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Publications from the USGS National Wetlands Research Center Related to Coastal Prairie Ecosystems

  • Grace, James B., Larry Allain, and Arlene Billock. "Effects of Fire on the Chinese Tallow Tree: Testing the Critical Size Hypothesis" (In review)

  • Allain, Larry.  2010. “The Role of Soil Fertility in Restoring Louisiana’s Coastal Prairie.” Proceedings of the 19th North American Prairie Conference 21:54-62.

  • Baldwin, H.Q., Grace, J.B., Barrow, W.C., Jr., and Rohwer, F.C., 2007, Habitat relationships of birds overwintering in a managed coastal prairie: The Wilson Journal of Ornithology, v. 119, no. 2, p. 189-97.

  • James B. Grace, T. Michael Anderson, Melinda D. Smith, Eric Seabloom, Sandy J. Andelman, Gayna Meche, Evan Weiher, Larry K. Allain, Heli Jutila, Mahesh Sankaran, Johannes Knops, Mark Ritchie, Michael R. Willig.  2007. “Does species diversity limit productivity in natural grassland communities”? Ecology Letters 10 (8), 680–689.

  • Allain, Larry, Latimore Smith, Charles Allen, Malcolm Vidrine, and James B. Grace.  2006. “A Floristic Quality Assessment System for the Coastal Prairie of Louisiana”.  Proceedings of the 19th North American Prairie Conference.

  • Pitre, John, and Larry Allain. 2003. " Lost and Found: Louisiana’s Coastal Prairies".  Birdscapes: News from International Habitat Conservation Partnerships, Winter.

  • Allain, Larry, and James B. Grace. "Response of the shrub Baccharis halimifolia to fire in coastal tallgrass prairie". 2001.  Proceedings of the 17th North American Prairie Conference.

  • Vidrine, Malcolm F., Charles M. Allen, Bruno Borsari, and Larry Allain. 2001. “Lepidopteran and Odonate Communities in the Cajun Prairie Ecosystem in Southwestern Louisiana" Proceedings of the 17th North American Prairie Conference.

  • Vidrine, Malcolm F., Charles M. Allen, Bruno Borsari, Larry Allain, and Stephen R. Johnson. 2001."The Cajun prairie restoration project"  Proceedings of the 17th North American Prairie Conference.

  • Vidrine, Malcolm F., William R. Fontenot, Charles M. Allen, Bruno Borsari, and Larry Allain. 2001. "Prairie Cajuns and the Cajun Prairie: A History" Proceedings of the 17th North American Prairie Conference.

  • Grace, J.B., M.D. Smith, S.L. Grace, S.L. Collins, and T.J. Stohlgren. 2001. Interactions between fire and invasive plants in temperate grasslands of North America. pp. 40-65, in K. Galley and T. Wilson (eds.) Fire Conference 2000: The First National Congress on Fire, Ecology, Prevention and Management. Invasive Species Workshop: The Role of Fire in the Control and Spread of Invasive Species. Tallahassee: Tall Timbers Research Station

  • Grace, J.B. 2001. Difficulties with estimating and interpreting species pools and the implications for understanding patterns of diversity. Folia Geobotanica 36:71-83.

  • Grace, J.B. in press. Competition and facilitation. Chapter 21 In: M. Reigosa (ed.). Introduction to Plant Ecophysiology.

  • Grace, J.B. in press. Comparing groups using structural equations. In: B. Pugesek, A. Tomer, and A. von Eye (eds.) Structural Equations Modeling: Applications in Ecological and Evolutionary Biology Research. Cambridge University Press.

  • Grace, J.B. in press. Examining the relationships between environmental variables and ordination axes using latent variables and structural equation modeling. In: B. Pugesek, A. Tomer, and A. von Eye (eds.) Structural Equations Modeling: Applications in Ecological and Evolutionary Biology Research. Cambridge University Press.

  • La Peyre, M.K., M.A. Reams, P.H. Templet, J.B. Grace, and I.A. Mendelssohn. 2001. An exploratory analysis: identifying determinants of nation’s wetland management programs using structural equation modeling. Environmental Management 27:859-868.

