Archived Workshops/References

Tidal Wetlands


Training Programs

Introduction to Ecology and Regulation of Tidal Wetlands in Central California and the San Francisco Bay Aug 17, 2005
Adaptive Restoration of the West Coast's Tidal Wetlands Jan 12, 2006
Tidal Wetland Restoration Field Trip: Muzzi Marsh with Phyllis Faber Sep 25, 2006
Martin Luther King Shoreline Tidal Wetland Restoration Field Trip Dec 5, 2006
Sea Level Rise - The Next 100 Years Sep 22, 2010
Using Science to Help Design Salt Marsh Conservation Strategies in the Face of Environmental Change Sep 12, 2011
Will They Sink or Swim? -- A Workshop on Management, Monitoring, and Modeling of California's Estuarine Marshes under Sea-level Rise Sep 15, 2011
Historical Ecology of Wetlands in the Vicinity of Elkhorn Slough Oct 9, 2014
The Biology, Monitoring, and Restoration of Eelgrass at Elkhorn Slough and Morro Bay Aug 24, 2018
A Comparison of Salt Marshes in Central California Estuaries Dec 3, 2018
Seagrass Restoration Triggers Rapid Recovery of Multiple Ecosystem Functions Feb 25, 2020
Science-Based Salt Marsh Ecosystem Restoration in Elkhorn Slough Mar 17, 2020

Documents and Publications

Applications from Paleoecology to Environmental Management and Restoration in a Dynamic Coastal Environment
PDF, 921KB
Dec 13 10
Watson, E.B., Wasson, K., Pasternack, G.B., Woolfolk, A., Van Dyke, E., Gray, A.B., Pakenham, A. & Wheatcroft, R.A.
Restoration Ecology
In press, 2010
To set estuarine restoration targets, coastal managers need to understand natural baselines and human modifications. The goal of this study was to characterize baseline environmental conditions for the purposes of restoration planning at Elkhorn Slough, a regionally significant California estuary.
Climate change scenarios for the California region
PDF, 923KB
Dec 13 10
Cayan, D., Maurer, E., Dettinger, M., Tyree, M. & Hayhoe, K.
Climatic Change 87: 21-42
To investigate possible future climate changes in California, a set of climate change model simulations was selected and evaluated.
Declining biodiversity: why species matter and how their functions might be restored in California tidal marshes
PDF, 658KB
Apr 02 07
Joy B. Zedler, John C. Callaway, and Gary Sullivan
Bioscience 51(12):1005-1017
Global sea level linked to global temperature
PDF, 329KB
Dec 13 10
Martin Vermeer and Stefan Rahmstorf
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 106(51):21527-21532
Authors propose a simple relationship linking global sea-level variations on time scales of decades to centuries to global mean temperature.
Physical and functional responses to experimental marsh surface elevation manipulation in Coos Bay's South Slough
PDF, 1.4MB
Jul 12 06
Cornu, Craig E. and Sadro, Steven
Restoration Ecology 10(3):474-486
September 2002
Dike material was used to create high, mid, and low elevation marshes to research vegetation and fish responses to varied restoration practices. High marsh facilitated rapid vegetation colonization, but sacrifices fish access and channel development. Mid elevation marsh facilitates vegetation colonization AND channel formation. Low marsh benefits fish initially but has slower vegetation colonization. This adaptive restoration approach was valuable in informing other, larger scale restoration strategies.
Residence Time and Seasonal Movements of Juvenile Coho Salmon in the Ecotone and Lower Estuary of Winchester Creek, South Slough, Oregon
PDF, 183KB
Jul 12 06
Miller, Bruce A. and Sadro, Steve
Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 132:546-559
The juvenile life history of coho salmon Oncorhynchus kisutch in the stream2estuary ecotone of Winchester Creek, South Slough, Oregon, was investigated in 1999–2001. Seines and a rotary screw trap were used to capture fish for dye-marking, and residence time within the ecotone was determined for recaptured marked fish. In the lower estuary, ultrasonic transmitters were used to document residence time and patterns of movement for smolts migrating to the ocean. Nearly half of each brood year moved to the estuary as subyearlings. A portion of age-0 juveniles that moved downstream during spring lived in the ecotone through summer for up to 8 months, then most moved back upstream to verwinter. Fish that moved to the ecotone during fall and winter had mean minimum residence times of 48 d in 1999 and 64 d in 2000. Some of the fish that moved to the ecotone during fall and winter moved into an off-channel beaver pond and resided there for a mean of 49 d. Spring age-1 smolts had a mean minimum residence time in the ecotone of 18 d for both years and used recently restored salt marshes and other off-channel habitats. Smolts implanted with ultrasonic transmitters lived in the lower estuary for an average of 5.8 d, during which their direction of movement corresponded to the direction of tidal flow.
Salt Marsh Restoration Experience in San Francisco Bay
PDF, 876KB
Aug 10 05
Philip Williams and Phyllis Faber
Journal of Coastal Research 27:203-211
Tracking wetland restoration: do mitigation sites follow desired trajectories?
PDF, 359KB
Aug 10 05
Joy B. Zedler and John C. Callaway
Restoration Ecology 7(1):69-73
Ancient Processes at the Site of Southern San Francisco Bay: Movement of the Crust and Changes in Sea Level
PDF, 878KB
Dec 13 10
Atwater, B.F.
SAN FRANCISCO BAY: THE URBANIZED ESTUARY Investigations into the Natural History of San Francisco Bay and Delta With Reference to the Influence of Man, Conomos, T.J. (editor) pp. 31-45
Sediment beneath the floor of the Bay suggests that at least four ephemeral estuaries have occupied the site of the Bay during the past 700,000 years. These estuaries presumably reflect global fluctuations in sea level caused by exchange of water between oceans and continental glaciers.
Bibliography: Tidal Wetlands
PDF, 204KB
Elkhorn Slough Coastal Training Program
Five Year Summary Report Martin Luther King, Jr. Regional Shoreline Wetlands Project
PDF, 5.4MB
Dec 08 06
Wetlands and Water Resources, Inc.
East Bay Regional Parks
December 2004
Save the Bay's Community Based Restoration Program Human Dimensions Research Project
PDF, 1.7MB
Dec 08 06
Nicole Cheslock and Melissa Amschl-Meiris
Save the Bay
December 2006
State of the Estuary
Jan 24 11
John Haskins
January 24, 2011
draft presentation


San Francisco Bay Area Wetlands Regional Monitoring Program Homepage
Aug 10 05
San Francisco Estuary Institute Homepage
Aug 10 05
EPA National Estuary Program: About Estuaries
Aug 10 05
Zedler, J.B. and J. Wilcox. 2005. Interconnected restoration challenges: controlling invasives and reestablishing natives. Arboretum Leaflets 2005-01
Sep 15 05
Zedler, J.B. and M. Peach. 2005. Increasing wetland diversity: How one plant creates habitat for others. Arboretum Leaflets 2005-02
Sep 15 05
Zedler, J.B. and C. Frieswyk. 2005. Characterizing dominance: Which species are dominant and how do they dominate? Arboretum Leaflets 2005-3
Sep 15 05