coastal institute

Narragansett Bay Campus, Room 124, Narragansett, RI 02882


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Kenneth Raposa

  • Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
  • Phone: 401.683.7849
  • Fax: 401.682.7366
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  • Office Location: 55 South Reserve Dr.
    Prudence Island, RI 02872

I am interested in advancing the science of coastal habitat restoration and in how fishes and crustaceans (nekton) respond to restoration activities. My dissertation work emphasized this interest and demonstrated that severely tide-restricted salt marshes offer the poorest habitat for nekton and logically offer the most potential benefits for nekton when restored. This finding provides restoration practitioners with a tool to prioritize salt marshes for restoration. In addition, I have developed, and am in the process of publishing, methods and protocols for monitoring the ecological effects of salt marsh restoration, with the hope of standardizing monitoring methods among projects and across regions. At a more general level, my interests focus on the ecology of fishes in estuarine and shallow water habitats. I am concerned about the effects of human actions on coastal habitats, and how these actions in turn affect fish use of these habitats. For example, what are the effects of eutrophication, salt marsh modification, eelgrass loss or restoration, and changing coastal land use patterns on fish and their habitats? I am also interested in better defining habitats that are essential for coastal fishes, and in separating variability in fish characteristics due to natural and human-induced causes.

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