  • Grace, J.B. 2001. The roles of community biomass and species pools in the regulation of plant diversity. Oikos 92:191-207.

  • Greiner La Peyre, M.K., J.B. Grace, E. Hahn, and I.A. Mendelssohn. 2001. The importance of competition in regulating plant species abundance along a salinity gradient. Ecology 82:62-69.

  • Allain, Larry, Malcolm Vidrine, Vicki Grafe, Charles Allen, Steven Johnson.  2000.  “Paradise Lost: the coastal prairie of Louisiana and Texas”.

  • Wade, D.D., B.L. Brock, P.H. Brose, J.B. Grace, G.A. Hoch, and W.A. Patterson III. 2000. Chapter 4: Fire in eastern ecosystems. In: J.K. Brown and J.K. Smith (eds.) Wildland Fire in Ecosystems: Effects of Fire on Flora. Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-42- Vol. 2., Ogden, UT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, pp 53-96. [available at]

  • King, S., and J.B. Grace. 2000. The relationship between life stage and soil moisture tolerance in cogongrass (Imperata cylindrica), a nonindigenous invasive species. Wetlands 20:300-306.

  • King, S., and J.B. Grace. 2000. The effects of gap size and disturbance type on invasion of wet pine savanna by cogongrass, Imperata cylindrica (Poaceae). American Journal of Botany 87:1279-1286.

  • Barrilleaux, T.C., and J.B. Grace. 2000. Growth and invasive potential of Sapium sebiferum (Euphorbiaceae) within the coastal prairie region: the effects of soil and moisture regime. American Journal of Botany 87(8):1099-1106.

  • Grace, J.B., L. Allain, and C. Allan. 2000. Factors associated with plant species richness in a coastal tall-grass prairie. Journal of Vegetation Science 11:443-452.

  • Grace, J.B., L. Allain, and C. Allen. 2000. Vegetation associations in a rare community type - coastal tallgrass prairie. Plant Ecology 147:105-115.

  • Allain, L., M. Vidrine, V.Grafe, C. Allen and S. Johnson. 1999. Paradise lost? The coastal prairie of Louisiana and Texas. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Geological Survey. 39 pp.

  • Grace, J.B., and H. Jutila. 1999. The relationship between species density and community biomass in grazed and ungrazed coastal meadows. Oikos 85:398-408.

  • Grace, J.B. 1999. The factors controlling species density in herbaceous plant communities: an assessment. Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics 2:1-28.

  • Grace, J.B., and G.R. Guntenspergen. 1999. The effects of landscape position on plant species density: evidence of past environmental effects in a coastal wetland. Ecoscience 6:381-391.

  • Gough, L., and J.B. Grace. 1999. Predicting effects of environmental change on plant species density: experimental evaluations in a coastal wetland. Ecology 80:882-890.

  • Gough, L., and J.B. Grace. 1998. Effects of flooding, salinity, and herbivory on coastal plant communities, Louisiana, United States. Oecologia 117:527-535.

  • Ford, M.F., and J.B. Grace. 1998. Effects of herbivores on vertical soil accretion, shallow subsidence and soil elevation changes in coastal Louisiana. Journal of Ecology 86:974-982.

  • Pugesek, B.H., and J.B. Grace. 1998. On the utility of path modeling for ecological and evolutionary studies. Functional Ecology 12:853-856.

  • Grace, J.B. 1998. Can prescribed fire save the endangered coastal prairie ecosystem from Chinese tallow invasion? Endangered Species Update 15(5):70-76.

  • Grace, J.B., and R.G. Wetzel. 1998. Long-term dynamics of Typha populations. Aquatic Botany 61:137-146.

  • Grace, J.B., and B.H. Pugesek. 1998. On the use of path analysis and related procedures for the investigation of ecological problems. American Naturalist 152:151-159.

  • Newman, S., J. Schutte, J.B. Grace, K. Rutchey, T. Fontaine, M. Campbell, M. Pietrucha, and K.R. Reddy. 1998. Factors influencing cattail abundance in the northern Everglades. Aquatic Botany 60:265-280.

  • Ford, M.F., and J.B. Grace. 1998. The interactive effects of vertebrate herbivory and fire on a coastal marsh in Louisiana, the Pearl River. Wetlands 18:1-8.

