In Ocean Sciences Meeting 2013. New Orleans, LA : 02/17/13-02/22/2013.
Roberts, B. J., Marton, J. M., & Marti, A. M. (2013). Louisiana brackish and salt marsh greenhouse gas fluxes following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and salinity manipulations. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2013. New Orleans, LA: 01/21/2013-01/23/2013.

2012

Marti, A., Marton, J., & Roberts, B. (2012). Effects of varying salinity on greenhouse gas production from oiled and unoiled Louisiana salt marsh soils. In International Meetings of the Agronomy, Crop, and Soil Science Societies of America. Cincinnati, OH, October 21, 2012.