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Kenneth L. Heck, Jr.

Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL)

University Programs

101 Bienville Boulevard
Dauphin Island, AL  36528  

kheck@disl.org

Project List:

Alabama Center for Ecological Resilience (ACER)

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

Impacts of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Releases on the Functional Integrity of Salt Marshes and Seagrass Meadows and Associated Fauna

Year One Block Grant - The Alabama Marine Environmental Science ConsortiumRole: Principal Investigator

Impacts of the Deep Horizon Oil Spill on Ecosystem Structure and Function in Alabama's Marine Waters

Year One Block Grant - The Northern Gulf InstituteRole: Co-Principal Investigator, Task Lead

Potential Impacts of the DWH Oil Spill on Fishery Resources: Will There be Reduced Recruitment of Economically Important Shrimp, Crabs, and Finfish in Seagrass and Marsh Nursery Habitats of the North Central Gulf of Mexico?

Year One Block Grant - The Northern Gulf InstituteRole: Principal Investigator, Project Data Point of Contact

Publications & Presentations:

Journal Articles - 2

2013

Moody, R. M., Cebrian, J., Heck, K. L., & Browman, H. (2013). Interannual Recruitment Dynamics for Resident and Transient Marsh Species: Evidence for a Lack of Impact by the Macondo Oil Spill. PLoS ONE, 8(3), e58376.

2011

Fodrie, F. J., Heck, K. L., & Bograd, S. J. (2011). Response of Coastal Fishes to the Gulf of Mexico Oil Disaster. PLoS ONE, 6(7), e21609.

Conference Presentations - 13

2017

Scheffel, W., Heck, K. L., Hughes, R. A., Cebrian, J., & Goff, J. (2017). Effects of plant species and genetic diversity on wetland's functional responses to oiling. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2017. New Orleans, LA : 02/06/17-02/09/17: Poster.
Scheffel, W. A., Heck, K. L., Hughes, A. R., Cebrian, J., Goff, J., & Zerebecki, R. A. (2017). Biodiversity of wetland plants and resistance to disturbance: The Deepwater Horizon example. In 46th Benthic Ecology Meeting. Myrtle Beach, SC : 04/12/17-04/16/17.
Zerebecki, R. A., Hughes, R. A., Heck, K. L., Cebrian, J., Mortazavi, B., Sobecky, P., et al. (2017). Plant diversity impacts Spartina alterniflora resilience to Deepwater Horizon oil pollution. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2017. New Orleans, LA : 02/06/17-02/09/17.

2016

Hughes, A. R., Heck, K., Cebrian, J., Mortazavi, B., Sobecky, P., Flournoy, N., et al. (2016). Impacts of Deepwater Horizon Oil Pollution on Wetlands Resiliency. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2016. Tampa, FL : 02/01/16-02/04/16: Poster.
Hughes, A. R., Heck, K., Cebrian, J., Mortazavi, B., Sobecky, P., Flournoy, N., et al. (2016). Impacts of Deepwater Horizon Oil Pollution on Wetlands Resiliency. In Benthic Ecology Meeting. Portland, ME : 03/16/16-03/29/16: Poster.
Scheffel, W. A., Hughes, A. R., Heck, K. L., Cebrian, J., & Goff, J. (2016). Impacts of Deepwater Horizon Oil Pollution on Wetlands Resiliency. In Bays and Bayous Symposium. Biloxi, MS : 11/30/16-12/01/16.

2011

Gamble, R. B., Cebrian, J., & Heck, K. L. (2011). Abundance and richness of macroinvertebrate and finfish assemblages in shallow coastal embayments with contrasting seagrass cover. In Benthic Ecology Annual Meeting 2011. Mobile, AL : 03/16/11-03/20/11.
Gamble, R. B., Cebrian, J., & Heck, K. L. (2011). Impacts of reduced seagrass cover in shallow coastal embayments on production contributions of macroinvertebrate and finfish populations to offshore habitats. In Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation Conference. Daytona Beach, FL, November 6-10, 2011.
Moody, R. M., Kerner, S., Biermann, L., Howard, J., Cebrian, J., Heck, K., et al. (2011). Temporal dynamics of nekton abundance in coastal fringing marshes: Impact of the oil spill? In Benthic Ecology Annual Meeting 2011. Mobile, AL : 03/16/11-03/20/11.
Moody, R. M., Kerner, S., Biermann, L., Howard, J., Cebrian, J., Heck, K. L., et al. (2011). Temporal dynamics of nekton abundance in a coastal fringing marsh: Impact of the oil? In Alabama Fisheries Association Annual Meeting. Mobile, AL, February 2-4, 2011: Poster.
Scheffel, W., Heck, K. L., Cebrian, J., & Moody, R. M. (2011). Has the Deepwater Horizon oil spill had a negative impact on the seagrass communities and associated juvenile finfish and shellfish in the North Central Gulf of Mexico? In Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation Conference. Daytona Beach, FL, November 6-10, 2011: Poster.

2010

Gamble, R. B., Cebrian, J., & Heck, K. L. (2010). Abundance and diversity of macroinvertebrate and finfish assemblages in shallow coastal embayments with contrasting seagrass cover. In Bays and Bayous Symposium. Mobile, AL, December 1-2, 2010: Poster.
Moody, R. M., Kerner, S., Biermann, L., Cebrian, J., & Heck, K. (2010). The nursery role of fringing salt marshes and submerged aquatic vegetation in coastal Alabama. In Collaborative Scientific Research Opportunities Relative to the Gulf Oil Spill (LA EPSCoR, LA Board of Regents, AL and MS EPSCoR and NSF). New Orleans, LA, November 1-2, 2010: Poster.