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Hilary Neckles

Research Ecologist

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Ph.D. in Marine Science from Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary, 1990

M.S. in Wildlife Biology from University of Minnesota, 1984

B.S. in Wildlife Biology from University of Massachusetts, 1980 

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Neckles, H.A. 2015. Loss of eelgrass in Casco Bay, Maine, linked to green crab disturbance. Northeastern Naturalist 22:478-500. [Article provided in accordance with publisher copyright policy. Any reproduction, other than for an individual's own personal and private use, or distribution of journal content is prohibited without written permission from Eagle Hill Institute.] [Download File]

Neckles, H. A., Lyons, J. E., Guntenspergen, G. R., Shriver, W. G., and Adamowicz, S. C. 2014. Use of structured decision making to identify monitoring variables and management priorities for salt marsh ecosystems. Estuaries and Coasts (DOI) 10.1007/s12237-014-9822-5. [Link]

Neckles, H. A., Kopp, B. S., Peterson, B. J., and Pooler, P. S. 2012. Integrating scales of seagrass monitoring to meet conservation needs. Estuaries and Coasts 35:23-46. [Link]

Guntenspergen, G.R., Baldwin. A., Hogan, D., Neckles, H.A., and Nielsen, M. 2009. Valuing urban wetlands: modification, preservation, and restoration. pp. 503-520 in M. J. McDonnell, A. K. Hahs, and J. H. Breuste (eds.), Ecology of cities and towns: a comparative approach, Cambridge University Press, New York

Konisky, R.A.; Burdick, D. M.; Dionne, M.; Neckles, H. A., 2006. A regional assessment of salt marsh restoration and monitoring in the Gulf of Maine. Restoration Ecology 14:516-525 [Link]

Neckles, H.A.; Short, F.T.; Barker, S.; Kopp, B.S., 2005. Disturbance of eelgrass Zostera marina by commercial mussel Mytilus edulis harvesting in Maine: dragging impacts and habitat recovery. Marine Ecology Progress Series 285:57-73

Keats, R.A.; Osher, L.J.; Neckles, H. A., 2004. The effect of nitrogen loading on a brackish estuarine faunal community: A stable isotope approach. Estuaries 27:460-471 [Link]

Luczkovich, J.J.; Ward, G.P.; Johnson, J.C.; Christian, R.R.; Baird, D.; Neckles, H.; Rizzo, W.M., 2002. Determining the trophic guilds of fishes and macroinvertebrates in a seagrass food web. Estuaries 25:1143-1163 [Link]

Neckles, H. A.; Dionne, M. D.; Burdick, D. M.; Roman, C. T.; Buchsbaum, R.; Hutchins, E., 2002. A monitoring protocol to assess tidal restoration of salt marshes on local and regional scales. Restoration Ecology 10:556-563 [Link]

Short, F. T. and Neckles, H. A. 1999. The effects of global climate change on seagrasses. Aquatic Botany 63:169-196.

Moore, K. A., Neckles, H. A., and Orth, R. J. 1996. Zostera marina (eelgrass) growth and survival along a gradient of nutrients and turbidity in the lower Chesapeake Bay. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 142:247-259.

Neckles, H. A. and Neill, C. 1994. Hydrologic control of litter decomposition in seasonally flooded prairie marshes. Hydrobiologia 286:155-165

Neckles, H. A., Koepfler, E. T., Haas, L. W., Wetzel, R. L., and Orth, R. J. 1994. Dynamics of epiphytic photoautotrophs and heterotrophs in Zostera marina L. (eelgrass) microcosms: responses to nutrient enrichment and grazing. Estuaries 17:597-605

Neckles, H. A., Wetzel, R. L., and Orth, R. J. 1993. Relative effects of nutrient enrichment and grazing on epiphyte-macrophyte (Zostera marina L.) dynamics. Oecologia 93:285-295.

Neckles, H. A., Murkin, H. R., and Cooper, J. A. 1990. Influences of seasonal flooding on macroinvertebrate abundance in wetland habitats. Freshwater Biol. 23:311-322

Neckles, H. A. and Wetzel, R. L. 1989. Effects of forage harvest in seasonally flooded prairie marshes: simulation model experiments. pp. 975-990 in R. R. Sharitz and J. W. Gibbons (eds). Freshwater Wetlands and Wildlife. DOE Symposium Series No. 61, USDOE Office of Scientific and Technical Information, Oak Ridge, TN.

Wetzel, R. L. and Neckles, H.A. 1986. A model of Zostera marina L. photosynthesis and growth: simulated effects of selected physical-chemical variables and biological interactions. Aquat. Bot. 26:307-323.


My Science Topics

Science Topic
Ecology and Environmentenvironmental assessment
Ecology and Environmentestuarine ecosystems
Ecology and Environmentwetlands

My USGS Science Strategy Areas

Understanding Ecosystems & Predicting Ecosystems Change

Coastal and Estuarine Ecology

My research focuses on understanding and predicting responses of estuarine and wetland systems to various human and natural stressors, with the ultimate goal of informing conservation and management decisions in coastal environments. Recent areas of emphasis include developing appropriate indicators and approaches for seagrass, estuarine, and salt marsh ecosystem monitoring and assessment at local and regional scales; determining the impacts of some common commercial fishing practices on New England eelgrass habitats; and quantifying relationships between nutrient loading and the integrity of seagrass ecosystems. My earlier research experience includes investigations of seagrass ecosystems in Chesapeake Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.

Integrating Scales of Seagrass Monitoring to Meet Conservation Needs

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Hilary Neckles
196 Whitten Road
Augusta, ME 04330
207-622-8204 - Fax
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