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Blaine S. Kopp

USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center 
196 Whitten Road
Augusta, ME 04330 

Photo of Blaine S. Kopp

Telephone: (207) 622-8201 ext.114 

Fax: (207) 622-8204

Email: bkopp@usgs.gov 

Oceanographer

Primary Responsibilities: 
Research to provide scientific information needed by coastal resource managers and decision makers in the northeastern US.

Education/Training: 
B.A.     Dartmouth College                    Biological Sciences                  1986     
Ph.D.   University of Rhode Island        Biological Oceanography         1999

Areas of Expertise/Interest: The ecology, ecological physiology, restoration and monitoring of seagrass habitats; monitoring design for coastal ecosystems; estuarine and coastal ecology.
Active Projects:
Developing an inventory and mapping strategy for marine habitats and submerged natural resources within coastal parks of the National Park Service Northeast Region.

Designing and implementing an estuarine monitoring protocol for coastal parks of the National Park Service Northeast Region to address concerns over changing autotrophic condition resulting from nutrient enrichment.

Seagrass condition assessment within coastal parks of the National Park Service Northeast Region: site selection, training, and integration with national programs .

Developing tools to monitor and predict the effects of nutrient enrichment on estuaries at Acadia National Park .

Technical assistance in coastal ecology

Publications/Products: 

Kopp, B.S. and H.A. Neckles. In Press. Estuarine Nutrient Enrichment Monitoring:  Protocols for Coastal Parks of the National Park Service Northeast Region.  National Park Service Technical Report NPS/xxx/xxxx-2007/xxx.

Fonseca, M. S., M. A. R. Koehl, and B. S. Kopp. 2007. Biomechanical factors contributing to self-organization in seagrass landscapes. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 340(2):227-246.

Neckles, H. A., F. T. Short, S. Barker, and B. S. Kopp.  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.

Short, F.T., R.C. Davis, B.S. Kopp, C.A. Short and D.M. Burdick. 2002. Site-selection model for optimal restoration of eelgrass Zostera marina in the Northeastern US. Marine Ecology Progress Series 227: 253-267.

Short, F.T., B. S. Kopp, J. Gaeckle and H. Tamaki. 2002. Seagrass ecology and estuarine mitigation: a low-cost method for eelgrass restoration. Japan Fisheries Science. 68: 1759-1762.

Kopp, B.S. 1999.  Effects of Nitrate Fertilization and Shading on Physiological and Biomechanical Properties of Eelgrass (Zostera marina L.). Ph.D. dissertation.  University of Rhode Island, Graduate School of Oceanography, Kingston, RI.

Kopp, B.S., A.M. Doherty, and S.W. Nixon. 1995.  A Guide to Site Selection for Eelgrass Restoration Projects in Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island.  Providence, RI: Technical Report to RIDEM Narragansett Bay Project.  Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island.

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