  • Gough, L., and J.B. Grace. 1998. Herbivore effects on plant species density at varying productivity levels. Ecology 79:1586-1594.

  • Johnson, S.R., and L.K. Allain. 1998. Observations on insect use of Chinese tallow (Sapium sebiferum [L. Roxb.) in Louisiana and Texas. Castanea 63:188-189.

  • Allain, L., and S.R. Johnson. 1997. The prairies of coastal Texas and Acadiana. Wildflower 13(2):42-45.

  • Gough, L., and J.B. Grace. 1997. The influence of vines on an oligohaline marsh community: results of a removal and fertilization study. Oecologia 112:403-411.

  • Nuttle, W.K., M.M. Brinson, D. Cahoon, J.C. Callaway, R.R. Christian, G.L. Chmura, W.H.Conner, R.H. Day, M. Ford, J. Grace, J. C. Lynch, R.A.Orson, R.W. Parkinson, D. Reed, J.M. Rybczyk, T.J. Smith III, R.P. Stumpf, and K. Williams. 1997. Forecasting the fate of coastal wetlands. Eos 78:257, 260-261.

  • Grace, J.B. 1997. Bioinformatics: mathematical challenges and ecology. Science 275:1862-1863. (letter to the editor)

  • Grace, J.B., and B. Pugesek.1997. A structural equation model of plant species richness and its application to a coastal wetland. American Naturalist 149:436-460.

  • Taylor, K.L., J.B. Grace, and B.D. Marx. 1997. The effects of herbivory on neighbor interactions along a coastal marsh gradient. American Journal of Botany 84:709-715.

  • Newman, S., J.B. Grace, and JW Koebel. 1996. Nutrient and hydroperiod effects on Typha, Cladium, and Eleocharis: implications for Everglades restoration. Ecological Applications 6:774-783.

  • Marrs, R., J.B. Grace, and L. Gough. 1996. On the relationship between plant species diversity and biomass: a comment on a paper by Gough, Grace, and Taylor. Oikos. 75:323-326.

  • Grace, J.B., and M.A. Ford. 1996. The potential impact of herbivores on the susceptibility of Sagittaria lancifolia to saltwater intrusion in coastal wetlands. Estuaries 19:13-20.

  • Grace, J.B. 1995. In search of the holy grail: explanations for the coexistence of plant species. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 10:263-264.

  • Guntenspergen, G.R., D.R. Cahoon, J.B. Grace, G.D. Steyer, S. Fournet, M.A. Townsend, and A.L. Foote. 1995. Disturbance and recovery of the Louisiana coastal marsh landscape from the impacts of Hurricane Andrew. Journal of Coastal Research 21:324-339.

  • Taylor, K.L., and J.B. Grace. 1995. The effects of vertebrate herbivory on plant community structure in the coastal marshes of the Pearl River, Louisiana. Wetlands 15:68-73.

  • Grace, J.B. 1995. On the measurement of plant competition intensity. Ecology 76:305-308. (translated into Chinese and republished in the Chinese Journal of Ecology by Dr. Liu Qing, Chengdu Institute of Biology).

  • Gough, L., J.B. Grace, and K.L. Taylor. 1994. The relationship between species richness and community biomass: the importance of environmental variables. Oikos 70:271-279.

  • Reader, R.J., S.D. Wilson, J.W. Belcher, I. Wisheu, P.A. Keddy, D. Tilman, E.C. Morris, J.B. Grace, J.B. McGraw, H. Olff, R. Turkington, E. Klein, Y. Leung, B. Shipley, R. van Hulst, M.E. Johansson, C. Nilsson, J. Gurevitch, K. Grigulis, and B.E. Beisner. 1994. Intensity of plant competition in relation to neighbor biomass: an intercontinental study with Poa pratensis. Ecology 75:1753-1760.

  • Taylor, K.L., J.B. Grace, G.R. Guntenspergen, and A.L. Foote. 1994. The interactive effects of herbivory and fire on an oligohaline marsh, Little Lake, Louisiana, USA. Wetlands 14:82-87.

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